BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker is "conceptually in favor" of the extreme risk protection order bill that passed the Senate last week and could soon be making its way to his desk.

The Republican governor, asked during a WBUR interview on Friday if he'd sign the bill (H 4539), didn't directly answer but indicated support for the idea behind the so-called "red flag" legislation that would allow family or household members to petition the courts for the temporary removal of guns from someone deemed dangerous.

"I have said since this debate began that we are conceptually in favor of this concept and this notion and this sort of a law, and I think it actually builds on in many ways some of the the more important and successful elements of the gun laws we have in Massachusetts already," Baker said.

"The bill the Senate passed Thursday and the version House passed in May are largely similar, with supporters pointing to different approaches to regulating stun guns as the main divergence between the two branches. Rep. Marjorie Decker, the bill's lead House sponsor, said last week she expected the differences to be "easily worked out."

Baker suggested that bills could be reconciled quickly and without the formal appointment of a conference committee.

"There are some differences between the two bills. I fully expect they'll work those out," he said.

"The House and the Senate have talked about trying to get that done without naming a conference committee, which is usually code for we're going to try to move this in a relatively quick period of time, and as I said at the beginning, we've already said conceptually that we support this type of thing."

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