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Prominent Texas Gun Rights Supporter Tentatively Favors "Red Flag" Proposal

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS RED-FLAG LAW?- One of Texas’ most prominent gun rights supporters is  tentatively endorsing the passage of a “red-flag” law, as a means of reducing school shootings. Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wrote the state’s concealed carry law when he was a state senator. Texas Public Media’s Andrew Schneider has more.

SCHNEIDER - A red-flag law allows a judge to take away a person’s firearm if someone can demonstrate the gun owner may be dangerous to himself or others. Patterson told a Texas House committee there is no way to eliminate school shootings. But he said a red-flag law could reduce them.

Credit Courtesy: Texas Public Media
Courtesy: Texas Public Media
Jerry Patterson, former Texas Land Commissioner

PATTERSON-“I believe, personally, that there is a way to, with respect of the Second, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Fourteenth [Amendments], and the rights of due process, a way to identify people who are a genuine threat and remove firearms from their control.”

SCHNEIDER-Governor Greg Abbott called on the Texas Legislature to consider the merits of adopting a red-flag law, following last month’s shooting at Santa Fe High School. Lawmakers are trying to figure out how to implement Abbott’s charge ahead of next year’s session.  In Houston, I’m Andrew Schneider.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.