More calls to strip away the rights of law-abiding gun owners...
Via USA Today:
Four states have adopted the measures called "extreme risk protection orders." Legislation is pending in Congress urging states to adopt more of the provisions. President Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have each said they will review gun restrictions in an effort to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.
But gun rights groups typically oppose the measures for hindering access to and ownership of guns. Connecticut has the option to request an emergency court order, but it didn’t prevent the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
And the adults who brought the alleged Florida gunman into their home said they didn’t realize he could be violent.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with murdering 17 people at a Florida school he used to attend with an AR-15-style rifle he bought legally. He has a history of mental-health issues, according to public defender Melisa McNeill...
...The court orders adopted in Connecticut, California, Washington and Oregon generally allow requests to judges to order the removal of firearms from someone determined to be a threat before they commit violence.
"Like so many others that came before it, this tragedy was avoidable," said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the advocacy group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "It's time to change the conversation about guns in America, and that starts with each one of us asking hard questions and demanding accountability from our elected officials...”
...The Oregon Legislature adopted its law for “extreme risk protection orders” last year after the shooting deaths of nine people and injuries to eight at Umpqua Community College in October 2015.
Gov. Kate Brown testified in April 2017 that an expedited court hearing is the best way to ensure guns are kept out of the hands of people at risk of harming themselves or others, while still ensuring their rights.
Statements submitted for the Oregon debate revealed strongly held positions on both sides.
The Firearms Policy Coalition opposed the bill for threatening to confiscate a person’s legally obtained guns based on hearsay.
Gaither Everett of Medford opposed the bill as “another outrageous assault on liberty, private property and due process.”
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