Wilmington City Council to discuss ‘Red Flag’ legislation

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington City Councilman has proposed a resolution that would keep weapons away from people considered an extreme threat. The resolution follows House Bill 976, which is also known as “The Red Flag Bill”.

This bill would create provisions to ensure people in need of mental health treatment receive appropriate care and attention. It comes in response to recent acts of mass violence throughout the country. Wilmington City Council member Kevin O’Grady says the proposed resolution asks the state legislature to consider this bill in order to prevent future acts of violence.

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“There has to be a mechanism. Dangers exist. But the guns can be taken away, and there needs to be due process, and that’s what this is. It’s very akin to a protective order,” O’Grady said.

Under the legislation, people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others would not be allowed to own or purchase weapons. Individuals who feel threatened by someone can also seek immediate protective relief through the legislation. They can voice their concerns to the judiciary, who can then decide whether to confiscate the person’s weapons.

11 states have already passed Red Flag laws. O’Grady says this form of an extreme protective order is just common sense. Wilmington City Council will discuss the resolution Tuesday.