Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to consider his bipartisan “red flag” bill (S.7), during the committee’s next business meeting.
Rubio introduced this bill in March 2018, following the Parkland Massacre of February 2018.
A one-pager of the legislation can be found here.
That same year, Florida enacted its own red flag gun confiscation order, becoming one of the first red states to fold to anti-gun pressure.
The letter can be read in its entirety here.
Following the Dayton and El Paso shootings, Rubio believes that it is now the appropriate time to pass this legislation:
The two horrific shootings that occurred this past weekend demonstrates why we must enact common sense reforms. Risk protection orders continue to have bipartisan support. Unfortunately, neither state in which these unimaginable tragedies occurred currently have a “red flag” law. It is too soon to say whether the deranged culprits who carried out these unspeakable acts would have been “flagged,” however, the options available to family members and law enforcement are varied, and often limited.
He then broke down what his bill entails:
My bill simply seeks to incentivize states to enact their own risk protection orders, and ultimately, allow those who seek to do harm the ability to get the help they so desperately need. To have a chance at preventing tragedies in the future, we must be able to identify dangerous behavior that will enable the appropriate individuals to take legal action to remove firearms from dangerous individuals.
Two bills we should pass right away which could prevent future terror attacks like the ones this weekend:
1. Our “Red Flag” Law (S.7); &
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 7, 2019
Rubio is not alone in his push for gun control.
This has the makings of the biggest Second Amendment fight in recent memory.
Gun rights supporters will definitely have their hands full in the next few weeks.
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