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Baker Voices Tentative Support for “Red Flag” Gun Bill

Local groups are angry that the governor hasn’t pushed to reinstate the death penalty.

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Drew Gerber
May 8, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said Monday “that he is open to a bill that would let family members petition a judge to temporarily take away someone’s gun—although he would not commit to signing it.”

Baker: “I tend not to comment on specific legislation until it actually works its way through the process. But conceptually … if there are ways to make our gun laws better, and there were a bunch of police chiefs here last week saying I have authority but I think this process might be a better one, then those are things we should look at.” (MassLive)

DEATH PENALTY. “Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign-trail rhetoric to reinstate the death penalty for cop killers suddenly falls silent when he’s on Beacon Hill, where the Swampscott Republican hasn’t filed a single bill to back up his bluster despite two police officers being killed on the job in the last two years.” The group Massachusetts Chiefs of Police “is actively considering filing a bill to reinstate the death penalty along with other measures to ensure police officer safety that could land on Beacon Hill in the next two weeks,” along with state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R) who plans to file her own bill. (Boston Herald)

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