An effort to roll back Virginia's red flag law is done for the year
Virginia has a red-flag law designed to combat gun violence. A Republican effort to overturn the law has failed.
Republicans don't like Virginia's new red flag law, which uses court-imposed risk orders to remove guns from people who might be a danger to themselves or others. Republican Delegate Marie March of Floyd County introduced a bill that would ditch the red flag law.
"We are depriving people of liberty and property for accused thought crime. This isn't proactive policing," March said. "This is a bad law to deprive people of their rights."
Delegate Wendy Gooditis is a Democrat from Clarke County whose brother had a mental health crisis, and his gun was temporarily removed by a sheriff's deputy.
"At the end of 45 minutes, he had no choice because of our laws in Virginia a few years ago but to hand the firearm back to my brother. I no longer have that brother," Gooditis said. "A few weeks later, he shot himself with that firearm. You think about that!"
On Monday, a Senate panel rejected the effort to repeal the red flag law, which will continue to be used by law enforcement officials across Virginia.