9 Investigates: The debate over red flag laws in North Carolina

9 Investigates: The debate over red flag laws in North Carolina

Should a judge have the ability to take guns from someone who is considered dangerous?

It is a question lawmakers in North Carolina have been debating for the last year.

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Sheriff Chris Bowman is a strong supporter of gun rights, leading the effort to turn Alexander into a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

But after a 911 call where a woman fired shots at two cell tower workers, he said he’s open to ideas about keeping guns away from someone experiencing mental health issues.

“I’ve got a lady across the street that’s been yelling and raising hell since we’ve been here, that we’re on her property, and now there’s shots that have been fired. I’ve got two guys on the tower,” the 911 caller said.

Fortunately, neither worker was struck by the gunfire.

Susan Moose was later charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

But there isn’t a law in North Carolina that would have allowed deputies to take Moose’s weapons prior to the shooting even though there were earlier warning signs.

>> Channel 9′s Dave Faherty investigates the impact of so-called red flag laws and the debate in North Carolina, in the video at the top of this page.

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