Attorney General Merrick Garland Celebrates $750 Million in Funding for More Red Flag Laws

The Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Biden celebrated the inauguration of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center on Saturday.

In a significant move, the administration pledged $750 million to bolster the Center’s efforts in implementing further red flag laws.

Earlier reports indicated that Vice President Kamala Harris announced the creation of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center during a speech at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This location holds particular significance as the site of the tragic February 14, 2018, school shooting, which resulted in the loss of 17 lives.

Harris emphasized the importance of red flag laws, stating, “Red flag laws are simply designed to allow communities a vehicle through which they can share, and have somewhere to share it, information about the concern about the potential danger or the crying out for help of an individual and then let’s give it to them before tragedy occurs. Part of why I am here today is to challenge every state to pass a red flag law.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland expressed his excitement about the Center’s launch, stating, “The launch of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center will provide our partners across the country with valuable resources to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.”

He highlighted the Center as the latest effort by the Justice Department to utilize every tool provided by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to safeguard communities from gun violence.

Neither the DOJ nor Harris mentioned California’s implementation of a red flag law in 2014, as reported by the Giffords Law Center. Nonetheless, FBI statistics revealed that California topped the nation in “active shooter incidents” in 2021.

The DOJ and Harris also failed to mention that Florida adopted a red flag law just weeks after the Parkland school shooting, yet it failed to stop a January 23, 2019, massacre at Sun Trust Bank in Sebring, Florida.

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By Hunter Fielding
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