By: Teresa Mull
Nancy Pelosi is trying to get federal gun control passed by sneaking it into the national defense budget.
The National Association for Gun Rights sent an email to supporters, warning:
In a heinous political move to sneak her anti-gun agenda into law, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats just hijacked a crucial military funding bill.
I’m talking about H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA) for fiscal year 2021.1
Predictably, Pelosi and her comrades completely bastardized this bill, which is intended to give our Armed Forces the resources they need to defend our great nation.
That’s right, Patriot, the House version of the NDAA contains “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation, targeted at none other than American Military heroes.
Gunpowder Magazine’s Ted Patterson wrote an excellent piece detailing the potential dangers of red flag laws; here are the most alarming effects of these laws:
1. Devious lawyers and family members with an ax to grind can exploit these laws to harass gun owners.
Anti-gun family members, friends, or acquaintances can invent an accusation to justify the confiscation of an otherwise law-abiding gun owner’s firearm.
In their present form, many of these laws are written so broadly that gun owners could be reported for any type of violation, ranging from off-the-cuff remarks or casual disputes.
For the most trivial of actions, you could possibly find yourself in court having to fight to preserve your Second Amendment rights.
2. Indefinite time frames for gun confiscation.
There’s no telling how long ERPOs can last—weeks, months, or even a year. Gun owners would be compelled to go to court multiple times just to win their Constitutional rights back.
3. Red flag laws have bipartisan support.
For years, misguided gun owners have believed that only Democrats are capable of pushing gun control. Boy, are they wrong. Republicans in states like Colorado, Maryland, and Pennsylvania are actively pushing red flag bills. And with Jerry Patterson’s recent comments endorsing the possibility of red flag legislation, Texas could be following suit.
Texas already has lame duck representatives like Jason Villalba – no friend to gun owners – who would use a special session to force gun control through the Texas legislature.
In Jerry Patterson’s case, his support of red flag laws is ironic considering how he was the Senate author of Texas’ Concealed Carry Law that went into effect in the mid-1990s.
It’s concerning that a former elected official who moved to reform Texas gun laws would want the Lone Star State to take a step backwards.
Republicans are under the impression that compromising for the sake of pragmatism is smart politics and will make them appear as “common sense” leaders in the public’s eyes.
This thinking could not be farther from the truth. Red flag laws are a clear violation of due process rights. No elected official who claims to be in favor of limited government can get behind red flag legislation.
The power-hungry left, having never seen a gun control bill they didn’t like, will absolutely build off of these laws.
Liberals are growing more rabidly anti-gun with each passing day. They are pulling no punches when it comes to trying to restrict your rights to self-defense. Some, like former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, are going so far as to call for the complete reversal of the Second Amendment altogether.
Remember: there’s nothing “reasonable” about red flag gun confiscation bills. Like all legislation the left dreams up, it’s just another way to invade your privacy and control what you do.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.