North Dakota House considers 'red-flag' gun seizure measure

Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 5:24 AM CST
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North Dakota's House is considering 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 Judiciary Committee completed its two-day hearing Monday on the bipartisan "red flag" measure.

The bill would allow a judge to order guns temporarily seized if 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 others states already have a similar law on the books.

The committee did not take immediate action on the bill.