Research Shows Red Flag Law Working
Indiana is one of seven states with a law allowing police to seize firearms from those considered a risk to themselves or others. And new research shows that these so-called “red-flag” laws are working to help prevent tragedies. According to a study conducted by Aaron Kivisto, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, in the ten years following enactment of Indiana’s risk-based firearm seizure law, firearm suicides decreased 7-point-5 percent. The study also looked at Connecticut, the first state to pass such a law, and found a 1-point-6 percent reduction in firearm suicides immediately after its passage in 1999. But Kivisto says rates then fell 13-point-7 percent following the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, when Connecticut increased enforcement of the law.
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