Divided legislative panel endorses ‘red flag’ gun bill for Maine

Divided legislative panel endorses 'red flag' gun bill for Maine

Home | Courts Portland Press Herald AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee split Tuesday on a bill that would allow a judge to order individuals to temporarily surrender their guns if they are deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others. On a 7-4 vote, Judiciary Committee members endorsed the bill, which would allow police or family members to seek a “community protection order” against a person “who presents an immediate and present danger of serious bodily injury or death.” If approved by a judge, the protection order would require the individual to relinquish any firearms for 14 days initially but that time frame could be extended up to six months after a District Court hearing. Known as a “red flag” law, the bill is one of several dozen under consideration nationwide that supporters say would help keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are suicidal […]

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