A majority of Republicans join Democrats in backing red-flag gun laws

Meera Jagannathan
A majority of Republicans join Democrats in backing red-flag gun laws

Red-flag laws, also known as extreme-risk protection orders, or ERPOs, allow a family member or law-enforcement officer who spots warning signs to seek a court order to temporarily confiscate a person’s firearm. About 77% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” support red-flag laws that allow a family member to seek such a court order, according to the survey of 1,009 U.S. adults, with 21% opposed. The survey, jointly conducted by American Public Media’s APM Research Lab, the public-radio reporting collaboration Guns & America and the American Public Media mental-health initiative Call to Mind, was administered July 16-21 — prior to the Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton shootings, which occurred within a seven-day span.