A Massachusetts 85-year old Korean War veteran and school crossing guard has gotten his job back after being fired in the wake of a ‘red flag’ gun confiscation.
Stephen Nichols was rehired this week as a school crossing guard for the Tisbury School after a wave of backlash followed his firing by Tisbury Police Department. Nichols was fired after a waitress overheard a conversation he had in regards to his concerns for school safety. Nichols wasn’t pleased with a designated school resource officer who was known to take coffee breaks at a local convenience store when children were arriving at school.
The conversation was apparently interpreted as a threat, and Nichols became the victim of a ‘red flag’ gun seizure by the Tisbury Police Department. He was fired on-the-job and escorted home where police seized his legally-owned firearms and Massachusetts license to carry without providing any documentation to the senior citizen.
Nichols has 11 grandchildren and has passionately asserted that he would “never, ever” hurt a child.
The sham process Nichols was subjected to was initially reported on by the Martha’s Vineyard Times and Big League Politics. After area community members responded with outrage, it appears that the police department’s firing of Nichols was overruled.
It’s more unclear if Nichols is going to get his guns back. The law firm representing him claims to have received several offers to cover Nichols’ costs in a appeal to overrule the seemingly arbitrary and draconian red flag gun seizure enacted on a patriotic senior citizen on the basis of mere hearsay.
Tisbury Police continue to decline comment on their actions in Nichols’ case.
In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors
Violation of privacy.
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.
“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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