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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Are Red Flag Laws a Green Light to Save Lives?

Justin Heflin (West Virginia University), Are Red Flag Laws a Green Light to Save Lives?, SSRN (2022):

Mass shootings have become a hot topic of discussion in the United States in recent years. Policymakers have taken action through state legislation to develop a policy that would reduce the number of mass shootings. Red Flag Laws, also known Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO), is a form of gun control policy designed to remove firearms from someone who presents a danger to themselves or others. I examine the effect that Red Flag Laws have on suicide rates and homicide rates in the states that have passed and implemented a Red Flag Law using a difference-in-differences approach. I find that suicide rates and homicide rates decrease by just over 6% and 10%, respectively, in the states that have a Red Flag Law. These effects are driven mainly by the states that also allow both family members and law enforcement to petition a state court for the removal of firearms.

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