Shootings Reignite Focus on ‘Red Flag’ Laws, Schools’ Role in Violence Prevention

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[Source:  Education Week]

Responding to two large mass shootings over the weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday resurrected an idea he first pushed after a 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.—the enactment of state-level “red flag” laws that allow authorities to restrict people’s access to weapons if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

A wave of states passed such laws, more formally known as extreme risk protection orders, after last year’s shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and 15 states now have them. Among the first was Florida, which included a red flag law in a broad school safety bill it passed within a month of the attack, responding to reports that the gunman, a former student, had a known history of threatening behavior and interactions with law enforcement.

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