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New York’s ‘red flag law’ drawing mixed reviews

Stepping in before it’s too late. That’s the goal of New York’s red flag law.

With the law now in effect, gun control advocates like Sarah Dumrese say the law could prevent future mass shootings.

“Over 50% of mass shooters display warning signs well before any event,” Dumrese said.

The law, which is currently in effect 16 other states, allows law enforcement to temporarily take weapons from a person who may be a danger to themselves or other people.

It’s something Dumrese’s organization, Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, had been pushing for in the state for years.

She says the law is not a punishment, but a way to give family and friends the ability to possibly prevent a tragedy.

“The point of sale, when the background check is issued, those aren’t necessarily the circumstances in a person’s life going forward,” Dumrese said.

But not everyone sees it the same way.

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