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Wilmington is a port and coastal city in the southeast corner of North Carolina. The city has a population of over 110,000, but is also part of a larger metropolitan area that is bordered by the Atlantic coast on the east and Cape Fear River on the west.

The city council of Wilmington is considering a resolution to official ask the state legislature to pass a red flag law that would allow for the confiscation of all firearms from anyone who is deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others. So far, at least 11 other states have such a law.

(Port City Daily) – City Council will consider a resolution asking state legislators to join 11 other states in passing a “Red Flag” law allowing for the courts to seize firearms from people who are considered to pose a clear a present danger to themselves or others.

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The resolution, put forward by Councilman Kevin O’Grady, asks legislators to consider a statute creating what are known as “extreme protection orders.” The resolution asks that the following issues be considered:

  • the rights of all parties, including due process under the law
  • create provisions to ensure individuals in need of mental health treatment receive appropriate care
  • strengthen provisions to allow law enforcement to intervene and assist troubled individuals prior to tragedies occurring
  • create safeguards to ensure this tool is not used as a retaliatory tactic

According to O’Grady, “the concept is it strikes a balance between the right to bear arms and the right of people to live without fear of those arms.”

The key factor of this proposed resolution is the last point of making sure it is not used as a retaliatory tactic. Other places who have red flag laws have not provided such a safeguard, but written them so that anyone can claim a person is a threat and authorities will bust in and take their guns regardless of the real circumstances. An angry spouse/partner or ex can get a person’s guns taken away without any real probably cause, just because they are angry.




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