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Baker signs 'red flag' gun bill

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, signed a bill that will allow for the temporary removal of guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others. (Twitter/MassGovernor)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed a bill that will allow for the temporary removal of guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

The new law lets a relative or someone else with close ties to a legal gun owner petition a court for a 12-month extreme risk protection order if the individual is exhibiting dangerous or unstable behavior.

The individual can appeal the decision.

The so-called "red flag" bill was given final approval by the Massachusetts House and Senate last week.

Baker, a Republican, said the new law will help prevent gun deaths and suicides while protecting Second Amendment rights.

"Massachusetts' gun laws are a model for the nation, and creating an additional pathway to keep guns away from people unfit to possess them will make our laws even stronger," the governor said on Twitter.

The new law also creates a licensing procedure for stun guns in Massachusetts after the state's highest court ruled a blanket ban on the devices was unconstitutional.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed "red flag" legislation on June 1.

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