‘Red flag’ gun access bill easily clears Mass. Senate

‘Red flag’ gun access bill easily clears Mass. Senate

By Katie Lannan / State House News Service Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, told her colleagues that if they think the inconvenience of limiting individuals to purchasing no more than 15 firearms a year is too much, then she would invite them to join her at the next funeral of a teen in her district. BOSTON – Both branches of the state Legislature have now signed off on bills that would create a new judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals. The bill, which the Senate approved on a voice vote Thursday, would allow family or household members to petition the courts for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) in cases where someone poses a threat to themselves or others. The judge’s order would suspend someone’s license to carry firearms and require that individual to temporarily surrender “firearms, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, weapons or ammunition.” Under the Senate’s bill, police would also provide information about mental health, crisis intervention and counseling services to both the person who requested the order and the subject of it. The so-called “red flag” bill gained momentum amid deadly school shootings. While opponents warned it infringes on gun rights, supporters said its passage is needed to safeguard lives. State Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, who sponsored the original version of the bill, said she was “elated” it had passed both branches. “I see this becoming law,” she said. “I think the differences will be easily worked out.” Decker and Senate Majority Leader […]

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