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Tue Aug 6, 2019, 11:26 AM

Lawmakers Push For 'Red Flag' Laws To Take Guns Away From People In Crisis [View all]

In his response Monday to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun.

A flurry of states have recently passed such laws known as extreme risk protection orders that allow a court to intervene when someone shows warning signs of impending violence. Although the laws also sometimes called "red flag" laws are widely supported by gun control groups and mental health advocates, others note that the measures alone won't solve the nation's gun violence epidemic.

Trump said the shooter in the Parkland, Fla., massacre last year "had many red flags against him, and yet nobody took decisive action; nobody did anything. ... We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process."

About half of those who commit mass shootings show warning signs that they were a threat to themselves or others, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for stricter measures to reduce gun violence.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/08/06/748607679/lawmakers-push-for-red-flag-laws-to-take-guns-away-from-people-in-crisis

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