New Jersey Becomes 18th State To Adopt ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 01, 2019 - 6:24 pm
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TRENTON (WCBS 880) – New Jersey is joining New York as the latest state to institute a “red flag” law.

The law takes effect on Sunday, making New Jersey the 18th state to enact such a law. Just last week, New York became the 17th state to adopt similar legislation.

So-called red flag laws allow people to seek a court order to get a gun out of the hands of someone who may be a danger to themselves or others.

If a judge were to grant that request, a person would have to give up their gun temporarily.

The debate pits gun control advocates against gun rights advocates. The former say mass shooters exhibit warning signs in their behavior, while the latter say the red flag laws impinge on law-abiding gun owners.

The group Every Town for Gun Safety says gun suicides in Connecticut and Indiana went down after the implementation of red flag laws in those states.