Legislature looks to bolster the “Red Flag” law in New York State

In legislations attempt to bolster New York’s “Red Flag” law, mental health facilities would need to gather and provide information on how to seek protection orders for people who are discharged or put on conditional release under a bill that was given approval on Tuesday.

The measure will help boost the “Red Flag” law, which was approved in 2019 and meant to stop people who are thought to be too dangerous from owning and possessing firearms.

Similar measures have been approved in other states to help diminish the occurrence of mass shootings and domestic incidents.

Lawmakers point to a Westchester County case as an example, where Treva Fosses Thoms was able to purchase a gun and take her own life after being discharged from a mental health facility.

This measure was apart of a bigger package of gun control measures and will now go to the governor.

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