People deemed to be a danger can lose gun rights under new law

People deemed to be a danger can lose gun rights under new law

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Tuesday a bill that will give courts the authority to strip weapons from people who have been identified by their families as a danger to themselves or others. Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Tuesday a bill that will give courts the authority to strip weapons from people who have been identified by their families as a danger to themselves or others, strengthening the state’s already strict gun laws, and making Massachusetts the latest state to respond to a national spate of mass shootings with more restrictions on firearms. Baker, a Republican, signed the “red flag” legislation at the State House surrounded by Democratic legislators, police officers, mothers who have rallied for stronger gun laws, and a Cambridge Rindge & Latin School student who had been advocating for the bill. (Baker gave Gracie Thompson one of the pens used to sign the parchment.) “Even in a state like ours, which has made tremendous progress on this issue, when there’s more to do, we do it — and we do it in a way that gives everybody the chance to be heard,” Baker said. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Beacon Hill’s leading advocate for gun control who spearheaded a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s gun laws in 2014 and helped lead the charge on the new measure, said: “As we stand here right now, I think we can rest assured that we did everything that we could do to keep our constituents safe from […]

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