Members of the Massachusetts House will consider a bill Wednesday that would temporarily take away weapons from people deemed a risk to themselves or others.
Under the bill, a family member or law enforcement official could petition the court for an extreme risk protection order, seeking a judge to confiscate a person’s weapons if they’re exhibiting dangerous behavior.
If approved, it would take immediate effect with the possibility for extending the order for up to a year.
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association sent a letter to legislators last month in support of the bill.
“ERPO represents a reasonable, common-sense approach to reducing gun violence and helps redirect at-risk individuals to counseling and assistance,” Steven Wojnar, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Dudley chief of police, wrote.
The Gun Owners’ Action League calls the bill “a direct attack on our civil rights” and believes it does not address mental health or suicide prevention.
GOAL has urged their members to call their representatives and ask how they’re voting on the bill.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker. The Cambridge Democrat calls the legislation a “measured and reasonable approach” that could decrease gun violence in Massachusetts.