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Massachusetts lawmakers approve 'red flag' gun bill

Massachusetts Statehouse

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

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

The measure would let 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 was exhibiting dangerous or unstable behavior.

A person subject to such an order could appeal the decision.

The bill would also create a licensing procedure for stun guns in Massachusetts after the state's highest court ruled that a blanket ban on the devices was unconstitutional.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has indicated he's leaning toward signing the bill.

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed similar legislation in Rhode Island on June 1.

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