The conversation about increased gun control and potentially gun confiscation might be right around the corner according to Republican Senator and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham.
And, according to Graham, firearm confiscation laws could find common ground between Democrats and Republicans, allowing them to “come together” on the issue.
“CNN reported that Graham has long supported red flag laws, which allow a court to issue firearm confiscation orders for individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others,” Breitbart reports.
An effort to pass laws which would permit local law enforcement agencies to confiscate firearms from people before they commit a crime is already progressing through the House.
“I haven’t really looked at the House package, but this is to me is the area where we can come together,” Graham said about the Democratic-led effort per the report.
“Graham has scheduled a March 26 Judiciary Committee hearing on the confiscation orders,” Breitbart News adds.
Here’s more, via CNBC:
The influential committee chairman said the panel will discuss “red flag” laws, passed in many U.S. states, that allow courts to take away firearms from suspected dangerous individuals after receiving warnings from police officers or family members.
Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection, enjoy bipartisan support and have been praised by the White House and the National Rifle Association.
Graham, who has become a close ally of the president, said he and Trump had discussed the matter. He noted that there was “a lot of common ground” on aspects of the proposal.
The hearing has not yet appeared on the committee’s public schedule and the senator did not say who may be called as a witness.
According to Breitbart News, some states already implement red flag laws:
California, Illinois, and Florida all have gun confiscation orders via red flag laws. California’s law did nothing to prevent the November 7, 2018, Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in which 12 innocents were killed. The law in Illinois did not prevent the February 15, 2019, shooting at Henry Pratt Company, where five innocents were killed. And the Florida law did not stop the August 26, 2018, shooting at Jacksonville Landing or the January 23, 2019, shooting at SunTrust Bank in Sebring. A total of eight innocents were killed in the two Florida shootings.
CNBC noted that Graham’s willingness to “[hold] a hearing on gun control is … a remarkable development in the GOP-dominated Senate.”