Lupe Valdez backs ‘red flag’ law to take guns out of dangerous hands


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, said Friday she supports changing state law to allow for “red flag” protective orders, in which a judge can temporarily take guns away from individuals deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others.

In unveiling his strategy for reducing gun violence in schools on Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott encouraged House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick “to issue an interim charge to consider the merits of adopting a red flag law allowing law enforcement, a family member, school employee or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a dangerous person only after legal due process is provided.”

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