Baker Signs ‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Law Over Gun Owner Objections

Baker Signs ‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Law Over Gun Owner Objections

Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo shake hands Tuesday, July 3 shortly before Baker signed a new so-called Red Flag law providing a mechanism for guns to be taken away from gun owners if they are determined to pose a danger to themselves or others. State House News Service Photo by Sam Doran. By Colin A. Young State House News Service With a raft of advocates and lawmakers huddled around the desk in his ceremonial office, Governor 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 on February 14, and goes into the books this session alongside the law then-Acting Governor 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 (known as an 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 […]

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