California gun owners served with domestic violence restraining orders are legally required to hand over their firearms to authorities within 24 hours, but San Francisco does not have the resources to make sure they do.
That could change under a proposal from San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, who said Tuesday she will seek funding to track down and confiscate weapons from gun owners served with domestic violence restraining orders.
Hennessy is looking to hire at least one clerk and one deputy for the job.
The Sheriff’s Department plans come at the same time as a new report on domestic violence in San Francisco.
The Family Violence Council released the report Tuesday showing a 53 percent uptick in 911 domestic violence calls for a person with a gun between fiscal year 2016 and the year prior, a rise from 15 emergency calls to 23.
“What you have seen with some of the shootings that have happened across the country is that it’s a small detail that gets missed,” said Suzy Loftus, assistant legal counsel for Hennessy and a former police commissioner.
“At every point where someone becomes prohibited from carrying a firearm, are we doing everything that we can do to double down, increase our resources and then be able to follow up?” Loftus said.
Already this year, San Francisco has had two alleged domestic violence-related homicides, including one with a gun. On Jan. 19, a man is suspected of shooting his ex-wife Nellie Hue to death in the Sunset District before taking his own life.
A week earlier on Jan. 12, another man is suspected of fatally stabbing his mother Hoda Nasar at their Oceanview home.
The report also found that there was an increase in 911 domestic violence calls to report a person with a knife from 46 to 86 calls, an 87 percent increase.
Overall, the report found that there was a 3 percent increase in domestic violence 911 calls and a 4 percent increase in domestic violence cases investigated by the San Francisco Police Department. The number of 911 calls rose to 9,000, and the number of cases grew to 3,240.
Hennessy did not say how much funding she plans to request from the Board of Supervisors and the mayor for the proposal in the next fiscal year.
The proposal is a partnership with Adult Probation and Emily Murase of the Department on the Status of Women.
“It’s about staffing,” said. “San Mateo County, they had a dedicated person to look at all the cases. We don’t have that.”
Read the full report here.
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