Durham lawmaker pushes to allow families to petition for gun-restraining orders

Durham lawmaker pushes to allow families to petition for gun-restraining orders

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham lawmaker has proposed legislation that would allow citizens to petition a court to seize a person’s guns if they fear they pose a danger to the public or to themselves. North Carolina State Representative Marcia Morey filed House Bill 525 which would allow a family member, a law enforcement agency or health care provider to file a petition to have an individual’s firearms removed. There would be an ex-parte hearing where the person seeking the protection would go to court and swear to facts about the case. If a judge finds the risk of harm to be great enough, an order would be signed to have the gun owner’s firearms immediately taken. Within five to 10 days, the gun owner will be notified of a hearing that will allow them to present their case to have the guns either returned or removed for up to a year. “It’s just heartbreaking every time you see another mass shooting and where you see Durham has had a record number of shootings,” Morey said. “As a judge, I would hear testimony after a tragedy where they saw these warning signs and they wished there was something they could have done to get the guns out of the hands of the wrong person.” Just this week in Watauga County, 32-year-old Isaac Barnes shot and killed his mother, stepfather, two sheriff deputies, and then himself, officials say. Authorities in Boone said the family had voiced concerns before the […]

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