Supporters say these “red flag” laws are among the most promising tools to reduce the nearly 40,000 suicides and homicides by firearm each year in the U.S. Gun advocates, though, say such measures undermine their constitutional rights and can result in people being stripped of their weapons on false or vindictive accusations.
From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 302 petitions have been filed across the state, with Anne Arundel, Harford and Baltimore counties having the most orders, said Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin.
The full city council is set to vote on a legislative package this week that includes a number of gun regulations, including a measure that would allow police to immediately seize firearms from someone who poses an immediate danger.
Data show Maryland’s new “red flag” gun safety law drew more than 100 requests to remove firearms from individuals in the first month it went into effect.
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