'Red Flag' Laws Not Seen Getting Traction in Texas Following El Paso

One of the proposals floated by President Trump in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, so called 'Red Flag Laws' are not expected to gain any traction in Texas.

Those laws allow a judge, acting on the recommendation of a family members, friend, lawe enforcement officer or co-worker, to rule that a person is a potential danger to him or herself, and order that the person's firearms be confiscated.

Alice Tripp, with the very influential Texas State Rifle Association, says that idea is a 'non starter.'

"This is 'your ex mother in law doesn't like you, so take your gun' bill," she said. "There is no due process, it is terrible."

She pointed out that the official platform of the Texas Republican Party, which controls both houses of the Legislature, opposes any type of 'Red Flag' law.

Tripp says the state already has laws that deal with this.

"If you are adjudged to be mentally ill, you are adjudicated to be mentally ill, you can't own a firearm and you lose your gun rights."

So much as proposing a Red Flag Law following the Santa Fe High School shooting in 2018 prompted so much blowback that Gov. Abbott was prompted to walk back any talk of supporting a law like that before the Legislature.

Tripp says nothing has changed since then.

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