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New Bill Would Add Checkpoint For Gun Owners

Posted at 5:47 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 07:20:50-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– A survivor of a Cincinnati mass shooting is desperately fighting for a new law that would add a checkpoint for gun-owners.

The “Red Flag Bill” was brought to the floor in Frankfort on Friday by Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey of Louisville.

This bill is an extreme risk protection order that allows guns to be taken away from someone deemed potentially dangerous.

The president endorsed extreme risk protection orders and now here in Kentucky, it’s up for debate.

13 states already have an extreme risk protection order law–eight of those states joined the list since the Parkland shooting just more than a year ago.

In addition, there’s also evidence in some states that these laws have prevented suicides.

Whitney Austin could have easily been the 4th victim of the fatal Fifth-Third Bank rampage in Cincinnati last year and is now fighting for a change in the Commonwealth.

“I was shot 12 times and i’ll never forget that feeling I had when I was stuck in the revolving door,” said Whiteny Austin. “Thinking I’ve been involved in a mass shooting and I’ve done nothing, absolutely nothing to prevent it. I almost felt in a way I was deserving of being involved in that mass shooting.”

Now although Austin does not believe her gunman would have been flagged, she says there were warning signs for the Jeffersonton Kroger gunman last year that might have been “red flagged.”