Lindsey Graham is Writing A Bill To Take Guns Away from People Deemed Dangerous

Lindsey Graham is Writing A Bill To Take Guns Away from People Deemed Dangerous

Gun Rights

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham told BuzzFeed News he will start crafting legislation next week to expand police powers to pre-emptively seize firearms from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others. Graham is angling to get bipartisan support for his bill, and has been in discussions with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Neither would outline specifics Thursday beyond saying it will be an original piece of legislation. Graham said work on hammering out the contents of the bill will begin next week. Despite a string of mass shootings in recent years, Congress has not taken action on any significant new gun control measures, only authorizing funding to improve the national background checks system. Graham told BuzzFeed News Thursday his bill will provide grants to states that pass extreme risk protection orders, or ERPAs. Also known as “red flag laws,” they allow judges to authorize police to temporarily seize a person’s guns, with no advance notice, if there are grounds to believe the person may commit a violent act. “I’m seeking to incentivize states to produce extreme risk protective order legislation that has ample due process but also is meaningful in protecting the public from somebody who is dangerous,” said Graham. ERPA laws have broken through at the state level since the Parkland, Florida shooting a year ago, where the shooter exhibited a pattern of disturbing behaviour leading up to the attack but was able to keep his guns. Before Parkland only five states had […]

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