Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he will propose bipartisan legislation in direct response to a pair of shooting incidents over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
According to Politico, Graham is looking to expand “red flag” laws into states which do not currently have a system in place.
“The South Carolina Republican’s announcement came soon after President Donald Trump also called for such laws, which allow police and family members to request that a court temporarily restrict the access to firearms of people who may pose an imminent threat to themselves or others,” Politico reports.
“I spoke with the President this morning about this proposal and he seems very supportive,” Graham said in a statement. “Many of these shootings involved individuals who showed signs of violent behavior that are either ignored or not followed up. State Red Flag laws will provide the tools for law enforcement to do something about many of these situations before it’s too late.”
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Graham is not the only Republican looking to introduce a new bill aimed at helping prevent mass shootings, per the report, as Republican Senator Pat Toomey is also looking to introduce a bill to expand background checks.
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Graham said he would soon introduce a bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would create a federal grant program to help law enforcement work with mental health professionals to take action when needed, while ensuring “robust due process and judicial review.”
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a hearing earlier this year on red flag laws, which have been adopted by several states and the District of Columbia.