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What are red flag gun laws?

12 states approved red flag gun laws after the 2018 Parkland shooting. Here's how they work.

Restricting access to firearms for at-risk individuals

Colorado used its new red-flag gun law for the first time just one day after it took effect on January 1, 2020. Denver police could confiscate guns from a man who allegedly beat his wife and made suicidal statements. But how do red-flag gun laws work? Some state laws authorize the police to temporarily take guns away from those deemed “dangerous” by a judge. Authorities, relatives, friends can request an order for someone who owns a gun and has expressed suicidal thoughts discussed shooting people.

Going beyond the general interest of checking off liberal agenda items

In February 2019, New York enacted a red-flag gun law empowering schoolteacher to ask a judge to evaluate troubled students. Research found that the laws can have an effect on suicides. In Connecticut, for every 10 to 20 guns removed under the law, one suicide was prevented according to Duke Law. The Democratic governor, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at his side, said the measure will give school officials, in particular, the ability to ensure troubled students do not have access to guns — a way, he said, to hopefully limit school shooting.

These laws signal a significant victory for proponents of tighter gun control legislation

The orders also bar the person they cover from purchasing guns. At least 17 states have approved some version of a red flag law. Florida, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Colorado. There were only 5 states before the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. School administrators, family members and district attorneys can petition the courts when they believe someone with access to a firearm may be an imminent and credible threat to themselves or others.

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01/14/2020 6:57 PM
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  • Billy T.
    11 hours

    This is a campaign add against Trump,he later came out and said, although we need to guns out if the hands of criminals,i no longer believe red flag laws are the best way to do it. So don't be fooled,Trump did not install any federal gun laws

  • Jafet W.
    16 hours

    Uh.... no. These will only make things worse and set a bad precedent of getting easily abused. Not only that, but they are used when a crime didn’t even happen in the first place. Might I also add that when they get abused and the person is wrongfully accused there’s not only no due process whatsoever, but also the court cost for people who appeal it is also an abuse.The problem with these Red Flag laws is that there is no "due process" for the accused. In addition to violating an individual's 2nd Amendment right, they also violate the 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments. So far, some Red Flag cases have been used by family members and other individuals as a means of vindication against another individual because that individual had a firearm(s) and did not like them for whatever reason. One older man who was a WWII veteran was in a diner and was speaking to some individuals about a scenario and a waitress over heard a small part of the conversation and she was trigger by something that was said that she did not like, so she called the police and reported the man. The police came to his house and confiscated the few firearms he had and carted him to jail. The man, like some others who were falsely accused, are now in battles to have their names cleared and their firearms returned to them. This is how these laws are being used and not how they were intended. Cars ,alcohol,cigarettes, and heroin all by themselves have killed more people in a year than guns. Take the ones you know about theres a bunch you know nothing of. Thats how real this is be safer to own a gun than not have one when you needed protected. Criminals are able to obtaine weapons(not only guns) by many diferent ways like the black market and many of them have access to industrial grade tool and make their own weapons and ammunicions called "ghost guns" because they have no Serial number or manufacturing stamp and nothing to track them with. So if this is apealed we are basically cutting our own way of deffending our families and properties.If we got serious about guns, it would be harder for criminals to get them too. Why can’t we track who gun manufacturers sell the guns to? Then go back and trace how they ended up in criminal hands. Why is the most lethal weapon we have so indiscriminately distributed. A little governance could go a long way, and yes, law abiding citizens can buy them but with licenses and documentation. No reckless distribution by gun makers and sellers. You gotta register a car with a vin #, instance, a drivers test, a license, why, because in the hands of the wrong people, they are dangerous.The Possession and legal ownership of firearms is a right that our founding fathers stated in The 2nd amendment, Right To Bare Arms, not only as a recriacional activities but more so for ones safety and property safety aswell. Even tho i am with the idea of restriccions of CIERTAIN PARTYS NOT BEING ABLE TO OWN A FIREARM, it is prohibeded to go against any law our founder set upon us even tho it was diferent times back then, And if we really want to get tecnical, we should also be putting restriccions on normal day tools such as, hammers, axes, saws, drills, pocket knives, kitchen knives, swords, dangerous chemicals like acids and bleach since all of them can also be used as weapons of mas destruction and also prohibet the use of personal transportacion as any personal vehical can be used to harm youreself and or others.

  • Jafet W.
    16 hours

    The Possession and legal ownership of firearms is a right that our founding fathers stated in The 2nd amendment, Right To Bare Arms, not only as a recriacional activities but more so for ones safety and property safety aswell. Even tho i am with the idea of restriccions of CIERTAIN PARTYS NOT BEING ABLE TO OWN A FIREARM, it is prohibeded to go against any law our founder set upon us even tho it was diferent times back then, And if we really want to get tecnical, we should also be putting restriccions on normal day tools such as, hammers, axes, saws, drills, pocket knives, kitchen knives, swords, dangerous chemicals like acids and bleach since all of them can also be used as weapons of mas destruction and also prohibet the use of personal transportacion as any personal vehical can be used to harm youreself and or others.

  • Hugo S.
    20 hours

    No power to the people but more power to them🤦‍♂️

  • Drago H.
    21 hours

    Police shouldn't have them mfs either

  • James N.
    a day

    The problem is they never stop it's a neverending battle for the crazy Democrats!! Good luck I see alot of bloodshed coming when they try to take law abiding citizens guns smmfh!

  • Jarred J.
    a day

    This is gonna get people killed

  • Tony S.
    a day

    Lies like hell each day 👎👎👎🤮🤮🤮🤮

  • Nathan O.
    a day

    Just another way for are government to disarm the people and slowly take are Wright's away

  • Anthony P.
    a day

    if they would just make strict penaltys for gun related crimes and quit trying to take guns from law abiding citizens or to make it harder for us to get firearms to protect ourselves

  • Otong N.
    a day

    Trump is a good president

  • Tooltime T.
    a day

    Let the games begin LMAO!!!!!

  • Jim L.
    a day

    Where does it stop?..."Hey think the US army has an extremely violent past and are a threat to public safety... disarm them please "..

  • Julio A.
    a day

    Can citizens remevo arm gun to violence police officers 👮‍♀️

  • Larry R.
    2 days

    Mr trump do you and all these fools understand the constusion of the usa

  • Dakota D.
    2 days

    They dont the parkland shooter was reported to the police, courts, and fbi so clearly the government couldnt screen rocks from water

  • Dan P.
    2 days

    Yeah, because there's NO POSSIBLE WAY for this to be abused 😒.... Next they'll say "Conservative" views are 'extremists' and deem a threat, or "Anti-government intrusion" views deem a threat... "That guy has a Gadsden Flag, he must be anti-government libertarian, take his guns as he's a threat"... You claim it can never happen, but what about "he's got a confederate flag- he's racist and a threat to African Americans"... All it takes is one psychopath before you jump on that wagon....

  • Daniel G.
    2 days

    I think red flag laws will work, but face many flaws along the way.

  • Guillermo D.
    2 days

    Donald Gump 2020 he don't know no betta

  • Ryan R.
    2 days

    Mr. Trump I'm ashamed