NY passes gun violence restraining order bill

A measure to establish “extreme risk protection orders” in the Empire State was approved by the lower chamber of the legislature this month.

The Democrat-backed proposal, A.6994, would allow a family member, police officer, or district attorney to file a petition with the court for a judge to decide if a subject poses a threat to themselves or others. This could lead to an order prohibiting firearms possession for up to one year, which could be renewed. Proponents feel the move, already law in California and Washington, would save lives.

“Family and household members are often the first to notice when someone is in crisis or exhibiting dangerous behavior,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Preventing access to guns by individuals in crisis who are found to be a danger to themselves or others could prevent incidents of interpersonal gun violence and suicide involving a gun.”

Under the measure’s guidelines, if a protection order is granted it would prohibit the subject from purchasing guns while mandating they surrender any they already own to authorities. When the order expires the owner could get their guns back so long as they were not a prohibited possessor and then records of the proceedings would be sealed.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, D-Manhattan, who proposed similar legislation in 2014 and later rolled the concept into a national gun control group he founded. His proposal was modeled on California’s AB1014, which established a framework to deny firearm possession by those believed to be dangerous in the wake of the killing of six individuals near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Isla Vista. A similar program passed by ballot referendum last fall in Washington after a $3.5 million campaign by groups funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


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source: http://www.guns.com/2017/06/29/ny-assembly-passes-gun-violence-restraining-order-bill/

  • Timothy Toroian

    Isn’t that how the Soviets jailed some people, on the complaint of one person? “I think he’s nuts so let’s take some of his rights?” Should take at least three psychiatrists.

    • sandraleesmith46

      The current laws require 2 psychiatrists, but keep in mind their definitions of “dangerous” are BOUGHT these days and extorted. Plus, they’re often a bit loonier than the patients they’re treating.

  • cp123

    This. Is a start to confiscation. On appeal it should be overturned. It’s like the FISA court,doing things in secret and denying people their rights.

  • sandraleesmith46

    Just because someone can’t legally own a gun doesn’t mean that person won’t get his hands on one; criminals do so every day, and use them illegally as well. MORE gun laws only hurt the innocent and law abiding citizens!

    • Ronald73

      Valid point. We know also that restraining orders sometimes are the trigger that sends the “restrained” person on a murderous path. We also know that some people, both normal and abnormal, have the ability to keep their composure under the most difficult circumstances but then the person with the instability wreaks havoc.

      • sandraleesmith46

        NYC has had some of the most stringent gun laws, like Chicago, for DECADES and yet there are gun crimes there everyday. Most of those are ILLEGALLY obtained guns. And they’re obtained in the city itself. It was that way over 65 years ago when I lived in the Metro area of NYC, and it’s still there same as ever.

  • Ronald73

    “Proponents feel the move, already law in California and Washington, would save lives.”
    Proponents “feel”… shouldn’t there be some evidence that the law would actually benefit society?
    I’m not arguing against the law, just the sentence as reported.

  • teaman

    A.6994 is totally in violation of the 2nd Amendment. Where the hell is the lawsuit!! Dummycrats are truly the most stupid people ever and when you have a large population of the idiots in one place, like NY, there is know stopping their stupidity.

    • Eddie G.

      teaman: The stupidity rests with the voters who keep giving these same dummies a job year after year.

  • Jmanjo

    If California and Washington already do this then New York should run away from it. Everything those two states all border on lunacy. They are freaks. Dumb idea!

  • CompletelyOutsane

    Just another way to rob citizens of UNALIENABLE RIGHTS! Do not fall for the circuitous route to disarming us all. That IS the goal.

  • amarvin

    This is brain damaged. It is incremental. Little by little restrict people’s rights. Criminals do not obey laws and will have as many guns as they want. Even the police in DC could not carry off duty. Many off duty cops have saved lives. I guess strict gun laws in Chicago have kept the city safe ???????

  • Jo Parker

    just one more inroad to be used to try to take guns away from us

  • Lee Strabel

    Hey New York demoncraps, we have ENOUGH laws there. You are one, of the most restrictive states there is. Lets cut the crap, stop making frivilous laws