Texas Democrat Will Take Up ‘red Flag' Gun Control Law, With Trump's Support

AUSTIN — A measure that would temporarily remove guns from people who show signs of violence has failed for years in Texas, but that could change in 2019 with President Donald Trump pressuring states to pass the legislation.So-called “red flag” gun laws aren’t new in the Lone Star State, where Sen. José Rodríguez, an El Paso Democrat, has unsuccessfully pushed for the legislation since 2015. His measure would allow family members or attorneys to petition judges to temporarily prohibit potentially dangerous people from owning, buying or controlling guns.But Rodríguez is cautiously optimistic that 2019 could be different in Texas. Last month, the Trump administration called on every state to adopt their own “extreme risk protection orders” and directed the Department of Justice to assist them."Frankly, I'll believe it when I see it," Rodríguez said of the White House's support. "But it is good that they're talking about these types of protective orders."  Continue reading...

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