Harris Beach partners Jared Kasschau and Brad Wanner, members of our Municipalities and Local Agencies Industry Team, spoke in December about recent developments in gun laws following a series of mass shootings and a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.
On Dec. 5, Jared and Brad gave a presentation on New York’s “Red Flag” law to the County Attorney’s Association of the State of New York’s Winter Meeting. Red Flag laws allow designated individuals, such as district attorneys, police or schools, to petition a New York State Supreme Court to ensure that an individual who shows signs of being a threat to themselves or others will not be able to possess or purchase firearms.
This petition is known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order and requires the person to surrender any guns they already own or possess. An ERPO can also direct police to search a person, premises, or vehicle for guns and remove them.
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Two days later, Jared co-chaired “How to Navigate the New Gun Laws,” a Continuing Legal Education program for the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court on Long Island. He and his co-chair, the Hon. Elizabeth Fox-McDonough, Justice of the Nassau County Supreme Court, arranged four seminars on the subject for an audience of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals.
Jared presented to the group on the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, which went into effect in New York in August 2019. The Red Flag Law been amended/modified since its enactment, both through an Executive Order on May 18, 2022, in light of mass shootings in Buffalo, Pennsylvania, California, and Texas, and legislation enacted on June 6, 2022.
In addition, the program also covered:
- A review of New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. Inc. v. Bruen, the recent landmark Supreme Court gun case, and subsequent cases
- Orders of Protection and the Surrender of Firearms
- Criminal Procedure Law 370.15 and the Removal of Firearms
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