New York legislature is considering bill that would mean gun confiscation for many people.
We just reported recently about California’s new law that provides steps for someone to petition a court to issue a “gun violence restraining order” on a family member that would result in confiscation of any firearms that individual possesses. All you’d have to do is present evidence to the court that that particular person is a danger to himself or others, and police would willingly confiscate that person’s guns.
Now, there’s another state thinking about doing the same thing. Not surprisingly, it’s New York. Guns.com reported:
A new bill intended for the state Assembly, modeled after California’s AB1014, was debuted this week by a Manhattan Democrat. Like the West Coast law, the first of its kind in the nation, it would set up a framework to deny firearm possession to those believed to be dangerous.
“So this is a bill that would permit family members or friends or medical professionals or law enforcement or really anyone who’s concerned that somebody having to access to guns poses a serious danger to go to a court and present evidence of that, and if the court were persuaded, they would be able to issue a temporary order preventing the person from acquiring or possessing guns,” Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, author of the legislation, told WAMC this week.
Kavanagh’s bill, as detailed in a release from his office, is intended to provide another tool in society’s toolbox to prevent gun violence. The avenue to implement the so-called gun violence restraining order would be the court system, who, upon being presented with a petition that contends an individual’s possession of guns in their current state could pose a general danger, could authorize an order to confiscate the firearms involved. The subject could then seek a “prompt hearing to respond to the petition and present any contrary evidence, and the court would only uphold the denial of access to guns if there is clear and convincing evidence of danger.”
The bill has already gained the quick support of a number of gun control groups including the Brady Campaign, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and former Rep. Gabreille Gifford’s Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC.
It will not be difficult at all to convince a court that another person’s guns need to be taken away. Remember, everyone in any official capacity wants to err on the side of taking everyone’s guns away, “just in case.” A medical professional or a disgruntled family member won’t need much information in order to determine that someone is “dangerous.” All it takes is one word taken way out of context.