Red flag bills have bipartisan backing
I do not disagree with the message of Allen Alfreds’ recent letter commenting on proposed “red flag” legislature and I think he does a great job at explaining the ways in which such a policy can be abused. The main issue with it, though, is how partisan the letter is. I’m going to go on a limb and assume that he believes that it’s only the Democrats that are supporting such a policy. That isn’t true.
It would benefit Alfreds and many Republicans to recall that earlier in this year, and not too long after the shooting sprees in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, three Kentucky state senators introduced Senate Bill 244, which is a red flag bill. The bill, although currently sponsored only by Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, was introduced with the help of two Republicans: Julie Raque Adams and Paul Hornback.
Bipartisan red flag laws aren’t exclusive to Kentucky. Remember when U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would offer a bipartisan red flag bill alongside U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal? How about when Donald Trump brought the idea of such a law up after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida?
It is rather laughable to claim red flag laws are another Democrat assault on the Second Amendment, when so many Republicans are pushing for the same thing. These types of laws have strong support on both sides of the aisle and the idea of Matt Bevin signing Senate Bill 244 into law wouldn’t be too far fetched, in my opinion.
If you want a governor who actually will veto this red flag bill, I encourage you to vote for the Libertarian candidate, John Hicks, for governor Nov. 5.