Washington, D.C., July 3, 2018 - This afternoon, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an extreme risk gun bill to allow for the temporary removal of guns from people who pose significant danger to themselves or others. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence applauded Gov. Baker and the Massachusetts legislature for enacting important legislation that will save lives and set an important example for other states to follow.
Brady Campaign co-presidents Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner stated:
“Massachusetts already has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, so passing this extreme risk bill proves an outstanding dedication by the state to protect its people from the injustices carried out by gun violence. We thank Gov. Baker and the Massachusetts legislature for putting its citizens first and making common-sense gun reform a top priority.”
Today’s bill signing makes Massachusetts the seventh state to enact an extreme risk law in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, FL.
Following the events of Parkland, the Brady Campaign’s three-point plan called for legislation to reduce gun violence, one of which included passing extreme risk laws. In addition to the state’s existing assault weapons ban and background check laws, Massachusetts has now enacted all parts of Brady’s three-point plan into law.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.