Bad to begin with

A measure that would have allowed seizure of guns from people deemed a danger to themselves or others appears dead in the House Judiciary Committee.

Good. It represented a knee-jerk response to a very real problem: How to disarm dangerous individuals before than can harm others.

House Bill 75 was introduced last year by Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr. It would have denied — before a crime is committed — a person access to firearms and ammunition after a police officer, a judge or a magistrate deemed him or her a “dangerous individual.”

The bill’s definition of “dangerous individual” was, at best, shaky. Add to that, the measure likely was unconstitutional and its death was merited.

The National Rifle Association did not support the measure and, in some quarters, is being painted as the bad guy in the bill’s demise, but that is nonsense. It was bad legislation to begin with.

2 Responses to Bad to begin with

  1. Elizabeth April 15, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    The bill was going to be the proverbial can of worms. “Dangerous individual” was a tad to subjective, mildly stated. Thank goodness it did not go anywhere. I truly would rather see vehicles removed from many 20 something males….😉.

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  2. Elizabeth April 15, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    The bill was going to be the proverbial can of worms. “Dangerous individual” was a tad to subjective, mildly stated. Thank goodness it did not go anywhere. I truly would rather see vehicles removed from many 20 something males….😉.

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