Massachusetts Gov. Baker signs “extreme risk” gun bill

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that will allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others. The new law lets a relative or someone else with close ties to a legal gun owner petition a court for a 12-month extreme risk protection order if the individual is exhibiting dangerous or unstable behavior. The individual can appeal the decision. The so-called "red flag" bill was given final approval by the Massachusetts House and Senate last week. Baker, a Republican, said the new law will help prevent gun deaths and suicides while protecting Second Amendment rights. The new law also creates a licensing procedure for stun guns in Massachusetts after the state’s highest court ruled a blanket ban on the devices was unconstitutional.

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