Philly council mulls proposed measure to protect against potential gun violence

Pat Loeb
May 24, 2018 - 6:33 pm
Curtis Jones

Pat Loeb-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia city councilman has introduced a bill that would allow police to confiscate guns from anyone deemed to pose a threat of violence. 

Councilman Curtis Jones proposed a "Gun Violence Protection" procedure, through which family or household members, school officials, or law enforcement could get a court order to confiscate guns if their owner has harmed, or has threatened or tried to harm, themselves or someone else -- or for any of a dozen other reasons, including animal cruelty, drug abuse, and domestic violence. 

Jones called that "predictive behavior." 

"When a young man or woman says, 'I'm going to take it out on the whole school,' we should believe them, and we should make sure that a responsible individual, such as a teacher, has an opportunity to go and petition the court."

The ordinance would require a hearing within five days to see if the person could get their guns back.

"This might just be one arrow in the quiver to fight violence."

The bill is sure to run into opposition from gun advocacy groups.