States look to gun seizure law

HARTFORD, Conn. – As state officials across the U.S. grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Connecticut’s law allows judges to order guns temporarily seized after police present evidence that a person is a danger to themselves or others. A court hearing must be held within 14 days to determine whether to return the guns or authorize the state to hold them for up to a year.

The 1999 law, the first of its kind in the U.S., was in response to the 1998 killings of four managers at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters by a disgruntled employee with a history of psychiatric problems.

Indiana is the only other state that has such a law, passed in 2005 after an Indianapolis police officer was shot to death by a mentally ill man. California and New Jersey lawmakers are now considering similar statutes, both proposed in the wake of the killings of six people — three stabbed to death and three fatally shot— and wounding of 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, by a mentally ill man who had posted threatening videos on YouTube.

14 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • LaRae Bailey says:

    like always the democrats want power and control to do as they choose and if voters do not pay attention they will get that power and control…we are in such dire straights right now with a lousey government if not very careful this country will not be fit to live in either…help educate all low information voters when you can do so..everyone helps

  • Charles90210 says:

    Psychiatry has betrayed so many communities with their more profitable abuse of atypical anti-psychotic ‘prescriptions’ without any laboratory biological pathological basis. It’s almost alarming psychiatric abuse isn’t made illegal already

  • wildbill says:

    People are killed by automobiles, knives, falling out of windows, by food poisoning, snake bites, drowning, baseball bats, why do you not just prohibit everything, and I almost forgot, heart attacks, cancer, diseases, and starvation, that just about sums it up.

  • Raccoon1 says:

    We need to vote out ALL elected officials that want to take away gun rights and if they “change” their views after they are in office, kick them out

  • ralfo says:

    Probably never occurred to the stupid legislators that the common denominator here is whackos that should be institutionalized for life plus a day (just to be sure that they don’t pull a Freddy Kruger). Adios!

    1. Marine68 says:

      That is because they have much in common with those whackos.

  • JONDO says:

    That wont work because the law is one of our laws biggest abusers.

  • jdbixii says:

    Tell me that the government is going to evaluate every illegal alien who entered the country to determine whether they, given the environment of violence or instability of the countries or circumstances from which they came, pose a threat to American citizens. There is every reason for Americans to resist any effort to change the provisions of the Constitution with respect to the right to keep and bear arms. A society which is extremely tolerant of risk and encourages the taking of risks ought to have no problem with this idea.

    1. JONDO says:

      Oh no, they are above our laws.Matter of fact they step over the border thr not frisked like we are when we step out of the house. we cant step out of the house without breaking some law the government has trumped up to fleece the public..

    2. Balto2 says:

      Most if not all were democrats who were the perps.. Start with the Democrats and Libs for evaluations and probably guns would not have to be removed, they would probably end up institutionalized and leave the guns for the sane conservatives and the few Dems left to protect our Constitution.

  • James in Texas says:

    We all can only retain the Rights we are “willing to Fight for”, Period! Continue to be asleep at the Ballot Box and we will awaken with only the “freedoms and rights” the government allows us, which will be very few!

    1. Marine68 says:

      You are absolutely right! These jokers sound like they are cock sure of the Communist takeover without resistance; Not going to happen to the Patriots that love American Freedom as it was won.

    2. LindaSinclair says:

      Your are 100000000% correct!!

    3. hpinnc says:

      It never ceases to amaze me, these idiots think if they can just take up the guns, the crimes will stop. They are so stupid. Like someone said, are we then going to take away forks & spoons because they are making people fat. Makes just as much logic. That is just how warped these morons thinking is, & they are in charge of running this government. God help us!!!!!!!!!!!!

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