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State legislators examine "Red Flag Laws" to curb gun violence

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

Two Arkansas state legislators are looking for ways to help curb gun violence.

According to NBC affiliate KARK, Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, and Sen. Will Bond, D-Little Rock, asked for input from police, prosecutors, advocacy groups and other members of the community on their version of a "red flag" law, also known as "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" legislation.

The proposed legislation would allow family members, friends and police to seek a temporary restraining order from judges on gun owners if they appear to be a threat to themselves or others.

In light of the Parkland, FL school shooting, the White House administration is encouraging other states to look at Connecticut, which has had a red flag law on the books since 1999.

"While this could hopefully prevent a tragedy like we saw in Parkland, Florida, I think it's actually going to have a bigger impact on reducing suicides in Arkansas," Leding said.

Arkansas leads the south and much of the country in suicide rates.

The proposed legislation is not without some opposition, with the NRA and ACLU both voicing their displeasure with the legislation.

Click HERE to read the about groups that might oppose the legislation.

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