GOA warns about GOP backing 'gun confiscation laws'

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

SWAT teamA pro-Second Amendment organization claims that controversial state laws, which are gaining support, amount to Nazi-era gun confiscation of gun owners. 

Mike Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, says many states are considering "red flag laws" or "extreme violence protective orders," which allow the courts to take away firearms from a violent, or potentially violent, person on the court orders of a judge. 

But the laws are better described as "gun confiscation orders," says Hammond and GOA, which allege the courts take away a person's firearms, and hence their 2nd Amendment right, without a court hearing.

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, voiced support for such a law among other new gun regulations after a gunman attacked and killed 17 high school students in Parkland, Florida.

The "Violent Threat Restraining Order" in Florida permits a court to "prohibit a violent or mentally ill person from purchasing or possessing a firearm when either a family member, community welfare expert or law enforcement officer" if a court hears evidence of a threat of violence, CNN reported.

According to Hammond, however, a person can be stripped of a constitutional right without a hearing to fight the claims made against them.

In fact, a Snopes article about an Oregon law admitted that gun owners in that state learn about the court order only when law enforcement authorities arrive to carry it out.

The law allows an appeal if it's filed within 30 days, but the judge doesn't have to hear testimony or evidence from the gun owner to issue the confiscation, Snopes reported.  

judge banging gavel"And further more," Hammond adds, "once you're stripped of your constitutional rights in a star chamber proceeding, in which you have no right to participate, the first time you learn about it is when a SWAT team arrives at your house to ransack your home, look for all of your guns, and if you resist, to arrest or even shoot you and your relatives."

Hammond adds that GOA is frustrated that some conservatives and the influential National Rifle Association have publicly stated support for the controversial laws.

A USA Today story reported in March that the NRA, under pressure after Parkland, is back-tracking on the confiscation laws after fighting them in 17 states, including a Utah law last month that was defeated. 

"So now state legislators, who think if NRA says fascism is okay then they can vote for it," says Hammond, "are now running to introduce these gun confiscation orders as supposedly the pro-gun alternative to gun control."

Gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, he adds, should urge their state legislators to oppose gun confiscation laws.

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