How red flag laws work — and why sometimes they don’t: Yahoo News Explains

Gun control is as divisive an issue as it’s ever been, but there is one strategy to curb firearm-related deaths that a majority of Americans, including a majority of gun owners, agree on: red flag laws. Nineteen states already have some form of these laws on the books, which allow authorities to issue “extreme risk protection orders” or “gun violence restraining orders” to temporarily restrict an individual’s access to guns when they have been identified as being at high risk of causing harm to themselves or others. Yahoo News explains how red flag laws work and why, despite best efforts, they can fail to prevent violence.