Lawmakers Push For 'Red Flag' Laws To Take Guns Away From People In Crisis
Added 08-06-19 10:06:07am EST - “President Trump wants to expand laws that allow courts to intervene when someone shows signs of pending violence, and lawmakers are getting behind the idea. But are these laws effective?” - Npr.org
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In his response Monday to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun.
A flurry of states have recently passed such laws — known as extreme risk protection orders — which allow a court to intervene when someone shows warning signs of impending violence. Although the laws — also sometimes called "red flag" laws — are widely supported by gun control groups and mental health advocates, others note that the measures alone won't solve the nation's gun violence epidemic.
Trump said the shooter in the Parkland, Fla., massacre last year "had many red flags against him, and yet nobody took decisive action; nobody did anything. ... We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process."
About half of those who commit mass shootings show warning signs that they were a threat to themselves or others, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for stricter measures to reduce gun violence.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill to provide federal funding to states to put such laws into practice. A similar bill has been introduced in the House by Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif. After Trump's Monday speech, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have agreed to get the bills passed.
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