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‘Red-Flag’ Law Seen as Possible Starting Point for US Gun Talks

  • Revived Senate gun law discussions come after Texas massacre
  • Two parties remains sharply divided over background checks
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The massacre at a Texas school has revived discussions of so-called red-flag laws as one potential compromise between Democrats and Republicans, as lawmakers grasp for some response to yet another US mass shooting.

Red-flag laws allow law enforcement officials or family members to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms or prevent their purchase by someone deemed a danger. Still, less than 24 hours after a shooter killed 19 elementary students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, divisions were already forming on the specifics of how that would work, raising questions about whether a compromise can be found.