Red-flag bills introduced in Lansing aim to keep guns away from people posing danger

Red-flag bills introduced in Lansing aim to keep guns away from people posing danger

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Red-flag legislation introduced in both the House and Senate in Lansing. Among those behind the bill are state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Huntington Woods, center, and Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, right. (Sinclair Broadcasting Group/Mikenzie Frost) LANSING, Mich. — Democratic lawmakers in the state House and Senate came together Thursday to introduce legislation that would create an option for extreme risk protection orders for people. A package of several House and Senate bills have been introduced in an attempt to curb gun violence in Michigan, according to the sponsors. State Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Huntington Woods, said the plan allows judges to issue protective orders for anyone after family or law enforcement prove the individual is a threat. “Every time we see another senseless, gun-related tragedy play out in the news, we ask ourselves what could have been done to stop it,” he said. “This is an opportunity to take action.” A Harvard study shows about 85 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm end in death, while drug overdoses, which are the most common method of suicide attempts, are fatal in less than 3 percent of cases. Before an extreme risk protection order is issued, the court needs to consider testimony, documents and other evidence in support of the request, including whether the person had previously inflicted or threatened to inflict personal injury or harm to others. “It’s similar to a personal protection order,” Wittenberg said. “Some of the same evidence can be used, like social media posts or other […]

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