Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responded to criticisms for his support of Red Flag laws following the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
The shootings in Dayton and El Paso left 31 innocent people dead and a nation yearning for an end to gun violence. While some Democrats have called for major changes to gun access in the United States, many Republicans seem focused on implementing Red Flag laws.
As IJR previously explained, Red Flag laws allow law enforcement to confiscate weapons from an individual who has been flagged by a family member. A judge must approve of the confiscation, but the flagged individual is never alerted to the situation.
The fact that the individual can have his or her weapons taken by the authorities without ever speaking with a judge leaves some concerned that Red Flag laws are an abuse of the due process rights of the individual.
Despite the due process concerns, Graham and other Republicans are moving forward with a bill that incentivizes states to pass Red Flag laws. During an interview on Fox News, Graham pushed back on host Martha MacCallum after she questioned him on the due process rights of the individual.
Watch Graham’s comments:
“I think [critics of Red Flag laws are] dead wrong, quite frankly. […] The Parkland shooting: 40 visits by the cops to [the gunman’s] house. A FBI hotline tip that he’s about ready to go to school and shoot people up, social media postings. There are plenty of judicial proceedings every day in America were somebody is adjudged to be a danger to themselves and others and they’re put in a mental health facility. That goes on all the time. So that process would apply to gun ownership. Nobody’s going to lose their gun unless they had their day in court, but we’re not going to create a situation the cops sit on the sidelines and watch somebody blow up when there are plenty of warning signs.”
Graham later added, “The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact.”
The senator is optimistic that his Red Flag legislation will pass through the House and Senate and land on President Donald Trump‘s desk. The president has signaled that he would support such legislation.