Seattle police seize gun using method Gov. Inslee touted at White House
Seattle police seized a man’s handgun using the system that Gov. Jay Inslee encouraged President Donald Trump to use as a model for the rest of the nation.
The police department became the first in Washington state to serve an Extreme Risk Protection Order on a man whose “escalating behavior” resulted in multiple calls, according to SPD. In one recent incident, restaurant staff called police because the man was allegedly harassing them while carrying a holstered gun.
“Due to his numerous contact with police … SPD’s Crisis Response Square filed for an Extreme Risk Protection order, requiring the man to turn over all firearms,” the department wrote in a statement.
Failing to turn the gun himself, police obtained a warrant, took the man into custody and seized a .25 caliber handgun from his apartment. Police continue to work on seizing “several other firearms” the man owns, which are in possession of a family member.
What is the order police used?
The Extreme Risk Protection Order allows family members or officers to ask a judge for permission to confiscate firearms from someone they believe poses a danger to themselves or others.
During a meeting with governors from across the country, Inslee told President Trump the order would be a better step to preventing gun violence in schools than arming teachers. The idea resurfaced after the Feb. 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
When a firearm is seized through the protection order, the owner can only recover it if order is terminated or expires, and if that owner passes a background check.
Meanwhile, pro-gun advocates continue the push to arm teachers or school staff. A recent poll found 59 percent of Americans oppose the idea. However, 68 percent of Republicans support the idea — more than 80 percent of Democrats oppose the idea.