BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has shot down a bill that would allow authorities to seize guns from a person who a family member or law enforcement believes is a danger.
The House voted 76-17 Tuesday to kill the bipartisan “red flag” measure. The bill would allow a judge to order guns temporarily seized if the police or family members believe a person is a danger to themselves or others.
A court hearing must be held within 14 days to determine whether to return the guns or hold them for up to a year.
Opponents argue the bill is a violation of due process. Supporters say it will save lives.
Thirteen other states already have a similar law on the books.