Conservatives Oppose Red Flag Laws

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.

Alfred S. Regnery
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
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
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
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
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
Western Center for Journalism
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan
Tim Macy
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
Joseph Gregory
Gregory Management Co.
Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum
The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D
Former Member of Congress
1st District of Kansas
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan’s Chief Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
Ralph A. Rebandt II
Oakland Hills Community Church
Donna Hearne
Constitutional Coalition
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
Melissa Ortiz
Jenna Ellis Rives
Constitutional Law Attorney
Trump 2020 Advisory Board
J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Gabriel Joseph
Digital Media / Social Consultant
The FreeEats Network
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Sean Noble
American Encore
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising
Rebecca Hagelin
The Washington Times
Nancy Schulze
RCW Speakers
Eaton Hopkins
Liberty Surgical
Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
Terry Schilling
American Principles Project
Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Benjamin R. Case
Focused On Fundraising, Inc.
Reverend Gregory Quinlan
The Center for Garden State Families
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Seton Motley
Less Government
Melvin Adams
Past President
S. Fran Lewis
Lewis Jewelers
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Allen Hebert
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
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive
Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
George Landrith
Frontiers of Freedom
Norm Singleton
Campaign for Liberty
Dr. John C. Eastman
Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
The Honorable Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Jeremy Cerone
EliteSafe Inc.
Lori Roman
American Civil Rights Union Action
Caroline C. Lewis
Percipio Communications

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