New Red Flag law used in local gun-related cases

Maryland

Maryland’s new ‘Red-Flag Law’ went into effect in October, after being signed during the last legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly.

The new law allows a judge to temporarily take guns away from someone if they are found to be a risk to themselves or another person.

Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill for extreme-risk protective orders.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said that locally, there have already been at least three cases when the law has been used since the law went into effect.

“The sheriff’s office has had two against juveniles [make threats] against people at their schools…Most of what we have had so far, was something that was put on Facebook, or in one case it was Dropbox,” Mullendore said.

Those instances stem from cases where threats were made against Williamsport High School, and another against Broadfording Christian Academy.

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