More Republican senators say they are open to red flag laws on guns in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that resulted in the deaths of at least 19 children and two adults.
A federal red flag law would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people considered to be a threat to themselves or others. Several states have similar laws on the books.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, whose state has a red flag law, said it’s a good bipartisan path forward.
‘I believe that we should look at enacting a red flag law based on the one we have in Maine, which has due process rights and involves a medical professional in the decision,’ she said Tuesday. ‘I don’t know the details of the shooter, but it’s hard to believe he wasn’t mentally ill.’
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