Texas on School Shootings: ‘No’ to Confiscation, ‘Yes’ to Good Guys with Guns

Two and a half months after the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting, Texas is rejecting proposed confiscation orders and embracing more good guys with guns in schools.

Confiscation orders, often referred to as Red Flag laws, became a go-to law for gun controllers after the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting. Under such policies, the seizure of firearms can occur after a family member or law enforcement express concern that an individual may be a danger to himself or others. This triggers a hearing, which can be held ex parte, in which a judge can order the removal of guns and ammunition from a particular gun owner. 

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The laws vary slightly in how gun rights can be recovered, but typically after a time frame of a number of weeks or months, the individual can appear in court to contend for the restoration of his gun rights and the consequent return of his firearms.

Gun control proponents in Texas suggested the implementation of such a law following the Santa Fe High shooting, but the senate committee weighing the response decided against confiscatory orders. They instead opted for more good guys with guns. …

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