‘Red Flag’ Laws In Question, Alleged LGTBQ Club Shooter Made Bomb Threat

The mass shooting this past weekend at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub was allegedly committed by a gunman last year in connection with a bomb threat, renewing questions about "red flag" laws that attempt to curb gun violence nationwide.
An FBI agent walks outside of Club Q, the site of a weekend mass shooting, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

At a glance

  • The laws – which allow courts to issue “extreme risk protection orders” – allow for the removal of firearms from people considered at risk of harming themselves or others.
  • Gun gun advocates touted as crucial means to prevent mass shootings.
  • However, data shows a discrepancy in the use of such laws in the 19 states that have implemented them including Colorado.

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