Graham Proposes "Red Flag" Gun Laws

President Trump in agreement

Evan Smith
August 05, 2019 - 3:52 pm

In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which left more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured, Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will introduce new legislation to prevent certain people from owning guns.

The bill would create “red flag” laws that make sure people who have a history of violent behavior or mental illness deemed dangerous to the public would not have access to firearms, or could have their firearms taken away by law enforcement.

In a statement, Graham said that the legislation, which he has been working on with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, would offer federal grant money to local law enforcement so that they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to deem which cases need to be acted upon.

The legislation has received early support from President Trump, who echoed Graham’s statements when speaking with reporters on Monday.

“Going forth we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” President Trump said.

Graham announced the legislation pre-emptively before giving a full address to reporters at the Greenville County Republican Party’s “Washington Night” event.

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