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Senate unlikely to pass 'red flag' gun bill passed by House





Earlier this week, members of the House approved a bill called the "red flag" bill, which allows family members, police officers and others to request that federal courts remove firearms from those at extreme risk of harming themselves or others.



There are currently red flag laws in 19 states and the District of Columbia. House bill allows a judge to order firearms to be temporarily removed and stored pending the outcome of a hearing, which can take place up to two weeks later, to decide whether the firearms should be returned or kept. 224 to 202 votes were declared in favor of the bill.



“We are painfully aware that we cannot do enough to save every life, and there is no one answer that will solve this problem,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “But we do know that taking guns out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves, or others, would save countless lives.”



As a result of the vote, members of Congress heard testimony from victims of the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, and ahead of a planned March for Gun Control scheduled for Saturday in Washington.



9 June 2022

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