Washington, D.C – At 10 AM today, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham will hold a hearing on Red Flag Gun Seizure (S. 7) in the Senate Judiciary Committee of which he is chairman.
This bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, is top priority of Michael Bloomberg and the radicals over at Moms Demand Action.
Countless red-shirt radicals are expected in attendance for this hearing.
While supporters of this bill claim it is to get “guns out of the hands of bad people”, it is really just another way to chip away at our Second Amendment rights.
This bill is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
In a nutshell, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation allows someone to make a claim that a gun owner is a threat to themselves or someone else and allows a judge order the firearms to be seized pending a future hearing.
Some gun owners may be tempted to shrug and say, ‘Well, I don’t want a crazy person carrying guns…so maybe we should support this.
But that is the wrong approach, for numerous reasons.
The concept of innocent until proven guilty is sacrosanct in the American jurisprudence system.
Americans are simply not allowed to be convicted and stripped of constitutional rights and freedoms without being convicted in a court of law, where their due-process rights can be protected.
But this standard of due process is completely upended via ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation, in that these seizure orders are being issued BEFORE a gun owner has been convicted of anything!
More than that, your guns can be seized before you have even been indicted or even charged with any criminal wrong doing!
Gun owners should be especially concerned about the fact that every single version of this legislation that has been drafted allows for the petitioner to make their allegation via ex-parte hearings.
In other words, the hearing will take place without the gun owner even being present or able to make a defense for himself.
More specifically, you would not even know that a hearing is under way until law enforcement officials arrive at your door to announce they are there to seize your firearms!
This is the go-to bill for both Republicans and Democrats, looking to capitalize on the death of innocent children from the Parkland shooting in their quest to advance gun control legislation.
Also known as extreme risk protection orders, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation has already been passed into law in Florida and Maryland just this year — and has already been on the books in Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
Red Flag laws is just another excuse for government bureaucrats to get to decide who has a firearm and who does not. And perhaps worst of all, the bill has the approval of the National Rifle Association itself!
In a recent video released by the NRA’s Chris Cox, he says they are in full support of ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation provided that they do away with the ex-parte provision. In other words, as long as you are able to stand in court and face your accusers, they are in agreement with this legislation!
And while that’s a small step in the right direction, the biggest threat facing gun owners through these ‘Red Flag Gun Seizures’ is the fact that you could lose your gun rights before you’ve been ARRESTED, CHARGED, OR CONVICTED OF A CRIME!