Virginia needs a red-flag law

We all send our prayers out to our fellow Virginians who are the victims, the survivors, and their families and friends in the Virginia Beach community.

I am a common-sense person. I respect conscientious gun owners. Gun owners fully understand what a gun can do to a living being. No one wants to take guns away from responsible gun owners. Common sense says if we tried to do that it would be all-out chaos or war.

I asked a group of gun owners what would they do if they knew a fellow gun owner was acting violent, threatening others, or appeared to be mentally impaired or suicidal. They simply said, ā€œIā€™d go get his guns.ā€

That is common sense. They would do what they could to protect others or try to protect that person from harming him or herself.

Red-flag laws, sometimes called extreme risk protection order laws, allow a judge to issue an order that enables law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals deemed a risk to themselves or others. The approach of the red-flag laws is to seize guns from people who have them and to restrict their access until they are no longer deemed dangerous

Red-flag laws have been passed in 15 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

There are nine states that are considering red-flag laws in their legislative bodies. This leaves Virginia as one of 26 states with no red-flag law or active bill.

For the safety of our citizens, Virginia needs a red-flag law.

Ann Faulkner Ridgeway

Locust Dale

Ridgeway is a candidate for the House of Delegates in the 30th District.

Load comments