Mass. Legislature approves red flag bill on guns, sends it to Baker’s desk

Gun Rights

THE HOUSE AND SENATE – Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of June 18-22. RED FLAG ON GUNS (H 4670) House 133-15, Senate 36-1, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker the conference committee version of the bill that would allow family or household members to petition the courts to issue an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) that would suspend a person’s license to carry a firearm and order him or her to surrender his or her firearms and ammunition if he or she is believed to be a danger to themselves or others. “I sleep well at night knowing this bill continues to ensure that Massachusetts is doing everything it can to lead the nation with common sense gun legislation that we know will save lives,” said Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), the sponsor of the bill. “Disappointingly, this bill did not address the issue of mental health,” said Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton). “This overly vague bill not only strips people of their civil rights, but it gives the public a false sense of security. More worrisome is that this legislation grants more authority to judges at a time we are learning there needs to be accountability for judges and their sentencing. We need to protect the public while protecting our rights as an individual.” “We have continued to be a leader in the nation in preventing gun violence and enhancing the quality of life in the commonwealth,” said […]

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