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.