John Malik

The NRA supports red flag laws, as long as the laws are restricted

The powerful lobbying organization recognizes their right to bear arms could be further limited without addressing red flag issues
The NRA supports red flag laws, as long as the laws are restricted
"We need to stop dangerous people before they act," Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action said. "So Congress should provide funding to states to adopt risk protection orders," he said in a somewhat shocking support of at least a small restriction on gun ownership by those who are seen as threats to the community in which they live. The NRA's support for red flag laws comes with the condition that there be high legal thresholds for temporary gun removals — higher than most gun control activists call for. But gun control groups have assumed the NRA strictly opposes such laws, which is not true. The NRA should be using its immense lobbying power in Congress to push states to do this as well and funding to improve national databases on gun ownership. However, this is no altruistic support. It's based on a fear that if ERPO laws are not supported, real gun control reform could happen, further restricting gun ownership, particularly in households with children.
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Under Pressure, NRA Voices Support for Gun Violence Restraining Orders, USA Today, March 19, 2018, Nicole Gaudiano