DC Red Flag Law used for first time

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 19th, 2019 1:53 pm

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 3:40 pm

D.C. Police have used the District’s “red flag” law for the first time, which allows law enforcement to take away firearms from someone they think may be a danger to themselves or others.

The Extreme Risk Protection Order, commonly called the Red Flag Law, is being used to remove guns from a man in Northwest D.C. who police say exhibited odd behavior while trying to legally register a pistol.

The man is currently going through a divorce and had been previously investigated by police. Authorities say he may be going through a mental health crisis.

A judge will decide on Monday whether to allow the temporary order to take away the man’s guns. The order could extend up to a year.

An Extreme Risk Protection Order can also be requested by family and friends.

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