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Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws


Added 08-20-19 05:07:01am EST - “People are hotly divided about many gun restrictions ?" but not on extreme risk protection orders. They allow police to temporarily take guns from people seen to be a risk to themselves or others.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new survey finds that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to request temporary removal of guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images hide caption

A new survey finds that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to request temporary removal of guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others.

Strong majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new APM Research Lab/Guns & America/Call To Mind survey.

These laws, often called extreme risk protection order laws, or red flag laws, have received renewed attention after 31 people were killed during mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Variations of these red flag laws are in place in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Since the mass shootings, President Trump and some congressional Republicans have signaled support for federal red flag legislation, though next steps in Congress are unclear at this point.

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