Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Rep. Brooks Says It's Time To Pass Federal Red Flag Laws, Expanded Background Checks

Aug 16, 2019
In The News

INDIANAPOLIS -- "Red flag laws have been extremely effective in Indiana." The words of Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks. 

She is back in Indiana talking with constituents about the gun debate that is front and center in Washington. Brooks has re-introduced the Jake Laird law in Congress, which is essentially the same law that has been on the books as a "red flag law" since 2005. 

"I introduced the Jake Laird law in the last Congress with Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents Parkland, Florida," Brooks told WISH-TV. We've reintroduced it this year. It's my hope that the country and Congress are able to come together and pass some version of a red flag law."  

She also says background checks need to be expanded to include gun show sales. A bill addressing that very thing is sitting in waiting in the Senate after being passed by the House months ago.

"It is time we expand background checks at gun shows," Brooks said. "We have a lot of people with mental illness and serious problems in this country. We need to make sure to get the guns out of the hands of those people. This is not about taking guns from law abiding citizens."

Brooks is not seeking re-election in 2020.

She said the Jake Laird Law has worked in solving this issue since it was passed by the state legislature. IMPD Officer Jake Laird was shot and killed on the job while responding to an incident in which a mentally ill man has shot someone with a rifle. Kenneth Anderson shot Laird in the chest.

Anderson was then shot and killed by other officers. Later, investigators found several other guns he owned and had bought legally. Anderson's family said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.