University of Maine School of Law Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dmitry Bam joined Maine Public to discuss proposed Red Flag Laws in Maine.
Red Flag laws allow police or family members to petition a court to order the temporary removal of guns from any person who may present a danger to themselves or others. A public hearing about a proposed Red Flag law for Maine was held in April and a work session on the bill took place in early May.
"There are certainly various constitutional provisions that could be implicated," Bam said. "Obviously there's the right to own weapons--the Second Amendment right-- and its state analog. The Maine Constitution has a very absolute provision about weapons ownership. And certainly there are due process concerns. With all of these rights, there's a balancing test to look at what the societal interests are at stake and what the potential consequences are."