Categories
Uncategorized

Aggressive “red flag” enforcement to seize guns from dangerous people by New York county shows positive impact

Suffolk County, New York on Long Island has been strictly enforcing “red flag” laws that allow law enforcement officers to confiscate guns from people who are deemed threats to others or themselves, and doing so has had a positive impact on the community, a report by the New York Times shows.

One of the gun control regulations proposed by advocates including President Joe Biden to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people after a spate of mass shootings in the United States, red flag laws are opposed by people who depend on guns to define their existence, falsely claiming that it violates Constitutional rights of due process.  (In fact, with most such laws, a judge issues a court order after hearing evidence.)

Since Suffolk County’s red flag law went into effect in 2019, more than 100 cases have been brought to seize firearms from people.  Police and counselors credit the law for diffusing the danger of various situations. 

While precise data is difficult to access given the small pool of cases, the people who have been part of the process assert the law is helpful and effective.  “This is something that we can use in that gray area where we don’t have anything and we’re just walking away from a situation that we know is making the hair on the back of our neck stand up,” said Geraldine Hart, a former county police commissioner who helped direct the law’s rollout.

In one case, a 16-year-old boy told schoolmates that he was going to kill himself and that he had access to shotguns.  After a red flag allowed police to remove two shotguns from his house–the guns were legally owned by a parent–the boy received counseling and “admitted that not having the shotguns in the home is helpful to him,” according to a report made by the judge who ordered the removal.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Colombia reaches resumefire deal with FARC holdouts

40 mins ago

Republican hawks freaked out over JD Vance pick

1 hour ago

Dem megadonors doing everything they can to push Biden out

2 hours ago

Breitbart reports old celebrity’s opinion somehow wrong

2 hours ago

Orange Felon already sweating Supreme Court reform

13 hours ago

WATCH LIVE: RNC Cult Ritual, Day Two

14 hours ago

Biden to propose term limits for Supreme Court

14 hours ago

“Hey Kevin, what night are you speaking?”

15 hours ago

Vance scrubs “END ABORTION” page from website

15 hours ago

Eric a “very compassionate person, but” migrants must suffer

16 hours ago

Steve Bannon’s sugar daddy convicted on nine of 12 counts

16 hours ago

Cops shoot man armed with knives dead outside RNC

17 hours ago

“Who’s the ‘they’ then? Let’s be very specific”

17 hours ago

Secret Service arrests convicted sex offender over Biden threats

18 hours ago

Schumer says it’s time for Gold Bars Bob to hang it up

19 hours ago

Don Jr gushes over how “African Americans” praise his dad to him

19 hours ago

Team Biden happiest with Trump picking Vance as running mate

19 hours ago

Troglodyte demands revenge after Republican grazes idol

19 hours ago

Menendez convicted on all counts

20 hours ago

Congressional Dems circulating letter to halt early nomination

20 hours ago

Divorced men a hot demographic for Trump: poll analysis

20 hours ago

Schiff tells Dem donors he thinks Biden is screwed

21 hours ago

Well this sure is awkward

22 hours ago

July record for “snowfall” broken at Philadelphia International

22 hours ago

In other sign of steady economy, consumer spending rise, sorta

23 hours ago

Fox News reports violent hate symbol sighted near RNC venue

23 hours ago

RNC raffling off an AR-15

24 hours ago

FBI haven’t found any clues on Crooks’s phone: New York Post

1 day ago

Hardcore anti-DEI MAGA influencer disappointed with RNC

1 day ago

DNC aims to finalize Biden nomination by end of next week

1 day ago

Romania to cull 481 bears

1 day ago

Shooting victim’s wife declined Biden call, hasn’t heard from Trump

2 days ago

Tiny man still sticking to “rhetoric” script despite facts and stuff

2 days ago

Neighbor says Crooks home had Trump signs in front yard

2 days ago

Jack Smith to appeal Cannon’s dismissal of Trump docs case

2 days ago

RFK Jr met with Trump on Monday, considered endorsing him

2 days ago

FBI says they’ve gained access to Thomas Crooks’s phone

2 days ago

National Zero Live Coverage: The RNC’s 2024 cult ritual, Day One

2 days ago

Trump picks Vance as VP nominee

2 days ago

Marco Rubio eliminated from contention on The Veeprentice

2 days ago

Forced-birther says Evangelicals “feel so betrayed by the Republican Party, and honestly, they feel betrayed by Trump”

2 days ago

Harris outperforms Biden in Virginia and Pennsylvania: NYT poll

2 days ago

Pizzagate asshole evidently concerned, no sourcing required

2 days ago

JD Vance “departs home in motorcade”

2 days ago

Let’s hear more about how we’re all “toning down the rhetoric” now

2 days ago

Forbes deletes “Will surviving gunfire be Donald Trump’s next appeal to black voters?” op-ed by “DEI expert” guest writer

2 days ago

German prostitute registrations inch back to pre-COVID levels

2 days ago

Cannon tosses Trump classified documents case

2 days ago

“That’s certainly the same kind of language you’re talking about”

2 days ago

Monday’s “Morning Joe” pulled to avoid inappropriate comments

2 days ago

x
x
x
x
x
x