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Republicans and Democrats Agree: We Need Red Flag Laws

Tomorrow, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing on Red Flag laws, which allow families and law enforcement to ask a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to guns when there is evidence they post a serious threat to themselves or others.

Not only do Red Flag laws work, but they’re also incredibly bipartisan:

  • Since the Parkland mass shooting, in which the shooter displayed a number of warning signs, and in which there was no legal mechanism for his family or law enforcement to intervene, nine states have passed Red Flag laws, and five were signed by Republican governors. Today, 14 states and Washington D.C. have passed Red Flag laws.
  • Bipartisan members of the U.S. House and Senate have introduced multiple pieces of Red Flag legislation during the 115th and 116th Congress, including members in leadership positions from both political parties.
  • Shortly after the Parkland mass shooting, President Donald Trump expressed support for Red Flag laws.
  • Last year, the Federal Commission on School Safety, formed by the Administration after Parkland, endorsed Red Flag laws.
  • During his confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, now-U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that Red Flag laws were “the single most important thing we can do in the gun control area to stop these mass shootings from happening in the first place.”
  • An Everytown poll found 89 percent of Americans support Congress passing Red Flag legislation, including more than 80 percent of Republicans and gun-owning households.

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