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The Dangers of 'Red Flag' Laws

April 3, 2018

 

 

 

Six states in our country give law enforcement the ability to seize guns from people who may become violent: Connecticut, California, Indiana, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

 

Connecticut, the first of these states to implement a ‘red flag’ law (1999), suffered one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the law went into effect.

 

Rhode Island and Oregon both enacted their laws in response to the 2018 Parkland shooting, but these laws will do little to stop or deter shooters.

 

The first issue with this type of law is it infringes on individual liberty. While there are people who may not be mentally healthy enough to possess a firearm at some point in their life, it is still their right to own such a weapon as long as it is not used to harm others.

 

We can all probably agree stopping violent crimes before they are attempted is the best option, but it should not be done at the expense of personal liberties and without due process.

 

Especially without due process.

 

Every citizen has the right to defend themselves in a court of law before their liberties are taken away from them. Red flag laws ignore this right completely.

 

Another concern is that these types of laws give too much power to family members and law enforcement.

 

Though it is unlikely to happen, petitions could be filed with false evidence that results in a responsible gun owner losing their firearms. That is unacceptable.

 

The mere existence of these laws is a slap in the face of Americans who believe in their Second Amendment rights!

 

Though it is unlikely to happen, petitions could be filed with false evidence that results in a responsible gun owner losing their firearms. That is unacceptable.

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