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Massachusetts Speaker DeLeo pushing "red flag" gun bill

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By STEVE LeBLANC
Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo says he plans to bring a bill before the Massachusetts House that would let firearms be taken from people who show unstable or potentially dangerous behavior.

DeLeo made the announcement Wednesday at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

The so-called "red flag" bill would let family members petition a court if they believe a legal gun owner poses a risk to themselves or others.

Similar legislation has been considered in several states since the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

DeLeo says a vote will be taken on the bill later this month and he expects it to pass.

Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace said the bill focuses too much on guns and not the individuals.

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