Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he has concerns about “red flag” gun laws that would give judges authority to temporarily remove a person’s guns if they are considered dangerous to themselves or others.
Speaking to a group of reporters in his Atlanta office during a wide-ranging interview, he said he could not comment on any specifics until a bill has been drafted.
“Let me take a look at it when we get some language we can look at,” he said. “To say that I'm for ‘red flag’ would be an overstatement, because of the concern I've already got about due process.”
Perdue said that Congress needs to make passing common-sense gun legislation a priority and should not be a partisan conversation, but rather a policy conversation.
“Unfortunately, in Washington, you see things like this turn into partisan politics, where one side or the other uses it to pander to their base,” he said. “And that’s unfortunate, because that keeps us from making progress.”
Another thing he said is that there is only so much one bill or even a series of bills can do to solve the problem of gun violence without a change in society.
“Yes, we need to continue to work on legislation,” he said. “But for the rest of America to sit back and say, ‘Well, the politicians are going to solve this,’ that hasn't happened in 50 years and I don't think it's going to happen now.”
There are some examples of Democrats and Republicans coming together to support reforms, Perdue said, like the ban on bump stocks that took effect this March, initiated by the Trump administration following the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead.