Michael Hammond, the legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, made an update to GOA members informing them about a new gun grab that Congress is trying to ram through while everyone’s attention is focused on the Wuhan virus.
In his report, Hammond asserted that a number of House “pro-gun” Republicans voted for a large defense bill which contained a “red flag” gun confiscation provision specifically tailored to military members.
Aidan Johnston, GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs, highlighted this congressional farce in an article for the Houston Courant.
The Gun Confiscation Orders (GCOs) passed in the House only apply to people subject to the United States Code of Military Justice. However, these orders would be worse in many regards when compared to “red flag” GCO programs being pushed in state legislatures.
Hammond pointed out that the essentials are the same: “a gun owner can be stripped of his or her Second Amendment-protected rights in an ex parte proceeding by an unsubstantiated allegation from a hostile relative who dislikes him or her. Experience shows that the confiscation normally occurs in a surprise raid on the gun owner’s home in the middle of the night.”
At the moment, the GCO is part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Hammond called attention to several differences between state red flag orders and the provision that just passed the House:
“Unlike the boilerplate GCOs drafted by gun control groups and passed in 19 states, the House-passed NDAA bill allows the president—presumably, in their opinion, President Joe Biden—to write all of the particulars.”
Hammond declared that “House Republicans were caught sleeping.” Although Trump has threatened to veto the bill, a number of Republicans teamed up with Democrats to pass gun confiscation, with a veto-proof majority to boot.
This illustrates the bipartisan nature of the gun control status quo in Washington D.C.
The only way gun owners can break this cycle is by using the primaries to punish bad incumbent Republicans and getting more principled Second Amendment defenders elected to Congress.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes Red Flag Gun Confiscation Order
On August 7, 2020, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a “red flag” law proposal.
This bill would have allegedly facilitated the temporary confiscation of firearms without due process for people who are perceived to be a risk to themselves or other individuals.
Sununu cited constitutional concerns for his veto. The New Hampshire Governor’s veto of the red flag bill was a microcosm of a tense session of the New Hampshire General Court.
Democrats were able to pass House Bill 687, which would have established a red flag law. Under this law, family members could file a petition to a court to disarm an individual who is viewed as a threat to themselves or others. A complete affront to due process, the gun owner would only then be allowed to fight the action in court.
Second Amendment supporters have adamantly opposed this kind of legislation. They are of the opinion that it infringes on the right to bear arms and the right to a fair trial. Sununu was in agreement, and in his veto message he stated that the bill “goes too far and would weaken the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens,” while he mentioned how the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution would be in jeopardy if this bill was passed.
“I will continue to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health as there is much work yet to be done in New Hampshire, but that work cannot come at the expense of the constitutional rights of our citizens,” Sununu wrote.
New Hampshire is one of the more pro-gun states in the country, with a ranking of 17th place according to Guns & Ammo’s Best States for Gun Owners rankings.
For once, a Republican Governor stood up against the anti-gun mob and rejected a blatantly anti-Second Amendment bill. More Republicans should follow suit by categorically rejecting the pet projects of the radical Left.
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