States look to gun-seizure laws as way to prevent mass killings

So, here we go again…

A gun-seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago is getting more attention, and more use, after high-profile mass shootings.

HARTFORD, Conn. — As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun-seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Connecticut’s law allows judges to order guns temporarily seized after police present evidence that 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 authorize the state to hold them for up to a year.

The 1999 law, the first of its kind in the country, was in response to the 1998 killings of four managers at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters by a disgruntled employee with a history of psychiatric problems.  Read the full article

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And, on a college campus:

Virginia College Shoots Down Gun Rights Club
A small college campus in Virginia is drawing fire after it denied a student’s request to form a gun rights club at the school, due to concerns that the group might seek to change the campus’s rules on concealed carry. According to Campus Reform, Patrick Winslow, a student at ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus, wanted to create a gun rights club on campus to discuss “the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, federal and state laws regarding gun control and gun laws and so forth.” That goal wasn’t enough for the school’s Campus Director of Academic Affairs William Salice, who said last week the school would not accept Winslow’s club application. Salice said the club was rejected as it “does not correlate to program enhancement or community service.” That rejection has roused the ire of gun activists in the Old Dominion, including the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun organization that promotes the right to carry guns on college campuses.

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