In today’s rush to stop gun violence many states are passing new gun laws in order to try and stop the gun violence that is happening in our nation. The most common of these gun laws are new red flag laws. These laws are meant with good intentions, but these laws do have unintended consequences that have a negative impact on our nation’s law enforcement.
Red Flag laws are designed to take guns away from those people who are considered a danger to themselves or others. Everyone can agree that people who are a legitimate danger to themselves or others should have their guns taken away. The problem is that the way that some of these laws are worded, they lack proper clarity. Many of these laws are extremely vague in their wording. For example, someone could make a claim on someone and get their guns taken for little or not reason. This will put officers in unnecessary danger by taking guns from someone who has no reason to have their guns taken away.
Sometimes these gun laws have been used against officers. Earlier this year a woman in Colorado tried to have an officer’s gun taken away. Having this type of law that could potentially be used against officers is a very bad road to go down. In today’s political climate who is to say that a liberal judge will use this law on officers who use their firearms? This could be used as an attempt to start disarming police officers in liberal cities.
These laws do seem like that they might be needed to help curb gun violence in the country. Everyone agrees that people who are a legitimate danger to themselves or others, should not have guns. These laws do come with unintended consequences though; it threatens law-abiding gun owners and officers. Cops might have to remove guns from someone who had a false claim against them. The bigger threat is that it could potentially be used against officers. We must remain vigilant to make sure that these laws are sound and do not threaten officers and civilians alike.
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