State Senate panel passes gun control bill

State Senate panel passes gun control bill

Metro Modal Trigger Getty Images/iStockphoto A bill that would allow police and prosecutors to confiscate weapons from people deemed a danger to themselves or others passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The legislation was referred to a second committee before it can go to the floor for a vote, but even Republican opponents acknowledged it could pass. “The political climate for gun control is very hot right now,” conceded Judiciary Committee Chairman John Bonacic, who then voted against moving the legislation to a floor vote. More gun owners and Second Amendment activists are acknowledging that a series of school massacres show more needs to be done to keep weapons out of the hands of potential mass murderers. “As we’ve seen, these tragedies where someone who clearly demonstrated evidence that they were likely to harm themselves or others eventually did so and local authorities have few steps that they can take – people have realized that this tool of an extreme risk protection order could be very effective in that circumstance,” said state Sen. Brian Kavanagh, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the bill. The Senate bill would allow family members, household members, law enforcement and district attorneys to get emergency “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” when there’s clear evidence that someone is likely to try to hurt themselves or others. It has already passed the Assembly and has support from Gov. Cuomo. Those deemed at risk could contest the move in a hearing. The temporary orders would allow cops […]

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