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Red Flag Proposal Gains Bipartisan Steam on Capitol Hill

A red flag proposal is gaining bipartisan steam on Capitol Hill just days after over 30 people lost their lives during mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Bipartisan efforts to enact red flag gun laws are gaining steam on Capitol Hill just days after mass shootings took place in Texas and Ohio taking the lives of at least 31 people.

Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Richard Blumenthal have introduced a bipartisan effort to enact a red flag proposal which would entice states to bar individuals from having firearms who are believed to be a danger to themselves and society.

If passed, the legislation would provide a federal grant program in an effort to get additional states to adopt the red flag laws.

Red flag laws restrict certain individuals from having guns who are believed to pose a serious risk to themselves or others.

The restriction is a temporary order and usually only specific people can ask the court for an extreme risk protection order, which is usually only three weeks at the longest.

The person targeted by the order does have an opportunity to respond, and depending on the circumstances, the court is able to issue a more permanent restriction.

Senator Graham has made it clear there should be factual evidence the individual poses a risk before an order is issued.

It remains unclear how much the federal government would award states for enacting the laws since the proposal is still in progress.

President Trump indicated his support for the measure during an address on Monday saying, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.”

At least 17 states have already enacted red flag laws, a majority of which were pushed following the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last year.  

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