July 4 parade shooting suspect slipped past Illinois “red flag” safeguards

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By Brendan O’Brien and Steve Gorman HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Reuters) – The man charged with killing seven people at a Chicago-area July Fourth parade slipped past the safeguards of an Illinois “red flag” law designed to prevent people deemed to have violent tendencies from getting guns, officials revealed on Tuesday. The disclosures raised questions about the adequacy of the state’s “red flag” laws even as a prosecutor lauded the system as “strong” during a news conference announcing seven first-degree murder charges against the 21-year-old suspect, Robert, E. Crimo III. Sergeant Chris Covelli of…

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