Law enforcement groups back red flag gun law

Law enforcement groups back red flag gun law

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, surrounded by members of the state Senate, speaks in support of legislation that would create a statewide anonymous tip hotline for students to report concerns that other students might be planning violence. John Finnerty/CNHI HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s prosecutors and local police chiefs on Tuesday threw their support behind a so-called “red flag” bill that would create a mechanism for relatives to cut off access to firearms for people exhibiting warning signs of potential violence. “We’re not only first responders, we bear witness to these tragedies,” said Tom Gross, executive director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. “When we see an opportunity to have a tool to prevent these tragedies we support it.” That wasn’t the only major endorsement of legislation at the Capitol intended to respond to concerns about school safety. Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined members of the Senate Tuesday to back their plan for creating a statewide tipline for students to report potential threats of violence. Shapiro said that by not taking action to prevent school shootings, “it’s a choice we are making to allow it to continue.” By moving to pass the tipline bill, lawmakers in the Senate are making the choice to intervene to prevent violence, he said. The red flag measure proposed in the House is similar to legislation that’s already passed in a handful of states and is being considered in many other states, advocates said. Eight states have red flag laws, Sarah Higginbotham, of Everytown for […]

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