In states all over the country, red and blue, led by both Republicans and Democrats and supported by voters of both parties, we have seen the proliferation of so-called “Red Flag” laws (RFL). What are these laws exactly?
RFL allow the advance confiscation of firearms from a person’s property based on little more (or in some cases, nothing more) than someone, ANYONE, reporting to “authorities” that the person may have said, done or otherwise indicated at some point in time that they might be a danger to themselves or someone else at some point in time in the future. The law enforcement is able to obtain an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) and forcibly confiscate all firearms from that person.
Due process comes later. That’s the problem with the laws. You can have your guns taken away and be forced to undertake a lengthy and costly legal journey in order to get them back, all because someone accused you of being dangerous. They don’t have to have hard proof. They just need the “authorities” to believe them enough to do it.
Obviously the legal process of getting your guns back is the punishment in itself. That’s the whole point.
I’ve had voters from both parties (since apparently we’ve only got two parties to “choose” from) tell me that they support these laws. I had my Republican Congressman tell me to my face that he supports them. Obviously the Democrats do.
If you’re reading this website or have ever been to my blog you’re probably the kind of person who is well aware of the general concern in right wing circles of an eventual widespread, door-to-door firearm confiscation. Many of you will refer to that as a “SHTF event”. The ideas of how or when that will take place vary widely from tongue to tongue but for all intents and purposes, it’s assumed that the Feds would love it if one day they were able to achieve Feinstein’s plan to have “Mr. and Mrs. America turn ‘em all in”, or Hillary’s implementation of “Australian-style gun control”.
With that understood by most of the readers here, I’m sure you can all see how these RFL may eventually become the confiscation we’ve been warned about all along. RFL allow the state to use almost any reason they desire to go to your home, enter it and take your firearms away from you. All they have to do is justify it to themselves.
Make an angry, politically-charged Facebook post? A RFL can be used to confiscate your guns. It has happened.
Make a Twitter post that “authorities” interpret as being Islamophohic? A RFL can be used to confiscate your guns. It has happened.
You get in an argument with your woman and piss her off? A RFL can be used to confiscate your guns. It has happened.
Spare me the talking points on the legal limits of RFL at the present time. All they needed to do for now is get the laws into place. Rest assured they will be administratively and bureaucratically tweaked and adjusted so that it gets EASIER for the boys wearing the Oakleys to kick your door in, and those bureaucratic and administrative tweaks will make it harder and more expensive for you to get your guns back. Assuming that you ever get them back at all.
RFL are the tool that willll be used to get guns away from anyone and everyone that those in charge don’t want to have them.
All the talk that’s been had in your group about being quiet about your guns… Put that into action now. Ditch the NRA stickers, stop the good old boys gun discussions down at the local watering hole, remove the vanity pics from Facebook (why do you still have FB?). No one needs to know about your guns if they don’t live in your house. It won’t be easy to change those habits, but it’s time now. The legal framework for taking your guns away simply for being a wrong-thinker is in place. The local Kommissar has his eyes open and the police will follow their orders to knock on your door when they get the order.