Plan to boost 'red flag' gun laws gains momentum in Congress

Mourners bring flowers to a makeshift memorial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, for the slain and injured in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, in Dayton. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are expressing support for a federal "red flag" law that could take guns away from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others following a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Republican U.S. Reps. Chris Stewart and John Curtis have voiced support for the law in response to the weekend shootings that killed more than 30 people.

Several states have enacted similar legislation, but the idea has failed twice in Utah. Republican state Rep. Stephen Handy says he plans to introduce it again.

A bipartisan proposal encouraging states to adopt red flag laws is gaining momentum in Congress following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

President Donald Trump signaled his support in a White House speech on Monday.

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