Mass. House addresses Court stun gun ruling in redrafted ‘red flag’ bill

Mass. House addresses Court stun gun ruling in redrafted ‘red flag’ bill

BOSTON — The gun bill that the House intends to debate on Wednesday would add stun guns to the state law governing ownership of firearms, subjecting the weapons to the same licensing requirements as a rifle or shotgun. The measure was inserted into the bill as it was being rewritten by the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling in April that struck down the state’s ban on civilian ownership of stun guns, according to committee staff. The Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, gave the legislation a favorable recommendation on Monday morning, setting it up for a vote before the full House on Wednesday. The committee vote was 24-2. The overarching bill, originally sponsored by Rep. Majorie Decker, would allow a family or household member to petition a court to have someone’s firearms, weapons or ammunition confiscated for a year if they are found by a judge to pose a threat to themselves or others. Committee officials confirmed to the News Service that the stun gun language added to the so-called “red flag” bill would ensure that anyone wishing to carry a stun gun would first have to obtain a license to carry a firearm. The bill would also repeal the now unconstitutional provision on the books banning civilian stun gun ownership, they said. The April 17 decision written by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants striking down the state ban on stun guns brought the court’s position […]

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