What States Have Red Flag Laws?
Last updated: 05/07/2019
The rise of “red flag” laws across the country has become a point of concern among America’s veterans. As we have covered previously, a red flag law is a gun-violence protection law that allows law enforcement and families to petition courts to remove firearms from a person who may present a danger to themselves or others. Rather than requiring probable cause that someone has committed a crime, red flag laws are based on the supposition that a crime could occur based on the subject in question.
For example, a veteran suffering from PTSD could have their legally owned firearms confiscated under a state red flag law under the supposition that their mental health condition makes them unfit to own a gun.
So far, 15 states have implemented some form of red flag legislation.
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- Colorado (April 2019)
In addition to those 14 states, the following states have had red flag legislation introduced in their state legislatures.
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
While common sense gun control measures can be agreed upon by people on all sides, we must be very careful when it comes to rescinding 2nd Amendment rights without due process of the law. No doubt, red flag laws will continue to be a major topic of debate in the United States in the years to come.