WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -
Lawmakers prepare to consider the 'red flag' law in the Lone Star state
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.
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.
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.
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.
is a thing, you know firearm suicide is something nobody likes to take
into consideration when they look into statistics,” said Edward Blair.
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
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.