EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Five states have passed a gun control law, commonly referred to as the “red flag law,” that some say could’ve prevented Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, Fla. That list could be growing.
The law, more formally known as an “Extreme Risk Protection Order,” allows family members and police to go to a judge and request the removal of guns from a person until they’re no longer deemed dangerous.
California, Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Connecticut have passed the law, and Texas has a similar modification.
In the Lone Star State, a person can’t posses a gun if they’ve been diagnosed as suffering from a psychiatric disorder, entered a plea of not guilty by insanity, require continuous medical treatment, or have been diagnosed within the last 5 years with being dependent to alcohol or a controlled substance.
Some argue that the “red flag law,” could’ve prevented Wednesday’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
New reports say the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, killed squirrels with a pellet gun, posted on Instagram about guns and killing animals, and had been treated at a mental health clinic.
In opposition, the National Rifle Association (NRA) said in a statement that the law “strips the accused of their second amendment rights.”
Florida’s GOP senator, Mark Rubio, has received criticism from the support he received from the NRA, but Sunday morning he said that state legislators should “absolutely” consider enacting the law.
He told the Miami CBS affiliate that it’s an example of a state law that could’ve prevented the shooting.
Lawmakers in 18 other states, including Florida, have proposed similar measures.