Are you living in a “red flag” state?
Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with other Republican lawmakers have been talking about new “red flag” laws to take guns away from “unstable” individuals.
While this may or may not have been all over cable news networks, a 61-year-old man was shot dead by police while trying to serve him a “red flag” order.
Before we get into the details of the shooting and why it matters to you, let’s go over what the “red flag” gun laws are and why they exist.
The “red flag” gun laws were put in place in hopes of preventing more mass shootings. Some states have even gone as far as empowering the courts to take guns away from “potentially” dangerous people.
Think about that.
The courts have been given the authority to decide WHO is a danger to society and take guns away based on that premise.
According to reports, the courts are authorized to issue a special type of protection order, empowering police to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who are “deemed” by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Usually, the request for the order comes from concerned relatives or friends. They’ll tell the courts the individual owns one or more guns.
They’ll claim the gun owner has expressed suicidal thoughts or has discussed shooting people. Of course, the “red flag” gun confiscation order can also come directly from law enforcement officials.
Under the order, the individual is not allowed to purchase any weapons and the length of confiscation can be extended by the courts.
So, Which States Currently Have “Red Flag” Gun Laws?
There are at least 17 states who currently have approved some version of a “red flag” law. The orders have different names in different states including:
“Extreme Risk Protection Orders” (ERPO)
“Risk Protection Orders”
“Gun Violence Restraining Orders”
“Proceedings for the Seizure and Retention of a Firearm”
and “risk warrants.”
During our research, there were many conflicting reports on which states have orders and which are currently working on enacting some version of a “red flag” law.
Some of the states that consistently kept coming up for having some type of “red flag” law were Florida, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana and California. We advise you to check if your state has any “red flag” laws.
Back to the story of the 61-year-old man…
Reports say that local law enforcement arrived at the man’s house at 5 AM. The man was apparently holding a gun in his hand and was shot dead on the spot!
According to reports, the man didn’t break any laws. His niece said her uncle may have liked to speak his mind but was harmless.
SUSPECT ID’D| 60-year-old shot and killed by police after officers say he fired gun. Gary Willis pronounced dead on scene. https://t.co/hfVyWlRgQA
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) November 5, 2018
The Capital Gazette reported:
The Anne Arundel County police chief defended Maryland’s new “red flag” protective law Monday, just hours after a 61-year-old man was shot and killed while officers were trying to serve a court order requiring him to surrender his guns.
Chief Timothy Altomare said the fatal shooting in Ferndale was a sign that the law, which went into effect Oct. 1, is needed. There have been 19 protective orders sought in the county since then, tying Harford County for the most in Maryland, according to a report on the first month. Statewide, about half of the 114 orders sought have been granted.
“If you look at this morning’s outcome, it’s tough for us to say ‘Well, what did we prevent?’ ” he said. “Because we don’t know what we prevented or could’ve prevented. What would’ve happened if we didn’t go there at 5 a.m.?”
Could the death of Gary J. Willis have been prevented?
What do you think of the “red flag” laws and could this potentially be used by courts to confiscate weapons from innocent citizens they “deem” to be a threat?
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
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