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The Pros & Cons of Red Flag Laws
Aug 8, 2019 at 01:46 AM

The Quick Facts

  • In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, many politicians from both parties, including President Trump, have verbalized support for Red Flag laws.
  • On Monday, Senators Lindsey Graham (R - SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D - Conn) co-authored a bill that creates a federal grant program to assist states that adopt Red Flag laws.
  • Red Flag laws, often referred to as Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), allow law enforcement to take guns from people who are proven to be a public threat. These laws currently exist in 17 states (and the District of Columbia), but they do have some critics.

Food For Thought

Are Red Flag laws a good idea? Are they setting a new precedent, or following existing precedents?

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