A former FedEx worker who shot and killed eight individuals at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis by no means appeared earlier than a choose for a listening to below Indiana’s “pink flag” regulation, even after his mom known as police final 12 months to say her son would possibly commit “suicide by cop,” a prosecutor mentioned Monday.
Authorities believed that they had achieved what they wanted to by seizing the pump-action shotgun from Brandon Scott Gap in March 2020, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears mentioned.
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“Completely there must be some intervention and completely the firearm must be taken away. … However the danger is that if we transfer ahead with that (pink flag) course of and lose, we’ve to provide that firearm again to that individual,” Mears mentioned. “That’s not one thing we have been keen to do.”
The shotgun was by no means returned to Gap, police have mentioned.
Mears added, “I feel this case illustrates the constraints” of the regulation.
Indianapolis police mentioned Saturday that Gap, 19, legally purchased what they described as assault rifles he utilized in Thursday’s assault. The police didn’t reveal the place he purchased them, citing the continued investigation.
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In 2005, Indiana was one of many first states to enact a “pink flag” regulation after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a person whose weapons have been returned to him regardless of his hospitalization months earlier for an emergency psychological well being analysis.
The laws permits police or courts to grab weapons from individuals who present warning indicators of violence. It’s supposed to stop individuals from buying or possessing a firearm if they’re discovered by a choose to current “an imminent danger” to themselves or others.
Authorities have two weeks after seizing somebody’s weapon to argue in court docket that the individual shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun.