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Ever since Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 and wounded another 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, more and more states have been passing some sort of ‘red flag’ laws because of the circumstances before that shooting every took place.

Cruz was known to have mental issues and a history of strange behavior and postings in social media. The FBI and local police had investigated him, but failed to take any action, which could have prevented the school shooting.

The Rhode Island Senate is one of the latest political bodies to pass a ‘red flag’ bill that would allow courts and local officials to confiscate the firearms of anyone that deemed to be a threat to themselves or anyone else.

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(The Jamestown Press) – School shootings across the nation has led the Rhode Island Senate to pass legislation aimed at gun control, including a so-called red flag law that allows courts to disarm people who are considered a threat.

Sen. Dawn Euer, who represents Jamestown and Newport, co-sponsored the bill.

“I understand the need to change hearts and minds on important issues, but how many hearts are going to stop beating before we take meaningful action?” the Democrat said.

Legislation prohibiting rapid-fire modifications for semi-automatic weapons also was passed. These bills now head to the House. Rep. Deb Ruggiero, who represents Jamestown in the lower chamber, supports these measures.

The bill allows police to seek an “extreme risk protective order” from Superior Court that prohibits people from possessing firearms based on warning signs of violence. Ed Mello, Jamestown’s police chief, spearheaded the effort. He said the law already exists in principal, referring to a measure passed in October that disarms domestic abusers…

The problem with these kinds of ‘red flag’ laws is that they can be used for revenge by a spurned lover or friend who just wants to get even with someone that they believed wronged them. All they have to do is make a statement to authorities that they threatened by the person or the person made threats and in swoop the police and confiscate legally owned firearms.




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