Maryland passed an extreme risk gun law in 2018 that allows law enforcement, family members, cohabitants, intimate partners and medical professionals of those deemed to be a risk to themselves or others to petition for a court order temporarily taking away or banning them from purchasing firearms.
Maryland’s version of the “red flag law,” a term discouraged by mental health advocates due to its stigma, has been used far more than similar laws in most states that have implemented them in recent years.
State Del. Harry Bhandari, who got involved with the incidents after discovering a connection to one of the victims, said he’s not sure whether strengthening or better advertising the state’s red flag law would be the proper step. But the Democrat, who represents Maryland’s 8th District in Baltimore County, said he’s hoping to study legislative changes to stop similar tragedies.
County police said Sunday they are still investigating how Brown obtained the handgun he fired at his neighbors.
“[Saturday] night, I could not sleep for a while,” Bhandari said. “I was thinking: How we could prevent that incident happening?”
( Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis contributed to this report.)©2021 Baltimore Sun. Visit baltimoresun.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.