Jun 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DOJ advises states on how to craft "red flag" gun laws

Merrick Garland wears a suit and tie

U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland in Washington, D.C. on May 20. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In an effort to curb gun violence, the Justice Department on Monday proposed new restrictions on gun modifications and advised states on how to craft legislation enabling temporary seizure "red flag" laws.

Why it matters: Mass shootings rose sharply during the pandemic — although they were reported less frequently — and the violence has only grown, with 12 mass shootings seen over just one weekend last month.

Details: The DOJ released model legislation to advise states on how to enact laws that allow the temporary seizure of weapons owned by individuals deemed threatening or "in crisis" by family members or police.

  • The agency also proposed enforcing heightened regulation on pistols outfitted with stabilizing braces that allow for easier shoulder firing — which makes the weapon the equivalent of a short-barreled rifle.

What they're saying: “The Justice Department is determined to take concrete steps to reduce the tragic toll of gun violence in our communities,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

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