How a ‘Red Flag’ Law Failed in Indiana
A gunman killed eight people at a FedEx facility last week, despite legislation that sought to prevent people like him from acquiring weapons. What went wrong?,
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Last spring, Brandon Hole’s mother alerted the police in Indiana about her son’s behavior. He had just bought a gun and was threatening suicide.
In response, the police invoked the state’s “red flag” law, which allows for the seizure of a firearm from a person deemed a risk to themselves or others.
But over the summer, Mr. Hole was able to legally purchase two semiautomatic weapons. And last week, he opened fire on a FedEx facility, killing eight people and then himself.
Why did the law fail?
On today’s episode
Campbell Robertson, a national correspondent for The New York Times.
Red flag laws are supposed to keep guns away from people who should not have them. That did not happen with Mr. Hole.
Citing shortcomings of the state’s red flag law, the senior county prosecutor in Indianapolis explained why he did not seek a ruling last year that would have barred Mr. Hole from possessing guns.
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Campbell Robertson contributed reporting.
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