Former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy says second amendment defenders ought to get behind so-called red flag laws so long as the legislation is written responsibly.
Red flag laws would allow a court to assess whether a person is a threat to themselves or others, remove the guns if the person is deemed a threat, and then re-evaluate their case at various intervals.
Supporters say red flag laws are the best way to preserve second amendment rights while taking steps to prevent mass shootings or other violence.
Detractors see the idea as a a slippery slope that would allow Americans to be harassed by such laws due to their political beliefs or simply because someone doesn’t like them. They also fear due process would be comprised for those accused.
Listen to the full podcast as McCarthy responds to those objections and much more. He describes the kind of laws he would like to see, why he thinks it would clearly be constitutional, and what kind of poison pills conservatives would need to avoid in getting the legislation over the finish line.