As with any law, Kavanagh’s proposal would be open to abusive reports as well.
A New York state assemblyman is pushing to allow “really anyone who’s concerned” to temporarily deny even law-abiding citizens access to guns.
Democratic assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan announced legislation last week that would let anyone bring law-abiding citizens into court for a temporary order to either confiscate their guns or prevent them from buying any firearm in the first place. The bill would force citizens to defend themselves to a court of law even if no charges have been filed against them.
“This is a bill that would permit family members or friends or medical professional or law enforcement or really anyone who’s concerned that somebody having access to guns poses a serious danger to go to a court and present evidence of that, and if the court were persuaded, they would be able to issue a temporary order preventing the person from acquiring or possessing guns,” Kavanagh said, according to New York public radio WAMC.
“The person who is the subject of the order would then have an opportunity to appeal that decision,” after the court has taken away their firearms due to someone else’s concerns.