Firearm Safety

Restraining Orders

Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO)

An order that allows law enforcement to take firearms and ammunition from persons who are danger to self/others. It requires the person to relinquish all firearms and/or ammo immediately. There are three types of GVRO’s:

  1. Temporary Emergency Order is for an immediate threat and is only issued by Law Enforcement.
  2. Temporary Ex-Parte is a formal application made in court by Law Enforcement or by Family / Housemates.
  3. Order after Notice/Hearing is a One Year order after a full hearing.

More gun violence restraining order information is available.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship, which may include married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together. It is also when the abused person and the abusive person are closely related by blood or by marriage.

Firearm Laws

Municipal Codes regarding Fire Arms:

Fact sheets for California gun laws (PDF) and from the California Department of Justice’s Attorney General.

Run Hide Defend

Run, Hide, Defend training better prepares students, faculty and staff for an active shooter. Since an active shooter situation is often over within 10 to 15 minutes—and before law enforcement arrives on scene—students, faculty and staff must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. 

For more information, please email our Run Hide Defend training program.

Suicide Prevention Links

Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. The best way to prevent suicide is to recognize warning signs and know how to respond if you spot them. If you believe that a friend or family member is suicidal, you can play a role in suicide prevention by pointing out the alternatives, showing that you care, and getting a doctor or psychologist involved.

More references about the Community Solutions crisis hotlines.
More information available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Center for Disease Control’s Suicide Prevention guide.

Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearms safety and education. The group is committed to promoting genuine firearms safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S.

Gun Locks

Do you need gun locks? Free gun locks are available by emailing our Gun Lock program.

Surrender Firearms

Do you live within the City Limits of Morgan Hill and need to safely dispose of unwanted firearms or ammunition? Call 408-779-2101 to make an appointment with an officer.


  • Do NOT enter the police department with firearms or ammunition.
  • Have the firearm(s) unloaded and locked in a secure container in the trunk of your vehicle and separately from any ammunition.
  • Enter the police department lobby unarmed and tell the front desk that you would like to dispose of your firearm(s) and/or ammunition. An officer will retrieve the firearm(s) and/or ammunition from the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Use proper handling when transporting firearms or ammunition.

Gang Prevention

Parents play an important role in keeping young people from joining gangs. There are many things parents can do to help their children stay away from gangs, including monitoring their activities, fostering close relationships with them, and by using positive and consistent discipline. However, parents often lack accurate information about gangs. The linked guide from the National Gang Center is designed to provide parents with answers to common questions about gangs, enabling them to better recognize and prevent gang involvement.

Parent Project

The Parent Project’s mission is to develop parent training classes and programs for those parents raising difficult or out-of-control children. The Morgan Hill Police Department is committed to providing access to highly effective programs that are affordable for every parent.

For more information, please contact our School Resource Officer.