MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are talking about a bill that would allow police to temporarily remove guns from someone arrested for domestic violence.
Vermont Public Radio reports proponents and critics of the bill spoke at the Statehouse Tuesday night. The bill would allow police to seize guns, for up to five days, following a domestic incident if the officer believes the owner is poses a threat.
Critics say the measure violates the U.S. Constitution by infringing on due process. Democratic Sen. Dick Sears has introduced another bill that would require a judge’s order in order to temporarily seize firearms.
Supporters say it could save lives. Domestic violence advocates say the bill protects victims and give them a chance to plan.
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The bill will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net