What would a ‘red flag law’ gun rights proponents could support look like?


MINOT, N.D. — During the 2019 legislative session, state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo, introduced an iteration of the “red flag law” that’s much in the news of late after the horrific slaughter in Uvalde, Texas.

Despite bipartisan sponsorship, the bill didn’t get far. It died early in the session on a 17-76 vote in the House . In part because gun rights supporters such as myself were immediately critical of it.

There were significant problems in the bill, but I wish now that, instead of killing it, the bill had been amended into something workable, that provides an avenue to get guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill while simultaneously protecting our gun rights.

But that’s water under the bridge. There’s no need to re-litigate the past. Another legislative session looms, just after the election, providing a new opportunity to get something done.

What would a “red flag bill” that can thread the needle between gun control and gun rights proponents look like? Let’s talk about it.

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