New California Study Shows 'Red Flag' Laws May Help Stop Mass Shootings Across the Country

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On Monday, a team of researchers from the country’s first state-funded gun violence research center at University of California Davis School of Medicine, released the first research into its effects. The paper includes 21 cases in which the state’s law was used to help prevent potential mass shootings. 

Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, the lead author of the study and champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea, tells TIME that while it’s impossible to know whether or not any of the suspects actually planned to follow through with a mass shooting, the cases detailed in his study illustrate how the orders could help to reduce the risk of violence in other states. 

Via Time