Chris Swecker, a former FBI assistant director, stated to Fox News that he favors red-flag regulations that allow for the confiscation of firearms from potentially dangerous persons. Swecker talked about the mass shooting and the search for the perpetrator, Robert Card, who is currently being held on eight counts of murder. He said that he was flashing red since warning indicators are typically ignored before mass shootings.
Swecker stated that there is an opportunity for red-flag regulations that would let police go out and seek an order, enter the home, and seize any firearms found inside.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders, often known as “Red Flag Laws,” make it illegal for those who pose a danger to themselves or others to buy or possess firearms. New York and the District of Columbia are among the 21 states and the District of Columbia that have passed Red Flag Laws as of May.
An issue brought to light by Wednesday’s deadly shooting is Maine’s Yellow Flag Law, which allows for the temporary removal of firearms from those who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. Suppose law enforcement has reason to believe an individual poses a threat to himself or others. In that case, they may ask the Supreme Court for an order to seize the individual’s firearms temporarily.
The Ocean State has seen over 200 “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” filed in the past five years. Since 2021/22, the Cranston Police Department has submitted 45 reports like this. The judge’s order will endure for one year, with the possibility of renewal. During that period, the individual must surrender all firearms and is prohibited from acquiring any new weapons. Once a year, they may file an appeal of the ruling.
Until a hearing can be held, “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” can be issued temporarily for up to 14 days. After Wednesday’s deadly shooting, there has been criticism of Maine’s firearms regulations. The Yellow Flag Law in Maine mandates two separate approvals from a judge and a doctor before a person’s firearms can be taken away.
Seven petitions have been filed since 2019, according to Rhode Island State Police Colonel Darnell Weaver, and it is often members of the family who are the first to report suspicious activity to authorities. Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven Mike Lawlor has indicated that following this occurrence, he would be surprised if Maine did not pass a Red Flag law.