Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) spoke with Shannon Bream last night to explain his plan for federal “Red Flag Laws.” The purpose of these laws is to remove firearms from dangerous individuals. Graham’s murky proposal is in response to two deadly massacres last weekend and politicians are scrambling to look like they are “doing something.” Graham was short on the specifics in his segment but it sounds like due process for your gun rights are not a priority despite Graham saying they are.
Graham describes his program as a federal grant for states to create their own Red Flag laws. Some states already have them. Sen. Graham claims there will have to be imminent threat to oneself or others, before the police can go to a judge, there would be a hearing for police to present their case using a “more likely than not” standard, seven days later there is a full-blown hearing. That doesn’t sound like due process to me, the cops take your guns away for 7 days and you have to hire an attorney to get you firearms back. This sounds terrible.
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