'Red flag' law aims to remove guns from potentially dangerous people
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WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Lawmakers prepare to consider the  'red flag' law in the Lone Star state

The proposal would allow guns to be taken away from people if a judge declares them a danger. This is part of the Governor Greg Abbott’s 43-page school and gun safety plan.

Since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, the Texas Tribune reports the number of states with ‘red flag laws’ on the books has jumped from five to 11.

It has received bipartisan support in several of those states and recently grabbed the attention of Texas lawmakers again following the Santa Fe Texas shooting last month.

In the plan, the proposal says it would allow law enforcement, a family member, school employees or a district attorney to get a court order that would remove firearms from someone a judge declares potentially dangerous. This would only be a temporary restriction depending on what the court decides.

While the law aims to protect Texans rights some do not feel that way.

“It violates second amendment rights for sure,” said Chris Reitsma, owner of Point Blank LTC. “We don't confiscate people's guns on something they might do, we don't punish people for something they might do.”

While others point out it could help those dealing with mental health issues.

“Depression is a thing, you know firearm suicide is something nobody likes to take into consideration when they look into statistics,” said Edward Blair.

Monday the house is scheduled to have a hearing to discuss whether Texas needs a 'red flag' law and if they feel it does, how it will be put into place.

There have been similar bills but they have previously gone nowhere in the Texas legislature.

However, many say this one is different because the idea is coming from the governor's own plan.



Comments:
Until the government gives the green-light to go after gangs and the drug cartels these folks will always have a way to obtain guns.
Posted by Big Al at 6/25/2018 10:09:39 PM

So are they also going to take away their cars?
Knives? Lighters?
Posted by jf at 6/27/2018 2:43:40 PM

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