Red Flag Laws Seek To Balance Safety With Due Process

After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, several states and the District of Columbia passed some version of a so-called red flag law aimed at preventing someone in crisis from accessing guns.

By Alana WiseMarch 19, 2019 1:43 pm, ,

From Guns and America:

When an attempt to carry out a gun removal in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County left a man dead last November, opponents of the state’s red flag law were incensed.

“Whatever you may think of red flag laws, they should not be death sentences. And they were in the case of Gary Willis,” said Mark Pennak, an attorney and president of the gun rights organization Maryland Shall Issue.

Maryland is one of more than a dozen states that have passed laws supporting extreme risk protection orders, or ERPOs – also known as red flag laws, which allow the courts to order the temporary confiscation of firearms from the homes of people suspected to be planning to harm themselves or others.

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