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Safe & Secure: "I like that," says President Trump on local congressman's gun reform bill

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In KSBY's Safe & Secure, local Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal has introduced a gun violence restraining order on a federal level and it's gaining bipartisan support, even from the White House.

The federal Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) was proposed last May, but in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, there are renewed efforts to pass the law that would temporarily restrict people who are a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing a firearm.

Vice President Mike Pence suggested the idea at a bipartisan round-table conference earlier this month.

"To literally give families tools, law enforcement - as my state does and others have done - to be able to take action to remove those weapons for either a set period of time or longer," Pence said, to which President Trump replied, "I like that."

It's already law in several states, including California.

Supporters have maintained the law does not trample on the Second Amendment because close family members, roommates or law enforcement still have to go before a judge for a firearms restraining order.

"It is a law that has proven that it works and it doesn't infringe on anyone's rights, Second Amendment rights and it works well because it provides for due process," Rep. Carbajal said. He added that it is gaining momentum on both sides of the aisle, but it still has its critics.

The National Rifle Association has opposed the procedures in the past. When California implemented the GVRO in 2014 in response to the deadly mass shooting in Isla Vista, the NRA opposed it stating, "they provide a mechanism for an individual to lose the right to keep and bear arms with no due process of law."

Rep. Carbajal is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to immediately call for a vote on the federal legislation.

Most recently, the Florida House passed a GVRO and is now awaiting the governor's signature. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the bill's supporters, is pushing for more states to follow suit and calling for federal grants for states that establish gun restraining orders.

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