"Gun violence restraining orders" are spreading across the US...
Via New York Daily News:
A coalition of influential gun control advocates joined forces Wednesday to call for legislation that would make it easier to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.
Under the proposed measure, family members or law enforcement could petition a court for “Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” which, if granted, would allow officers to temporarily confiscate firearms and prevent the purchase of additional weapons by those deemed at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.
State Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), a sponsor of the bill, said existing law falls short because it normally requires someone to be charged with a crime before their weapons can be confiscated.
“This creates a civil process where the sole question is whether the person is likely to cause harm,” Kavanagh said.
Kavanagh said advocates for the bill intend to do “whatever we believe is necessary” to get the legislation adopted this year.
Among the other groups calling for the law’s adoption were New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Giffords Law Center, which was founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly.
“It's an effective law that will help reduce gun violence in New York,” said Nico Bocour, state legislative director for Giffords. “This bill would provide families and law enforcement with a tool to temporarily reduce someone's access to guns if they are at risk of harming themselves or others.”
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