Baker signs ‘red flag’ bill into law

Baker signs 'red flag' bill into law

Sam Doran photo/SHNSGov. Charlie Baker shakes hands with House Speaker Robert DeLeo before signing the “red flag” gun bill on Tuesday afternoon. BOSTON – With a raft of advocates and lawmakers huddled around the desk in his ceremonial office, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed a law to allow family members to petition the courts to suspend gun ownership rights of someone they believe to be a danger. The legislation gained attention and traction on Beacon Hill following the mass shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and goes into the books this session alongside the law that Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed in November to ban devices used to make guns fire more rapidly. The so-called “red flag” gun bill creates a process by which a family or household member can ask a judge to suspend someone’s gun license through an extreme risk protection order, or ERPO. “I do believe we’re probably the only state in the country that’s both outlawed bump stocks and passed an ERPO legislation, which says that even in a state like ours — which has made tremendous progress on this issue — when there’s more to do we do it, and we do it in a way that gives everybody a chance to be heard,” Baker said before signing the law. In a statement released after the bill signing, Baker said the law “creates a responsible way to help prevent gun deaths and suicides while protecting […]

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