by Axios | Updated on 2.9.19
Nine states have adopted "red flag" gun laws, which allow the temporary seizure of weapons owned by individuals deemed threatening by family members or police, since last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., reports the AP.
The big picture: Nikolas Cruz, the accused Parkland shooter, had a long history of mental illness but still had access to weapons, prompting the push. Florida passed its own "red flag" law shortly after the shooting, and the total number of states with similar statutes stands at 14 with more expected in the months to come. An AP analysis found that at least 1,700 gun seizure orders were issued nationwide in 2018 — and stated the actual number was likely much higher as their data was both incomplete and did not include California.
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Vote NO on Red Flag Gun Legislation. The very first thing Hitler did to secure his power was to disarm the entire German population. Nazis are socialists. Democrats are socialists. I see no functional difference between the two. They must be stopped at all costs.
I believe that this is important because the people who know that someone is unstable is mostly the family members. If they report this they can also stop their loved ones from causing harm to themselves or other people.
As long as it: 1) is only temporary seizure 2) the suspect gets the guns back if found not guilty 3) the accuser is credible 4) the officers doing the seizure are credible 5) the suspect is given due process
Many past mass shootings may have also been prevented. I believe it's also unconstitutional to shoot somebody just for the hell of it. But we certainly don't want to infringe on the shooter's rights.
The chicken little MAGAts are screaming that the liberals are coming for your guns. Not true and never has been. Their arguments are always based on lies. If someone is unstable and dangerous they should not be armed. And could someone please give them a history lesson on nazis and the actual definition of socialism? Hitler only took guns from those he didn’t want to have them, same as the conservatives aim to do with minorities. And the fact that you have public anything (roads, schools) is socialism in action. If you want the dangerous examples of government overreach check out how often the republican party has taken land from private citizens for oil companies and other private, for profit ventures.
Clearly unconstitutional, ripe for abuse, and ineffective on the problem it’s intended to solve.
We need a federal law
While I think that on its face this is a good idea, I think there also need to be appropriate controls in place to prevent abuse of the seizure authority. Angry ex's and the beat cop with a grudge shouldn't be able to just point a finger and have someone's legally obtained guns confiscated. There also needs to be due-process protections to prevent the law from just being declared unconstitutional.
Absolutely not, this is confiscation without due process. This is literally democrats coming for your guns. Contrary to what the lefties say, gun violence is not an escalating epidemic. Guns save exponentially more lives than are lost.
What’s wrong with having a guardrail based on family and/or friends pointing out danger points, to them and to others so that we have acted on the obvious. Every line available to be drawn must be utilized to save lives.
👎🏻🛑 “RED FLAG’’ Gun Laws” 🛑👎🏻 Fourteen states have adopted "RED FLAG" gun laws (which allow the temporary seizure of weapons owned by individuals deemed threatening by family members or police, since last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Florida passed its own "RED FLAG" law shortly after the shooting, and the total number of states with similar statutes stands at 14 with more expected in the months to come. The current list as of 2/9/29 are as follows CA, CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, MA, MD, NJ, OR, VT, & WA and the list is growing. I’m in full agreement that the so called “RED FLAG” laws are fully unconstitutional and will easily be abused. They are 😔 sadly the lynchpin to bind all the other Democratic attempts to gain gun control and circumventing the Constitutions 2d Amendment. All it is going to take is for an individual whose wanting to take retribution against someone else, to create a whole lot of unjustified and unwarranted trouble for them. I’m also of the option that we will surely be seeing the “RED FLAG” legislation being challenged in the Supreme Court and that SCOTUS will shoot these unjustified laws down. SneakyPete......... 🙀👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻🙀. 2*10*19............
Anyone threatening anyone else should NOT have a gun. This is a way to remove the weapons from an unhinged or dangerous person, except if they had been kept from getting a gun in the first place.
States’ rights, right? Or is the oppressive, tyrannical nanny state a good thing when it’s protecting the “right” of unstable, dangerous people to own weapons that can kill masses of people in minutes?
Read the second amendment and follow it. This red flag law can and will be abused. Stop attacking innocent people’s right to bear arms.
It was found that 30 school officials failed to respond to warnings given by students. The Assistant Principal told one female student that she should Google autism and be more tolerant when she voiced concern. The FBI has also said that they failed to properly handle the threat when it was elevated to them. There are Gun laws in effect. The issue is they are not being followed completely. There should be focus on the proper execution and obeyment of current gun laws and accountability to those who allow loopholes or fail to take threats seriously accountable. If there are laws on the books there is no need for further legislation, that was the same defense the senator from Washington used to kill the bill on late abortion survivor protection earlier this week. STOP the HYPOCRISY
I don't support any infringement of #2ndAmendment rights. I understand the impetus, although to say a red flag law would have prevented Parkland is absurd, and based on emotion. The sheriff's department knew of this threat, and did nothing. These laws will be abused by vengeful, irrational acquaintances to harm law abiding citizens.
The family is often the first to know
Perfect example of good intentions but bad, unconstitutional, law. There is no legal basis to deprive citizens of personal property without due process. Courts must decide - not legislators - when personal property can be seized.
Those states Re outside of Legal authority in doing so as The Supreme Court has already ruled that the Second Amendment it Law and protects All Americans! Buzzzzzz You loose Lefties!
This is a slippery slope to seizing all firearms or from individuals who someone is mad at.
This is a ploy for a gun confiscation free for all. No questions, no defense, and good luck getting that gun back after it is taken. Anyone can say whatever they want with no proof. This is nothing more than a legal way to infringe on the second amendment