Gun-rights advocates say the move is government overreach that might actually jeopardize public safety.
“If we drag someone with mental health issues through the court process, you’re going to exacerbate those problems,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners’ Action League, the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association.
Police chiefs have broad discretion over firearms licenses, he said, and may confiscate weapons from people with criminal records and a history of mental illness.
“This is actually a dangerous bill that really won’t make people safe,” he said.
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