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Fox News: Support for red flag laws turns to opposition when voters told about how they work

John Lott - Crime Prevention Research Center | Published on 2/1/2023
The study’s author suggests ‘really biased’ framing of poll questions greatly skews support for red flag laws.

A new study shows that the attitude of Americans toward red flag laws, where guns are taken away from citizens by a judge who determines they are a danger to themselves or others, dramatically changes from support to opposition when more detail is provided in the poll question about the process of gun confiscation via the legal process.

The recently released study of 1,000 likely voters conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center initially showed that 58% of people support red flag laws when told the “primary purpose is to allow judges to take away a person’s gun based on a single complaint when there is a concern about that individual committing suicide.”