Texas GOP squelches 'red flag' gun law prospects

Texas GOP squelches ‘red flag’ gun law prospects

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Law-enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18. Republican leaders in gun-friendly Texas are stamping down the prospects of red flag laws that would let enforcement seize some firearms from people who are deemed dangerous to themselves or others. STEVE GONZALES/HOUSTON CHRONICLE VIA AP, FILE AUSTIN, Texas — Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that left eight students and two teachers dead. Among the steps that Texas apparently won’t be taking anytime soon is tightening restrictions on gun access for people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. In the aftermath of the May 18 attack at Santa Fe High School, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suggested that Texas should look for ways to keep guns away from people who pose "an immediate danger to others," which is the point of so-called red flag laws like those passed by six states since the February massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But faced with criticism from gun enthusiasts in the country’s largest conservative state, Abbott — who gets top ratings from the National Rifle Association — later clarified that he was only suggesting such laws be part of a broader conversation about school security and that he thinks there’s growing opposition to the idea of gun restrictions. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who […]

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