Feb 9, 2019

9 states have adopted "red flag" gun laws since Parkland shooting

The first day of school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in August 2018. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nine states have adopted "red flag" gun laws, which allow the temporary seizure of weapons owned by individuals deemed threatening by family members or police, since last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., reports the AP.

The big picture: Nikolas Cruz, the accused Parkland shooter, had a long history of mental illness but still had access to weapons, prompting the push. Florida passed its own "red flag" law shortly after the shooting, and the total number of states with similar statutes stands at 14 with more expected in the months to come. An AP analysis found that at least 1,700 gun seizure orders were issued nationwide in 2018 — and stated the actual number was likely much higher as their data was both incomplete and did not include California.

Go deeper: House Democrats look to answer calls for gun control legislation

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.