Spotlight: The red flags of red flag laws

By M.D Kittle

MADISON — As the U.S. Senate moves closer to a vote on a gun control package, a new poll shows a plurality of Americans have serious misgivings about so-called red flag laws.

The Convention of States Action survey finds 47% of respondents believe laws designed to temporarily take away firearms from individuals have the potential to be abused by local authorities and government officials. More so, these voters believe red flag laws could be used to target political opponents and citizens who disagree with public officials.

Nearly 31% of respondents said they’re not concerned the laws could be abused, and 22.5% were not sure.

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