President Trump aide Kellyanne Conway claimed on Wednesday that the president created the concept of red flag laws – which are already in place in 17 states and Washington D.C., reports Mediaite.
“First of all, it is the president two days ago in his address to the nation if not the world that he introduced the idea of the red flags,” Conway told Fox News hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith.
“And that is the red flag legislation, of course, would help in an emergency situation to keep guns, firearms out of hands of violent criminals,” she added.
Many of the red flag laws were passed in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reports Mediaite, and notes that Connecticut introduced a red flag law in 1999.
“Some of these red flag laws are already in place,” Hemmer fact-checked Conway. “17 states and Washington D.C.”
Conway agreed with Hemmer and added Trump “is calling on the federal legislature to take the best practices from the states and put it into federal legislation.”
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