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Seeing Red: Risk Based Gun Regulation
February 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Law & Psychology Review has scheduled a one-day symposium on February 21 at the Law School that will examine the recent trend of state-enacted “red flag” laws.
The symposium, Seeing Red: Risk-based Gun Regulation, will address many of the most prominent issues and concerns with red-flag legislation, including constitutional and due process concerns, the importance of language when discussing mental health and red flags, the success and efficacy of red-flag laws, the differences among reporting standards in different states, and current proposed red-flag legislation in Alabama.
Presently, seventeen states and the District of Columbia have adopted some form of law allowing the courts to issue protection orders which permit law enforcement officers to temporarily confiscate firearms or otherwise limit firearm ownership and access by persons deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Many other state legislatures are currently considering similar bills. The rapid growth of this area of law has created a unique and pressing set of constitutional, procedural, and psychological questions to which judges, attorneys, and law enforcement alike need answers.
- Joseph Blocher, Lanty L. Smith ’67 Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, Duke University School of Law
- Rep. Merika Coleman, Assistant Minority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Dean Brannon Denning, Associate Dean and Starnes Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law
- David B. Kopel, Author, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and Adjunct Professor at Denver University, Sturm College of Law
- Matthew Larosiere, Director of Legal Policy, Firearms Policy Coalition
- Chana Sacks, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Jeffery Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
- Fredrick Vars, the Ira Drayton Pruitt, Sr. Professor of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law
- Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Executive Partner, Director of Mental Health Law practice, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP