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States look to gun seizure law after mass killings

Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (File) (Douglas Healey, Getty Images)
Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (File) (Douglas Healey, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/06 11:28 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Connecticut's law was the first of its kind nationwide and was passed after the killings of four managers at the state lottery headquarters. It allows judges to order guns temporarily seized from people after police show they are a danger to themselves or others.

Indiana approved a similar law in 2005. And now California and New Jersey officials are debating gun seizure laws, both in the aftermath of the killings of six people near the University of California, Santa Barbara in May.

Gun rights advocates say such laws can violate people's constitutional rights.

 

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