Have You Reported Concerns to Police About a Potentially Dangerous Gun Owner? Curious Texas Wants to Know

In wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, some politicians are advocating “red flag” laws that would give courts the power to order police to confiscate guns of people who pose an extreme risk to the public or themselves.Right now, 17 states have red flag laws, but Texas is not one of them. And in cases when the public reports suspicious activity involving a gun owner that do not involve extreme risk, there is little that police can do.Today, reports emerged that the mother of the suspect in the El Paso shooting called police in Allen to tell them about her concerns over her son owning a long gun because of his age and immaturity. She says they told her, based on her description of the case and because he obtained the gun legally, there was nothing they could do, her lawyers say.The Dallas Morning News wants to know if you have had experience in reporting concerns to a local, state or federal law enforcement agency about a relative, friend or neighbor owning a gun? Tell us the name of the agency and what was their response. If you have police reports or other records of your conversations, please indicate that in the form. Also let us know any dates of your calls to law enforcement if you have them. Did law enforcement act on your concerns? If so, were their actions effective? Our query is part of Curious Texas, where our reporters invite you to join in our reporting process.You can tell Curious Texas how you've reported your concerns to law enforcement through the form below or by texting "DMN" to 214-817-3868. Follow the prompts and introduce yourself to us, share your experience with us and we'll text you with information as we report the story.Share your story with us.  Continue reading...

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