Gun-rights group opposes bill allowing removal of firearms from ‘extreme risk’ people

Gun-rights group opposes bill allowing removal of firearms from ‘extreme risk’ people

Credit: Angela Rowlings The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts is pledging to fight the proposed “extreme risk” gun bill as it heads to the Senate after overwhelmingly passing the House this week, but its battle may be a long shot with policymakers on both sides of the aisle supporting the legislation. “We’re going to continue to work against it,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of GOAL. “Originally, it was about preventing suicide and stopping mass murder, and then on Monday they released a completely new version of the bill. It was a gun bill. It is a moving target you can’t pin down. It is purely a gun confiscation bill now.” The bill, approved by the Democrat-controlled House on a 139-14 vote, would allow for the temporary removal of guns from people who are considered a danger to themselves or others by allowing relatives and people close to a gun owner to petition to remove the firearms. “It has nothing to do with stopping suicide or mass murder,” Wallace said. “It will only take their legal gun away and set them loose on our kids and society.” But the proposal has broad support as it heads to the Senate. “We are currently wrapping our budget debate but intend to move forward on our priorities, including gun safety, in the coming weeks. The Senate president is generally supportive of the legislation that has passed the House,” said Kevin Connor, spokesman for Senate President Harriette L. Chandler. Wind farm project […]

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