Senate passes ‘red flag’ bill, bump stock ban

PROVIDENCE – The Senate approved two bills May 24 aimed at preventing gun violence and mass shootings.

The “red flag” law sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, D-Providence, would allow police to seek an “extreme risk protective order” from Superior Court prohibiting individuals from possessing firearms, based on threats and other warning signs the person may commit violence.

The order would prohibit the person from possessing or purchasing guns, require them to surrender any guns in their possession and invalidate any concealed carry permits they have. Violation would be a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The bump stock ban, sponsored by Sen. James A. Seveney, D-Bristol, would prohibit the possession, transport, manufacture, shipping or selling of bump stocks. Those in violation would face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. The House passed similar legislation April 12 but now must approve the Senate bills.

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