Eshoo Votes for Federal Red Flag Law

June 9, 2022
Press Release
Legislation Takes Action to Prevent Those Who Pose a Threat to Themselves or Others from Legally Possessing a Firearm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted for the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, legislation to establish a federal “red flag law” which temporarily prevents those who pose a threat to themselves or others from being able to legally possess a firearm.

“When people are in crisis and pose a threat to themselves or others, those closest to them are often the first to see the warning signs, or the ‘red flags.’ The legislation we passed today will empower loved ones and law enforcement to petition a federal judge for an extreme risk protection order to temporarily remove access to firearms from those deemed dangerous,” said Eshoo. “Nineteen states, including California, have enacted red flag laws and they have been proven to save lives. This bill will prevent acts of gun violence, including suicide and mass shootings, before they can occur.”