Whitmer says she’d like tougher “red flag” gun law

Aug 13, 2019

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Credit michigan.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she would support a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to seize firearms from someone who is deemed a risk.

Governor Whitmer was asked about the topic, and said more can be done to prevent mass shootings by murderers who use rapid-fire, high-capacity firearms. She says that includes identifying people who pose a risk of violence and getting a court order to seize their guns. She says the prospect of a mass shooting is terrifying.

“It could be a question of time, not a question of whether or not Michigan has to confront something like we’ve seen play out in Ohio and Texas, and I don’t even like saying that out loud.”

       The governor says she’s raised the issue with the Legislature’s Republican leadership as something to be dealt with once they’ve adopted a new state budget and a plan to fund road repairs.