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Lawmakers Approve "Extreme Risk" Gun Bill in Massachusetts



    'Red Flag' Bill Passes Mass. Legislature

    The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill that allows the temporary removal of guns from people who are believed to be a danger to themselves or others.

    (Published Thursday, June 28, 2018)

    Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

    The so-called "red flag" bill was given final approval by the Massachusetts House and Senate on Thursday.

    The measure would let a relative or someone else with close ties to a legal gun owner petition a court for a 12-month extreme risk protection order if the individual was exhibiting dangerous or unstable behavior.

    A person subject to such an order could appeal the decision.

    The bill would also create a licensing procedure for stun guns in Massachusetts after the state's highest court ruled that a blanket ban on the devices was unconstitutional.

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has indicated he's leaning toward signing the bill.

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