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Gun-reciprocity agreement bad for Kansas: Support Red Flag instead

March 13, 2018

The Mercury,

Larry Weigel,

March 12, 2018-

Only five states have a Red Flag law to take away guns when one is having a mental breakdown. The states are California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington. A Red Flag extreme risk protection law allows family members to get a court order to remove guns and restrict purchase of firearms from an individual deemed to be a risk to themselves and others. A bipartisan Red Flag bill authored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D—Connecticut), and Lindsey Graham (R—South Carolina), will soon be introduced in the U.S. Senate.

The Red Flag movement is growing nationwide after the recent school shooting in Florida. Vermont has already passed a Red Flag law approved by both the Senate and House. The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence recently reported that 42 percent of mass shootings exhibited warning signs before committing the criminal act. But here in Kansas, the Senate is debating whether to bring the HB-2042 reciprocity bill to the floor for further discussion. This pending bill is backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the NRA.

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