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Roberto Schmidt / AFP via Getty ImagesVirginia state Sen. Amanda Chase speaks to a crowd of pro-gun demonstrators gathered in front of the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2020. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP via Getty Images)
The so-called “red flag” law that helped draw 22,000 protesters to Virginia’s capital on Monday was approved Wednesday in the state Senate.
The bill, which passed in a 21-19 vote, allows firearms to be confiscated from legal gun owners if those individuals have been deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.
Law enforcement officers or attorneys who work for the state can apply to the court for an “emergency substantial risk order” prohibiting the subject of the order from possessing a firearm.
The proposal will now be considered by Virginia’s House of Delegates, which has a 55-45 Democratic majority.
Virginia senators just passed the Red Flag law allowing law enforcement to enter your home & take all weapons from that home if you are deemed a danger to yourself or community. I guess that means anyone standing against Tyranny is also a threat to them…get what they are doing? pic.twitter.com/wbebIULrIb
— TI GoldStarParent..Mickyd (@mikedav28932902) January 22, 2020
With passing of the “Red Flag Law”, Virginia can now take your guns on the word of any disgruntled person that you’re a danger ! You don’t have a right to have an attorney fight this confiscation until after the removal ! This is totally infringing on the our 2nd amendment rights https://t.co/r3H8rqcTUr
— Richard Daniel Griswold (@Richard12667258) January 23, 2020
If Virginia passes a red flag law, it would become the 18th state to do so. Thirteen states passed red flag laws just since 2018.
Another landmark steps to defeat pro-gun conservatives. https://t.co/KeIXM4jZr5
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