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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.