Criminal Law

16 states enact red flag laws to fight gun violence

If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person’s guns?

Colorado is the 16th state to say “yes,” while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.

Such laws are now on the books in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Maine and Pennsylvania could be next.

Gun violence is again in the spotlight with two high-profile shootings in the past week, one at a synagogue and one at a college campus. And if history is any guide, shootings often spur interest in gun laws, including red flag bills.

Read the source article at USA TODAY

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