Last updated on: 5/16/2024 | Author: ProCon.org

Should the U.S. Government Enact “Red Flag” Gun Control Laws?

“Red flag” laws, officially extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs), “are modeled off domestic violence protection orders, create a civil process allowing law enforcement, family members (in most states), and medical professionals or other groups (in some states) to petition a court to temporarily prohibit someone at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing and possessing firearms for the duration of the order,” according to the Department of Justice. For more on gun control, explore the ProCon debate.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, “Justice Department Launches the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center,” justice.gov, Mar. 23, 2024

PRO (yes)

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Joe Biden:

“Last year [2022], I signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (the “Act”), the most significant bipartisan gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years. The Act provides communities with new tools to combat gun violence, including enhanced gun background checks for individuals under age 21, funding for extreme risk protection orders and other crisis interventions, and increased mental health resources to help children impacted by gun violence heal from the resulting grief and trauma.”

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White House, “Executive Order on Reducing Gun Violence and Making Our Communities Safer,” whitehouse.gov, Mar. 14, 2023

Pro

Donald Trump:

“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.”

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Lauren Dezenski, “Trump Backs ‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws. What Do They Actually Do?,” cnn.com, Aug. 5, 2019

CON (no)

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

No position as of May 1, 2024.