GOA to Congress: “Red Flag” Laws Will Not Save Lives

The following was sent to every member of Congress on August 16, 2019.

Dear Representative/Senator,

“Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders (GCOs), also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, are an objectively ineffective proposal in the wake of mass public shootings. A study on the effectiveness of “Red Flag” GCOs, conducted in 2018 using data from 13 states for a combined total of 36 years, found that “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders don’t reduce crime, don’t reduce suicides, don’t reduce murders, and don’t reduce mass murders.

In fact, most mass shooters fall into one of two categories: (1) Either there were no “red flags” that something was wrong, or (2) A governmental authority failed to act when there were warning signs. Regarding the latter, authorities have failed to utilize existing “Red Flag” laws, did not seek an involuntary commitment for the mentally ill, or refused to arrest and prosecute violent individuals.

Some of the failures of “Red Flag” GCOs can be seen in recent high-profile shootings such as:

Some recent high-profile shootings where there were no “red flags” in the life of the shooter are:

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is an armed good guy or gal. It is proven that self-defense minded Americans who carry firearms stop mass shootings all the time. Passing gun control like “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders will do nothing to prevent future mass public shootings and will only serve to create more red tape and prevent more law-abiding citizens from being able to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. We cannot continue to allow the government to restrict, or in some states outright deny, their ability and right to defend themselves from the very shootings these gun control laws purport to prevent.

This is why for years, Gun Owners of America has urged responsible and effective firearm reforms. This would include Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity, like Congressman Richard Hudson’s H.R. 38 to allow law-abiding citizens to carry weapons. Or they would include bills to Repeal Gun-Free Zones, like Congressman Thomas Massie’s H.R. 3200, the Safe Students Act, which will eliminate the Gun-Free School Zone Act that has failed to stop a single school shooting.