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Lawmaker Pitches CT Gun Seizure Law To Other States

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CT Rep. Arthur O'Neill (R-Southbury)

A Connecticut lawmaker wants other states to know about a law on his state's books that could help prevent mass shootings.

Republican Rep. Arthur O'Neill of Southbury says he is sending a letter to leaders of 45 state legislatures that don't have a risk warrant law like Connecticut's statute.

California, Washington, Oregon and Indiana have similar laws, which allow authorities to remove firearms from someone who poses an imminent risk to themselves or others. In Connecticut, probable cause must first be determined and a judge needs to sign the warrant.

Connecticut's law has been on the books since 1999. It stems from a deadly workplace shooting at the state's lottery headquarters in 1998. O’Neill says it's designed to deal with situations like the recent Florida school shooting, involving unstable individuals.

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