‘Red flag’ laws may play role in preventing mass shootings, study finds

State laws that allow the removal of guns from people who present a threat to themselves or others may play a role in preventing mass shootings, according to a new study, a finding that could buttress support for “red flag” legislation being debated in Congress.

The study by a team at the nonpartisan Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis identified more than 20 cases in which California’s red-flag law was used in an effort to prevent a mass shooting.

None of the threatened shootings in those cases took place, according to the study, which will be published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.



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