BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would preemptively disarm individuals who display unstable or potentially dangerous behavior appears headed to Massachusetts lawmakers for a vote.
The joint legislative Committee on Public Safety recommended the bill be approved on Friday, paving its way to both the House and Senate chambers for a debate and vote.
The so-called “red flag bill” would let family members or police officers who are concerned that a legal gun owner “poses a significant risk of causing personal injury to self or others,” petition a judge to issue an extreme risk protection order.
Such an order would prevent the individual from possessing or purchasing firearms for one year.
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Similar proposals have gained traction around the country after the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.