Kentucky lawmakers consider ‘Red Flag Law’


(CNN) – In the wake of mass shootings across the nation, Kentucky lawmakers from both sides are coming together in a move that could force gun owners to hand over their weapons.

Kentucky is no stranger to deadly shootings, and this proposal targets people who could be dangerous to themselves or others.

A Democrat and two Republican state senators are working on a so-called ‘Red Flag Law.’

The law would allow police to temporarily confiscate guns from people if a judge decides they are a danger to the community.

The request can come from police or family members of a person who may be suicidal or open about harming people.

The measure doesn’t come without push-back.

The NRA said on Twitter that there needs to be evidence the person is harmful. Otherwise, the NRA claims it takes away their right to a gun.

The NRA said it could support such a law with specific elements like mandatory treatment.

The bill is expected to be presented in November.

Indiana is one of 17 states with a similar law.

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(This story was originally published on August 9, 2019)

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