As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.
Connecticutâ€™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.
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Police statewide filed an estimated 183 executed gun seizure warrants with court clerks last year, more than twice the number filed in 2010, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch data. Last yearâ€™s total also was nearly nine times higher than the annual average in the first five years of the gun seizure law.
Connecticut police have seized more than 2,000 guns using the warrants, according to the most recent estimate by state officials, in 2009.
Be very careful of what you say to people, or what you write online. All it takes is a “he said she said” call to the cops. The judges go along with whatever flimsy evidence cops present to them.
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