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Santa Barbara congressman's bill to limit availability of guns to at-risk individuals may get vote

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A Santa Barbara congressman is hoping to get passage of his legislation to help limit the availability of guns to people who might pose a risk to themselves, or others.

Legislation would provide funding to encourage states to add red-flag laws; 19 states already have them.

A gun control bill by a congressman from Santa Barbara may make it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote next week.

What’s called a red-flag bill would create a grant program to help states create programs allowing the temporary removal of firearms from someone who may pose a danger to themselves, or others. It would also limit firearm sales to identified at-risk individuals.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal has been unsuccessfully pushing for a bill of this type since 2017. The thought is the latest shooting in Texas may improve its chance of passage this time.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is sponsoring a companion Senate version of the legislation. California is one of 19 states which already have a version of the red-flag legislation in place at the state level.