More States have Gun Seizure Laws

Instead of locking up people, they’re locking up guns:

As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Connecticut‘s law was the first of its kind nationwide and was passed after the killings of four managers at the state lottery headquarters. It allows judges to order guns temporarily seized from people after police show they are a danger to themselves or others.

Indiana approved a similar law in 2005. And now California and New Jersey officials are debating gun seizure laws, both in the aftermath of the killings of six people near the University of California, Santa Barbara in May.

Gun rights advocates say such laws can violate people’s constitutional rights.


Think about this, people have gotten arrested and sentenced to prison for hiring a hitman (usually played by an undercover officer), people get arrested for hiring a hooker, yet these laws are not punishing people who intend to do harm, they’re only confiscating private property with the assumption that the future bad guy won’t simply make a homemade bomb or buy an illegal gun in the streets.
Gun rights advocates are correct in fearing these laws, because in the end they’re not really about stopping bad guys, they’re about empowering gun haters to single out individuals for gun confiscation.

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