Democrats Propose Red Flag Laws, Other Restrictions on Gun Possessions

Democrats Propose Red Flag Laws, Other Restrictions on Gun Possessions

In the wake of the mass murders at El Paso and Odessa in 2019, conversation on gun control took center stage among politicians and some Republicans signaled a willingness to work toward a compromise aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous or mentally unstable people. While Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick doubled-down in a series of radio interviews encouraging “discussion” on expanded background checks, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02) called for a conversation about extreme risk protective orders (ERPOs), known colloquially as “red flag” laws. But those calls for compromise came in the fall after the last legislative session and lawmakers did not convene again until the current session began in January, well after plenty of time and other major political events transpired. With the recent inauguration of President Biden, many GOP officials have dug into their rhetorical trenches to position themselves against Second Amendment infringements under the new administration. Many Republican lawmakers have filed pro-gun legislation and Gov. Greg Abbott, who only three years ago released a report that encouraged state legislators to consider enacting a red flag law, has called for Texas to be a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” On the left, though, Democrats have not forgotten about their promises to pursue increased gun control, including the enactment of red flag laws. Under these laws, courts can grant orders to seize weapons from gun owners based on “red flag” warning signs that they may be a harm to themselves or others. Eighteen other states have enacted some […]

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