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PolitiFact Gets Ripped a New One for Downplaying the Threat of Red Flag Laws

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The use of red flag laws when it comes to firearms has been brought back to the forefront of the national conversation in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. Both shooters had histories of law enforcement being known to them for disturbing or criminal acts, though the Buffalo shooter was able to avoid New York red flag laws. 

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Criticisms of such laws is that it is ripe for abuse since due process goes to the wayside and language of laws can often be too broad. PolitiFact attempted to debunk gun owners concerns about red flag laws by claiming it is "misinformation" to say the laws circumvent due process.

"Another false claim is that the laws allow people with a grudge, such as an ex-spouse, to take guns away," the outlet added.

It did not take long for the useless fact checking organization to be called out for spreading misinformation about red flag laws. There was the case of Susan Homles, who was recently convicted of perjury and attempting to influence a public servant by filing a false red flag complaint against a Colorado State University police officer, according to CBS Denver. The officer shot and killed Homles' son when he was going to attempt to kill his brother and sister-in-law on CSU's campus. On the petition, Homles checked a box saying she is a family member or household member of the officer.

Even the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has voiced concern about the state's red flag law when it come to a person's due process. 

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