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Red Flag Laws in Pennsylvania

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With the rise in gun violence throughout the US, talk about red flag laws has increased in different states. Pennsylvania is no exception. At the time of writing this, only 19 states as well as D.C. have red flag policies. These policies have been put in place to improve gun safety and reduce gun violence. However, red flag laws in Pennsylvania are still under discussion.

Many people are concerned about how red flag laws in Pennsylvania will affect their rights to own firearms. After all, these laws are designed with the specific goal of removing firearms from people that are thought of to be ‘dangerous’. We at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim understand why you would be concerned. We are not only experienced in representing those charged with gun-related crimes but are also familiar with gun laws. We can help you deal with any concerns you may have regarding your firearms.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced firearms attorney in Philadelphia, PA. We will explain your rights and the options available to you. We will help you fight to protect your rights and freedom.

Red Flag Laws History

Red flag laws first came into the limelight when Connecticut passed the first red flag law in 1999 following a mass shooting that took place at the Connecticut Lottery Headquarters. The law was enacted with the goal of targeting individuals that had been diagnosed with specific mental health conditions and thus preventing them from being in possession of firearms.

Red flag laws have since been enacted in several states and many others continue to discuss the possibility of including similar policies in regulating ownership of firearms. These laws are designed to identify individuals that exhibit warning signs of danger and disarm them of their weapons in order to prevent a criminal act. However, while the individual’s firearms have been seized, they may be released back into society after a short period. They are therefore still free to pursue whatever criminal acts they choose to pursue.

Red Flag Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania currently does not have red flag laws. However, there are proposals for enacting red flag laws in the state. None of these proposed laws have been passed to date. These proposals have been fielded many times in the past but have yet to be passed.

The latest four gun-control bills advanced by democrats in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives may be a turning point. The bills passed through the committee on party lines. They come after the country experienced a record high in mass killings in the first half of 2023. Gun violence was a major theme in the campaigns for mayor in Philadelphia and the city’s highest court has been asked to allow the city to impose its own gun control policies.

The proposed red flag bills are being touted by democrats as being relatively moderate for gun-control measures. Proponents point out that these laws are aimed at reducing gun trafficking, violence, accidents, and suicide. However, many argue that ‘dangerous’ individuals will still be free to commit crimes even after being disarmed.

We at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim continue to be committed to defending the rights of our clients. We stay up to date with the latest changes in legislation to ensure that we can continue to provide our clients with effective legal services. Contact us today to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable firearms attorney in Philadelphia, PA, and learn about your rights and options.

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim to Learn More About Red Flag Laws in Pennsylvania

Have you been charged with a gun-related offense? Have you had your guns taken from you? You should contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable firearms attorney in Philadelphia, PA. Our team is experienced in representing clients charged with gun-related offenses. We stay abreast with the latest changes and developments in the law. We will explain your rights and the options available to you. We will help you better understand red flag laws in Pennsylvania as well as any other laws that may be of concern. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation.

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