GOAL AGAIN CALLS FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION FOR DANGEROUS PERSONS IN LIGHT OF WEYMOUTH MURDERS
BOSTON – The Gun Owners’ Action of Massachusetts called out the Massachusetts legislature and the courts today for not doing more to get dangerously, mental ill criminals off the streets of the Commonwealth. Less than two weeks after Governor Baker signed the poorly crafted Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) (Red Flag) bill tragedy strikes. What appears to be a mentally deranged drug dealer out on bail murdered a Weymouth police officer and a widow in cold blood. The accused killer had no legal access to guns and as such the new law, as passed, is a useless tool in this scenario.
“We at GOAL cannot comprehend the grief these families are dealing with. Sadly, this is precisely the scenario we warned everyone about during the recent “Red Flag” legislation debates,” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts. “We warned everyone who would listen that identifying dangerous individuals due to severe mental health problems and only taking away their legally owned guns was a fail from the start. Here, we had a clearly deranged individual that had no legal access to guns, so the ERPO law is useless!”
GOAL believes the Governor and Legislature had an historic opportunity to enhance safety across the state by making the ERPO much more comprehensive by helping those that desperately need it and confining those who are too dangerous to walk among us.
The Extreme Risk Protection Order bill was passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in June and signed by the Governor on July 3, 2018. The bill, originally heralded as a mental health bill, became a gun confiscation bill with no provisions for mental health evaluations and services for those deemed an extreme risk by the courts.