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.


01/14/2020 6:57 PM


  • Becky B.
    05/07/2020 15:53

    What bull crap

  • Chris B.
    04/07/2020 13:44

    Honestly this won't stop anything. People who want to hurt someone or themselves find a way. Guns are just convenient. Too many illegal guns floating around anyways. I am for a due process system. But some of these states only require a simple request and doesn't allow for a defense of the person itself. This opens the door to several making false claims to get guns taken. Then they have to go to court to get them back. Fact is this will only disarm more law abiding Citizens then criminals. Fact is if we did our jobs in the schools, and media did their's. These problems would be far less. In reality alcohol and cigarettes kill more people second hand then guns. Where's the outrage there?

  • Roger T.
    03/06/2020 21:07

    Red flag laws, if this is how one person sees a another person and deemed him violent just by saying it is totally unlawful and unconstitutional, if this is all it takes then half of the police force would have to be disarmed, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • David R.
    03/05/2020 03:15

    The red flag law,they should take all guns from Democrats because they have to be mentally unstable to vote for these idiots 😂🤪🤣🤔

  • Jose C.
    03/01/2020 14:34

    trump rata fascista

  • Leo A.
    03/01/2020 03:31


  • Justin M.
    03/01/2020 02:35

    I mean people will kill themselves anyway, taking their gun away wont really change that. Theres a small percentage of the population of people who think about suicide that go through with it, alot of them use a gun because its the quickest, but when you take the quick option away, the vast majority would change their mind because they wanted to go quick. So i guess i understand how the suicide rates dropped, but that doesnt change the fact alot of people dont care how they do it, gun or otherwise. So this doesnt really seem to change much for people besides the beginning of a form of gun control

  • Rebecca L.
    03/01/2020 01:38

    I hate to break the news to him but those whom shoot people usually get there guns illegally so this means nothing to them just hot air

  • Anthony E.
    03/01/2020 01:18

    Should also have nationwide laws to flag someone if they buy over a certain number of guns (especially rifles like the AR-15) and over a certain amount of ammunition. Would've probably prevented the Las Vegas shooting (and depending what the laws entailed, could've gotten a search warrant for his house, which they only searched afterward and found enough explosives to level a building)

  • Mac P.
    03/01/2020 01:00

    No government has rights to take guns. Its that simple oh im not a nra member

  • Janice V.
    02/29/2020 23:53

    Red flag laws DO save lives. Also, when tested constitutionally, they passed muster every time. We lose 40,000 people every year to gun violence, two third of those to suicide. A red flag law allows for a "pause" so that a person in crisis can get help before he (I say "he" because most of the time it's a male) hurts himself or others. It is a temporary status. Once the crisis is resolved, the person can take his firearms back.

  • Jeffrey M.
    02/29/2020 23:41

    It us obviously wrong. A definite constitutional violation

  • Dave B.
    02/29/2020 21:51

    What about what happened in Maryland...where a neighbor ratted out the guy out because he was a republican.....the man was killed by the police! Bet the guy is real proud of himself. Trump Derangement Syndrome will cause more shootings

  • Clayton P.
    02/29/2020 14:38

    So the same people that want to kill babies right up until when they are born do not want people to be able to kill themselves? Whats the difference? One want to die the other was never given a choice.

  • Dennis W.
    02/29/2020 13:29

    This has to be one of the most stupid ideas that I've ever heard so what I just got out of this is there anyone that thinks you are a threat based upon their opinion can have you red flagged so let me get this straight there are haters there are people that lie there are dummycrats out there so at any time you can be red flagged and some dumbasses request unconstitutional ridiculous f****** stupid shaking my head this world is becoming a disaster

  • Jamie W.
    02/29/2020 12:51

    Infringement of the second amendment.

  • Shawn W.
    02/29/2020 11:50

    Cool. So now all I have to do is complain about a a neighbor and all guns are gone in the block.

  • Neil T.
    02/29/2020 02:16

    What part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED , do you not understand?????

  • John P.
    02/29/2020 01:30

    Nothing in the Constitution says anything about red flag laws.

  • Carlton C.
    02/29/2020 01:08


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