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Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

SACRAMENTO, California (AP):

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expulsion from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental-health treatment.

In Florida, that wasn't enough for relatives, authorities, or his school to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

Only five states have laws allowing family members, guardians, or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. Supporters of the measures, deemed 'red flag laws' or gun violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides.