A former FedEx employee who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis never appeared before a judge for a hearing under Indiana’s “red flag” law. (April 19)
RYAN MEARS: So, on March 3 of 2020, law enforcement responded because the mother called and said that her son was feeling suicidal. That individual was immediately detained, and there was a seizure of a shotgun that took place. The statute only authorizes us to issue search warrants to seize a weapon. We do not have the ability to use a search warrant or get a court order to acquire someone's mental health records, or medical history, which would be particularly relevant in trying to make these types of determinations.
We have one incident. He was treated by mental health professionals. They didn't civilly commit him. They didn't prescribe him any additional medication, and he was cut loose.
And so, for us, the risk is, if we move forward with that proceeding and we lose, guess what happens? That firearm goes right back to that person. This case does illustrate some of the shortcomings that exist with this red flag law.