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Judicial Gun Confiscation Passes In Another State

Judicial Gun Confiscation Passes In Another State

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A bill that would give judges the power to order gun confiscation without due process has passed Oregon’s legislature and is expected to be signed by the governor.

The state House on July 6 narrowly approved Senate Bill (SB) 719, which would allow judges to issue “extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs)” if a police officer, family member or household member convinced the judge that a gun owner was a risk to himself/herself or others.

All House Republicans, along with three Democrats, opposed the bill. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action also opposed it.

“This ex parte order, which strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights, would be issued by a judge based on the brief statement of the petitioner,” the organization wrote on its website. “The accused would not be afforded the chance to appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations when the ERPO is issued.”

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Once the order was issued, law enforcement would have the power to order a person to hand over his or her guns. If the guns were not turned over within 24 hours, officers or deputies would have the power to seize the weapons. No examination or even a statement from a doctor or mental health professional would be required. Even law-abiding citizens with no criminal record could be subject to an ERPO.

“These orders may be issued without any allegations of criminal behavior,” the NRA-ILA noted.

Gun owners could get their guns back upon appeal or if the order expires.

Paul Phillips, president of Oregon Gun Owners, said gun confiscations will be “based on hearsay evidence alone.”

“The firearm owner is not privy to a fair trial,” he said, according to Reason.com.

The bill was introduced by State Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), The Oregonian reported. Boquist thinks the bill would prevent tragedies like his stepson’s suicide.

The fate of SB-179 is now in the hands of Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat.

Several states now have laws similar to SB-179 on the books. They include California, which also allows judges to strip citizens of Second Amendment rights if mental illness is alleged.

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3 comments

  1. Citizensfirstgovernmentlast

    Can’t take what they can’t find!

  2. I am pro-gun…but cases like this make me curious how the 2nd Amendment was viewed in instances like when Wild Bill Hickok was the Sheriff of Abilene, Texas and came and asked for John Wesley Hardin’s guns while he was in town…as well as other cowboys.

  3. Our Framers were all for an armed American People – they understood that arms are our ultimate defense in the event the federal government oversteps its bounds.  See, e.g., what James Madison, Father of Our Constitution, writes in the second half of Federalist Paper No. 46!  The reason the Citizens – the Militia – are armed is to defend ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, communities, and States from an overreaching, tyrannical federal government.
    Accordingly, the federal government is nowhere in the Constitution granted authority to abridge, restrict, or infringe,  in any fashion whatsoever, guns, ammunition, etc. Thus, ALL such restrictive laws made by Congress, and ALL regulations made by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco (ATF), are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers granted to Congress and to the Executive Branch by our Constitution. Restriction of arms and ammunition is NOT one of the “enumerated powers” delegated to Congress or the Executive Branch.
    Furthermore, all pretended regulations made by the ATF are also unconstitutional as in violation of Art. I, Sec. 1, U.S. Constitution, which vests ALL legislative powers granted by the Constitution in CONGRESS.   Executive agencies have no lawful authority whatsoever to make rules or regulations of general application to The People!

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