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Days after three separate suicides in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut left these communities, the Senate has done something rare for a GOP-led chamber: Weapons Control Hearings. At the previously scheduled hearing, the entire Senate Judiciary Committee will bring to Capitol Hill on Tuesday experts with extreme risk control orders commonly referred to as "Red Flag Flags".
These laws allow law enforcement agencies and, in some states, relatives and other interested parties, to request judges to temporarily restrict the access of individuals who may cause harm to themselves or others.
Proponents of the laws say they can save lives by removing people they should not. Some states have applied the laws to successfully protect people from suicide, at least one study shows.
Opponents of such laws say they violate the second amendment and do nothing to prevent the underlying issues that cause the threat. Tuesday's Senate hearing will focus on guidelines that a handful of states have used to implement flag laws. This has been signaled by Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that he will support at federal level.
Graham told CNN earlier this month that he saw Red Flag measures as "prevention," adding that he and "President Trump" "definitely" talked about it.
Last year Graham, along with Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Began to work on the legislation, but their efforts never became a law.
Since the deadly shootings in Parkland, Florida, last year, eight states have passed their own extreme risk laws. In total, 14 states have them in the books. Colorado, where the bill is backed by a legislator who lost his son while filming Aurora 2012, seems on the verge of getting past one of his own.
The hearing comes at a time when renewal could be national interest in red flag laws. In the past few days, two survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School have died from alleged suicide.
On Monday, Jeremy Richman, whose daughter was shot dead in 2012 shooting Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was found dead in a seemingly suicide.
Ever since the Democrats took control of the US House, they have sought to make gun control an important platform in their government agenda.
At the beginning of the 2019 Congress, a two-party group led by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Reintroduced a bill, which was first published in the weeks following the Parkland shoot.
The supposedly Parkland gunman, a former student who had been treated for mental health, legally bought the firearm with which he was attacked.
Last month, the democrat-led House approved two bills designed to expand the federal control system. The bills face great odds that are approved in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Activists, led by the pro-gun March For Our Lives control group, plan to hold demonstrations on Capitol Hill all Tuesday to urge Senate lawmakers to take the Background Check Expansion Act.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Has introduced 41 co-sponsors. None of them are Republicans.
If you or anyone you know may consider suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628 Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by sending HOME to 741741.