Gov. Greg Abbott’s gun safety plan includes ‘red flag law’ backed by El Paso Democrat

Gov. Greg Abbott's gun safety plan includes 'red flag law' backed by El Paso Democrat

Americans have a roughly 1-in-315 lifetime chance of death from gun violence, according to the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s about 50 percent more likely than the lifetime risk of dying while riding inside a car, truck or van. Wochit Buy Photo AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott called on Texas lawmakers to act on a series of policy changes to improve school safety in light of recent mass shootings, including a proposal championed by El Paso state Rep. Joe Moody. Abbott released a 40-page report on Wednesday that included recommendations for enhanced security measures in schools, as well as measures to promote gun safety statewide. More: Gov. Greg Abbott’s school safety measures include more campus marshals, police presence Included in his report was a pitch for a "red flag law" that would let people petition to remove firearms from a family member who poses a threat to themselves or others. This same concept was proposed by Moody during last year’s legislative session. "Like any bill that touched on firearms or the Second Amendment, it didn’t gain a lot of traction," Moody said. "I’m grateful the working group has done their job and the governor has identified this avenue as one we need to explore further." Abbott is asking lawmakers to consider passing legislation that would establish a protective order to let a court temporarily "separate a potentially dangerous person from firearms." "A proper approach must focus on quickly identifying those who pose a […]

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