Hey Patriots: Is Trump Backing Away From Red Flag Laws?

Written by Wes Walker on October 28, 2019

Is Trump coming around on the downside of what can go wrong with Red Flag legislation?

It’s no secret that we’re on board with a lot of Trump’s policy. That’s not the same thing as lockstep agreement with what he’s doing.

Sometimes we note our objections and take a wait-and-see approach, other times we speak up.

One of the issues a number of contributors to our site have raised as a serious concern is the Red Flag legislation that was being suggested as a way to cut the Gordion Knot on public demands for gun reform.

And now, if the reporting is accurate, it’s looking like Trump might be coming around.

The Trump White House is quietly reaching out to Second Amendment organizations and high-level supporters to let them know that the president is no longer backing any form of “red flag” firearms legislation or changes to the current background check laws, according to sources familiar with the conversations.

According to one individual who spoke to Bearing Arms on the condition of anonymity, the White House is instead looking to focus efforts on mental health, and is “looking at something along the lines of Cornyn’s bill”, a reference to Sen. John Cornyn’s RESPONSE Act unveiled this week. The source was careful to point out, however, that the White House has not endorsed the Cornyn proposal, and may not be on board with all of the provisions.

Gun control was pushed to the sidelines as Democrats kicked off their impeachment campaign, though one industry figure believes it was Beto O’Rourke and his push to ban and confiscate so-called “assault weapons” that scuttled the discussions between the White House and gun control supporters in Congress, not the impeachment proceedings themselves.

The news that the White House won’t support any new gun control measures will almost certainly have an impact on Capitol Hill, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will only bring up legislation that the president is willing to sign. If the president is no longer willing to sign a red flag law or some expansion to the current background requirements, we’re not likely to see a vote held at all.
Source: BearingArms

Will our readers be happy to hear him backing off from Red Flag laws? Some will for sure.

How will the new direction he’s looking at be received? I suppose we’ll have to see what the proposed policy will look like.

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