Minnesota Law Enforcement Readies for Red Flag Law

Minnesota Law Enforcement Readies for Red Flag Law

Photo: In St. Paul, Minnesota on April 28, 2018, about 1500 gun owners gathered at the Minnesota Capitol to protest against any new gun control laws. They oppose universal background checks on gun purchases. They oppose bans on any types of rifles, such as AR-15's or the types commonly referred to as assault rifles. They oppose restrictions on bump stocks which allow semi-automatic firearms to attain the firing speed of fully automatic firearms. They oppose restrictions on high capacity ammunition magazines.
Sponsored by: Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus (MNGOC), National Rifle Association (NRA), Republican Party of Minnesota (MNGOP), Republican National Committee (RNC), Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA). 

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Minnesota law enforcement agencies are preparing for a new red flag law that will go into effect in 2024, which allows family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to confiscate guns from a person deemed dangerous to themselves or others CBS reported.

More than 20 states plus Washington D.C. now have such red flags. Judges can either grant an emergency order good for two weeks or an extreme-risk order that can last up to a year (and it can be extended). The Minnesota Sheriff's Association is concerned about how the law is expected to be enforced, the report noted. They have since coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the courts and the Minnesota Police Chief's Association. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is offering online training for agencies. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable told reporters he believes that tactics for enforcement may vary, though it is clear how to obtain the orders. 

In the case that individuals don't voluntarily forfeit their weapons, a warrant will be issued. Sheriffs were initially concerned about due process issues, but the law appears to deal with this by affording gun owners a court hearing within 14 days under the emergency order and opportunities to address the court to contest allegations in the order. 

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