Senate passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill

Senate passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill

The Massachusetts Senate is poised Thursday to pass a bill that would give judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a danger to themselves or others. The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a danger to themselves or others. The legislation, already passed by the House, would allow family members, roommates, current and former romantic partners, and police officials to petition a local court to take away a gun owner’s weapons for year. It has been cheered by gun-control advocates as a way to save lives, while opponents say it’s a gun grab disguised as substantive public safety legislation. Passage of the bill was by a voice vote, meaning no senator had to go on record for or against the measure on the politically sensitive issue. The bill would create “a new legal tool to protect the public called an extreme risk protection order,” said Senator Cynthia S. Creem during floor debate. “We’re not changing the Second Amendment. We’re not doing anything drastic. All we’re doing is making restrictions on those that should not be using guns.” The Newton Democrat said too many times after a tragedy, family members say they are not surprised, and that there were red flags pointing to person’s homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Over the course of Thursday afternoon, the Senate adopted several amendments, including ones mandating courts notify gun owners of their right to counsel and shortening the […]

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