Red Flag laws

New York's 'Red Flag' law takes effect Saturday

Aug 23, 2019
Office of Governor Cuomo

It was passed and signed into law earlier this year, and Aug. 24 is when New York State's Red Flag legislation takes effect. It would allow certain authorities to seek the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who pose a threat to their own selves or to the general public, even if they haven't been arrested. One local authority admits it will be a challenge to ensure public safety while also respecting Second Amendment protections.

Strong majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new APM Research Lab/Guns & America/Call To Mind survey.

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In the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio over the weekend, there’s been renewed discussion about states and even the federal government adopting what’s known as red flag laws, to get guns out of the hands of potential killers. New York’s red flag law was approved last winter and takes effect later this month.

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Many states, including New York, have what are called "red flag" laws. That's legislation under which a judge can rule such an individual is a potential danger to himself or others and take away that person's guns.