POLICE CHIEFS BACK "RED FLAG" FIREARMS ACCESS BILL
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 30, 2018....The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is now urging lawmakers to pass a so-called "red flag" bill aimed at reducing gun violence, describing it as another tool for public safety and a way of closing "dangerous loopholes."
Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar, the association's president, visited the State House with gun violence prevention advocates Monday to drum up support for Rep. Marjorie Decker's extreme risk protection order (ERPO) bill, which has not surfaced in the House or Senate despite heavy lobbying for its passage.
The bill (H 3610), pending before the House Ways and Means Committee, would allow a family member, roommate or law enforcement official to petition the court to bar someone from owning a firearm if their gun ownership presents a "significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others."
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