By Tom Knighton
As “red flag laws” sweep the country, it’s kind of surprising that Massachusetts hasn’t already embraced the potentially right-stripping legislation with gusto. One might have expected them to already have such a law in place well before Parkland, but they didn’t.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, however, is expected to fix that “oversight” at some point today.
Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a bill on Tuesday that will give Massachusetts even stronger gun control laws.
Massachusetts already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The so-called “red flag” bill, or extreme risk protection order bill, will allow a family or household member to petition a judge to confiscate someone’s gun if the person poses a danger to themselves or others.
Baker, a Republican, on Monday said he was swayed by the support of the state’s police chiefs.
“Massachusetts has always relied on police chiefs to serve as the primary point of decision-making on issues around license to carry,” Baker said. “The fact that the police chiefs came out and support this legislation meant a lot to us.”
The fact that police chiefs–political animals that often reflect the politics of the officials who appoint them than the rank-and-file officers who deal with …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms