Senate passes extreme risk bill to strengthen gun laws

BOSTON – On June 7, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her Senate colleagues in voting to engross H.4539, An Act Relative to Firearms. The bill, also known as the “Red Flag” bill or “ERPO” bill, allows a judge to order the immediate suspension and surrender of any license to carry firearms from an at-risk person when petitioned by that person’s family or household member.

“This bill is a commonsense measure that ensures Massachusetts continues to lead the way on gun control by empowering families and household members with an effective tool to prevent suicides and other gun deaths,” said Senator Friedman. “Moving forward, we must continue to look for more ways to protect the safety and security of our residents.”

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