red flag

In the United States, a red flag law is a gun control law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge makes the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question. Refusal to comply with the order is punishable as a criminal offense. After a set time, the guns are returned to the person from whom they were seized unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.Such orders are known by various names, including "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" (ERPO) (in Oregon, Washington, Maryland, and Vermont); "Risk Protection Orders" (in Florida); "Gun Violence Restraining Orders" (in California); "risk warrants" (in Connecticut); and "Proceedings for the Seizure and Retention of a Firearm" (in Indiana). As of August 2019, 17 states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of red-flag law. The specifics of the laws, and the degree to which they are enforced, vary from state to state.

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  1. No_Regerts

    Washington  New LE Legislation and Red Flag Seizures

    I’m wondering whether LE in WA can still be involved in non-criminal red flag seizures now that the new laws say the police can’t be used for civil matters? Wouldn't a non-criminal red flag seizure be a civil matter? Might have to talk to the Sheriff about this.
  2. The Heretic

    Targeted at Age 14: The Human Toll of Red Flag Laws
  3. DB is Here

    Other State  Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Red Flag Laws
  4. GWS

    National  Red Flag For Schumer!!

    From Truth About Guns GOA filing Red Flag on Schumer for his threats against Gorsuch & Kavanaugh Gun Owners of America Applies for a Red Flag Order for Senator Charles Schumer - The Truth About Guns Good fun!
  5. DB is Here

    Other State  Red flag petition filed against one of the law's biggest opponents How in the heck did this case even make it to the Judge?...Idiocy.
  6. Nick Burkhardt

    Other State  CO Sheriff And Red Flag ERPO Critic Gets ERPO’d By Jail Inmate
  7. EHJ

    Other State  Alaska Red Flag Bill Submitted. Alaska. HB62 Bloomberg strikes again.
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    SAF WARNS OF NEW ‘GUN CONTROL PLAYBOOK’ TO PUSH ‘RED FLAG’ LAWS The Second Amendment Foundation is cautioning the public about a new “toolkit” for gun control lobbying groups to help them campaign for passage of so-called “red flag” laws that create “Extreme Risk Protection...
  9. Ferryman

    Other State  Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law
  10. Siglvr

    Iran attack, they're flying the red flag.

    So the Iranians are flying the red flag of revenge on the US. There is no question they will not respond to our attack. Does anyone have any concerns on use of a gas mask to filter out biologic weapons that might be surreptitiously let loose? If so, what did you select? BTW, months back the US...
  11. terdog

    Washington  RED FLAG LAW ARTICLE

    I received an email from the Spokesman - Review where the author, Shawn Vestal touts the success of Washingtons RFL's...
  12. DB is Here

    Other State  Nevada Sheriff Facing Recall over His Plans to Enforce Red Flag Law
  13. Pacesetter

    National  ‘Red flag’ gun confiscation bill passes House committee
  14. P

    Jim Jordan hates the red flag bill

    Man, I wish there were more Congress people like this guy! Make sure you are calling or emailing your senators is you haven’t already to try to stop them from passing some of these bills. Gun owners of America’s website has direct links to email them.
  15. scrandall01215

    National  Another Red Flag Confiscation Looks like he had a nice military gun collection that’s all. They he had Morters but nothing about if they were inert. Neighbors say “...
  16. Xaevian

    Oregon  Ladies and gentlemen, freedom has left the building

    Former Marine said he’d ‘slaughter’ antifa. The FBI, using Oregon’s new red flag law, took his guns away Bye bye 2nd amendment, take care 5th amendment, don't forget to write 1st amendment. Say hello to the 4th, 6th & 8th for me when you get there. Freedom is apparently only an illusion. I...
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