America's First Freedom - February 2021 - 35

What the Media
Won't Tell You About

RED-FLAG
W
LAWS
By Clayton Cramer

e do not need
new " red-flag "
laws aimed at
guns; we need to return
to the old red-flag laws
that protected us from dangerous people. Red-flag laws are
also called " emergency substantial risk orders. " A judge issues
them if he or she finds " a person poses a substantial risk of
personal injury to himself or others in the near future by such
person's possession or acquisition of a firearm..., " quoting the
current Virginia red-flag law (ยง 19.2-152.14).
The theory behind red-flag laws
is that some people are obviously
dangerous to others, and therefore
these dangerous people need to
be disarmed to attempt to prevent
them from criminally misusing a
gun. After the police show up at the
" dangerous " person's door (who has
no knowledge that this proceeding
has been initiated), they must give
up their guns. Later, the courts
would decide if a substantial-risk
order is justified, according to

Photo: Peter Fountain

evidence presented in court.
Red-flag laws have been a political
response to the actions of murderers,
such as the killings committed in
Isla Vista, Calif., on May 23, 2014.
According to news reports, this
murderer killed six people. He killed
three people with a gun. He also
stabbed three people to death and
injured others when he ran them
down with his car. Had the authorites
been able to ascertain that this
individual was a dangerous person in

advance, today's red-flag laws would
have left him without a gun, but
fully able to access the other weapons he used.
Red-flag laws are often being used
today by politicians opposed, in
every way, to the individual's right to
keep and bear arms. These politicians see these laws as an opportunity to reduce gun ownership and to
take away the right of due process
from American citizens.
Red-flag laws are hardly new.

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