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What is Red Flag Laws

Impact of Gun Violence in School Systems
Laws that permit family members and others to request that a judge order police to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who are believed to be a danger to themselves or others.
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School Violence: A Focus on Mental Health
Ramona Sue McNeal (University of Northern Iowa, USA), Susan M. Kunkle (Kent State University, USA), Lisa Dotterweich Bryan (Western Iowa Tech Community College, USA), and Mary Schmeida (Kent State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2024 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-1706-8.ch005
Florida responded to the Parkland shooting with the Public Safety Act, which included measures restricting the sale of firearms to individuals with mental illness. As suggested by this act, mental illness has become a focal point in the debate on how to address school shootings and has increased the call for “red flag” legislation. These laws target those persons believed to be in psychological crisis, having potential to harm self or others and permits law enforcement to remove the person's access to the firearm. Not all states officials support red flag initiatives; some argue that having one's firearms removed without the chance for an initial court hearing is in violation of one's due process. Which states are more likely to adopt stringent gun laws related to mental illness? In examining this topic, this chapter explores state-level legislative action concerning the passage of red flag laws, 2018 through 2022.
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A law allowing courts to prevent people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or to others from having access to firearms (as by courts ordering the seizure of weapons; Merriam-Webster, n.d.).
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Variation in State-Level Response to School Shootings
Also referred to as extreme risk protection order is a judge order to suspend a license to possess or carry a firearm for persons believed to be a threat to self or others; permits law enforcement to remove access to a person’s firearms.
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