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Military Veteran in Florida Has Firearms Seized Under Red Flag Laws After a Case of Mistaken Identity

Red flag laws are unconstitutional.

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A military veteran had his firearms permit revoked and his weapons seized recently after cops mistook his identity for a man who was flagged under a risk protection order in Florida.

Jon Carpenter, a military veteran, had his rights revoked under what is commonly called red flag laws because he shared a name with a man who the courts determined was a threat. Carpenter noted that he had nothing else in common with the drifter who shared his name that allegedly made a threat to an elderly couple, which got him red flagged.

“He’s 110 pounds. I’m 200. He has brown eyes. I have hazel. He has black hair. I have no hair,” Carpenter said.

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Carpenter was shocked when he was sent a letter from his state that informed him his firearms license had been suspended. Subsequently, he was reported for elder abuse and ordered to surrender his lawfully-possessed firearms.

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Carpenter thought that the problem would soon be remedied based on the contents of his letter.

“The state basically said, If it’s not you, go to the courthouse. They’ll give you a letter and they’ll get you reinstated,” said Carpenter.

However, it did not turn out that way for Carpenter. Because of this mistake, he found out first hand about the cruelty of red flag laws and how they are de-facto gun confiscation.

“Then, he finally comes out, and he’s like you basically have to go to court on the 27th, in two weeks. So I said, ‘I’m guilty until I prove myself innocent? That’s why I’m here, trying to show its not me.’ And he’s like, ‘Since you‘re here, you’ve been served. Here’s your restraining order,’” Carpenter said of what he was subjected to under red flag tyranny.

When Carpenter talked to his sheriff’s office, they helped him to get the injunction dismissed and talked to the state so he could get his firearms license back. He learned that this was going to take awhile. While they revoked his rights in a flash, it was much more difficult for him to get them restored.

He said: “They said they process it in the order it was received and it takes 6-8 weeks. I was like, ‘So you can suspend it in one day, instantly, but for somebody else’s mistake, I’ve got to wait 6-8 weeks?’”

Ultimately, Carpenter was able to get the situation straightened out in less time than that due to his persistence, but he believes his story should be used to point out the folly of red flag laws.

Democrats are gung ho about red flag laws, and they are even joined by some Republicans in their gun control efforts. Even President Trump has expressed some vocal support for the idea, while RINOs like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) keep cheerleading for them despite their complete and utter lack of constitutionality.

“Without red flag laws you cannot remove guns from someone unless you adjudicate them incompetent or until they commit a crime and can’t pass a background check and red flag laws help us get ahead of it,” said U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

“You have to go to court. This is not just willy-nilly. A lot of people are concerned about that. There is due process. There is strong due process,” he added.

However, Carpenter’s case proves that Rubio is not telling the truth, and there is no due process that comes before an individual’s constitutional rights are revoked. Red flag laws are an affront to the 2nd Amendment and all the Founding Fathers fought a revolution to establish.

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In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors

Violation of privacy.

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The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is cracking down on a pro-Second Amendment organization by forcing it to reveal its donors. This move was spurred by a campaign that Wyoming Gun Owners launched last summer in which it attacked a number of incumbent elected officials in races across the state.

In a letter that the office published on October 14, 2020 Wyoming Gun Owners allegedly did follow the state’s campaign finance law.

The organization pulled off a number victories by unseating incumbent lawmakers last summer and has released advertisement targeting various candidates in the elections on November 3, which includes Riverton Republican Ember Oakley and Democrat Britney Wallesch.

The pro-Second Amendment organization has been around Wyoming politics for some time and publicly disclosed that it is paying for advertisements. However, its lack of registry with the state as either a lobbying organization or a political action committee runs afoul of state guidelines.

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“The Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the advertisements paid for by WYGO and determined that they are clearly electioneering communications,” the letter stated. “As such, WYGO failed to comply with the requirements set forth in Wyo. Stat. § 22-25-106(h).”

It wasn’t until a few months ago that the group’s activities have not been reported within the state government. The Wyoming government cannot initiate the investigation on electioneering activity allegations unless someone files a formal complaint.

An initial complaint was first reported by the Riverton Ranger newspaper earlier this month. It did not gather any further steam because it was lacking in evidence to support the allegations. Subsequently, a second complaint with proper documentation was filed with the state not too long after, which prompted the Secretary of State to take action.

Wyoming Gun Owners now has until November 4 to disclose the names of its donors or be slapped with a $500 fine.

If the group refuses to follow the state’s order, the case will then be kicked to the Wyoming Attorney General, according to secretary of state spokesperson Monique Meese.

“Then we take their advice about what to do going forward,” she stated.

State Senator Anthony Bouchard founded Wyoming Gun Owners almost a decade ago. Nowadays, it is run by various members of the Dorr Family, who operate a network of pro-gun organizations pushing for pro-Second Amendment policies.

Aaron Dorr, Wyoming Gun Owners’ executive director, has had public disputes with elected officials such as Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill, who has repeatedly criticized the organization’s tactics during the 2020 election cycle.

The pro-gun organization bolstered its reputation by killing a firearm reporting bill in 2019 sponsored by former Campbell County Sheriff and current State Representative Bill Pownall.  Wyoming Gun Owners ran ads supporting Bill Fortner, Pownall’s opponent. Throughout these ad blasts, Pownall was depicted as anti-gun. Fortner ended up winning in a landslide.

Such a case shows how even Republican governments will go out of their way to prop up incumbents and infringe on the privacy rights of organizations that wish to restore freedoms such as the Second Amendment. Just because politicians have an “R”s beside their name does not guarantee that they will protect individuals’ rights.

 

 

 

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