GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The United States House of Representatives passed a ‘red-flag’ bill aimed at barring those considered dangerous to themselves or others from possessing firearms. Currently, 19 US states, and also Washington D.C., have these ‘red-flag’ laws in place. The latest push is to create a federal law of the same nature to check gun violence.

What are ‘red flag’ laws?

  1. The ‘extreme risk protection laws’, known informally as ‘red-flag’ laws, are among the possible solutions offered to tackle the endemic gun violence in the United States.
  2. These laws allow courts to issue a special protection order which authorises the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people that display concerning behaviour, such as issuing threats of harm.
  3. The first ‘red-flag’ law was introduced in Connecticut in 1999, after a mass shooting occurred in the state the previous year.
  4. The shooter had previously displayed signs of emotional instability and was undergoing treatment for stress-related problems.
  5. The current ‘red-flag’ bill passed on 9 June 2022, called the ‘Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order’, was sponsored by the Democratic Representative of Georgia, Lucy Mcbath.
  6. She had personally suffered due to gun violence, when her teenage son, Jordan Davis was shot and killed in 2012, following an argument over loud music played by Davis.