Conservatives Oppose Red Flag Laws

Conservative Action Project — Friday, September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019
Washington, DC

Conservatives oppose efforts to pass red flag laws at the state or federal level. These laws reverse the burden of proof, assuming people are guilty and must be proven innocent. They trample on the constitutional rights of Americans. And they do nothing to prevent mass shootings.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed forms of red flag laws, which allow police, family members, neighbors, romantic partners, teachers, or therapists who fear that a gun owner has become dangerous to file a seizure warrant for that person’s weapons with a judge.

In many states, the gun owner is not present in the hearing to defend himself in front a judge, who determines if that person’s firearms should be confiscated.

Federal law already prohibits individuals from owning firearms if they have been convicted of a felony, a domestic-violence misdemeanor, have an active restraining order against them, or have been committed to a mental health institution. All 50 states also have civil commitment laws on the books, which allow friends and family to petition a court of emergency hospitalization or detention, subject to a hearing where the named individual is present entitled to legal counsel.

Red flag laws don’t reduce shootings. Two Yale-trained researchers reviewed 22 unique mental health reporting laws around the country, and found “no correlation with homicide rates.”

John Lott and Carlisle Moody found similar results in a fixed regression model for all 50 states, showing “red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary.”

Worse, data from Connecticut and Indiana—states with the two oldest red flag laws in the country—show that nearly a third of confiscation orders are issued in error, against innocent people.

It would be a mistake to enact red flag laws, or encourage states to do so, when these laws clearly do not address the problem of mass shootings, but instead put the enumerated Second Amendment rights of Americans at risk.

Conservatives stand strongly opposed to the passage of red flag laws at the state or federal level.


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Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Lisa B. Nelson
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Matt Schlapp
Chairman
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Daniel Schneider
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American Conservative Union (ACU)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Floyd Brown
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Western Center for Journalism
Ron Robinson
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Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Mike Hill
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Florida State House
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan
Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Belden Bell
Cochair-Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation
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Gregory Management Co.
Anne Schlafly Cori
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Eagle Forum
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1st District of Kansas
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American Values
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Oakland Hills Community Church
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Constitutional Coalition
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ConservativeHQ.com
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Constitutional Law Attorney
Trump 2020 Advisory Board
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Gabriel Joseph
Digital Media / Social Consultant
The FreeEats Network
Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Judson Phillips
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Tea Party Nation
Sean Noble
President
American Encore
William W. Pascoe, III
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Tea Party Patriots Action
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American Target Advertising
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The Washington Times
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RCW Speakers
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President
Legal Immigrants for America
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American Principles Project
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The Center for Garden State Families
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
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Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
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Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
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America’s Liberty PAC
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President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Melvin Adams
Past President
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President
Lewis Jewelers
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Lee Beaman
CEO
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Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Robert D. Thompson
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George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom
Norm Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty
Dr. John C. Eastman
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Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
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Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
The Honorable Jerry Melvin
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Florida House of Representatives
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
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Executive Director
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