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Trends Emerge In California's Use Of Gun-Confiscation Law


In some parts of the country, the state can take guns from people who are considered extreme risks to themselves or other people.

California all states in allowing Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) in 2016. And since that time, there's been a sharp uptick in use of the law. New research also shows that most of the orders involve men (91%), most of them white (59%).

Garen Wintermute is at the University of California-Davis, Amy Barnhorst directs the BulletPoints project, also at UC-Davis, and Rocco Pallin is Education Director for BulletPoints, and the lead author on the recent research paper.

Our three guests discuss the research findings and their implications.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.