(KRON) – Santa Clara has seized more guns from “dangerous, disturbed and suicidal people” than anywhere else in California, according to a recently released report from the attorney general.

According to the attorney general, Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) allow police to temporarily take away guns from people who a court agrees are likely to “commit a mass shooting, murder or suicide.”

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With more than 645 GVROs in 2023, Santa Clara issued more than double the number of protective orders per capita than any other county in the state and more than 17 times compared to San Francisco’s GVROs that year, the report said .

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According to the report, Santa Clara accounted for nearly a quarter of the 2,719 GVROs issued in California last year. San Diego was the county that distributed the second most in 2023, with 503 GVROs.

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Guns are dangerous – and divisive. However, we all agree on some important things. We agree that someone who threatens a mass shooting should not have a gun. We agree that someone who threatens to kill his wife or girlfriend should not have a gun. We agree that a suicidal person should not have a gun. We must build on this consensus and the common sense use of California’s red flag law to get guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen

Despite having 645 GVROs in 2023, Santa Clara is currently issued nearly five times as many as in 2019. When GVROs were first issued in 2016, Santa Clara issued seven protective orders, the report said.

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According to the California Department of Justice, a GVRO can last from 21 days to a year.

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