Now that there is a Red Flag law that will soon be signed by Biden, there are some realities that must be faced. Think about what the left has been doing and saying for the past two years: anyone who disagrees with Fauci is crazy, anyone who argues with a leftist is a fascist, and other arguments intended to make you an unperson. How easy has it been to get banned from social media? That same moron that complained about the meme you posted on Facebook now has the ability to send an armed SWAT team to your house to have you killed. SWATting on steroids.
Of course Red Flag laws will be abused. Divorce attorneys salivating at this idea.
Those attempts at destroying your First Amendment rights will soon be applied to your Second Amendment rights. The Disinformation Bureau will soon have a counterpart for guns, bet on it. The agents of the ATF have a collective boner at the thought of new budget money. Government informants will soon get rewards for turning you in.
I have experienced this first hand. A couple of years ago, I was made into a prohibited person, thanks to an ex-girlfriend who used allegations of domestic violence to get a domestic violence injunction from a court. It took me weeks to clear my name, thousands in legal fees, and was a real inconvenience.
The first hint that you have of this is there will be a knock at the door, and you will open it to find the cops standing there with a court order to take your guns. Now in my case, they were stupid. I handed them a couple of token firearms and the left without searching. I don’t expect cops in these future red flag cases to be so casual. So here is my suggestion:
The military has had a policy of “dispersal of forces” ever since nuclear weapons became a thing. The idea is not to put all of your forces in one spot, thereby ensuring that all of your weapons won’t get caught up in one giant fireball. We can do the same thing.
- Make sure that you cache some of your weapons and ammo in locations away from your property. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
- Bury some in the backyard. You do have some 6 inch CPVC, don’t you?
- Have others at a trusted friend’s house.
- If you get a visit from the confiscation police, don’t immediately go retrieve your cache. They will likely return, looking for you to do exactly that.
- Best if those cached weapons are “ghost guns” or guns bought on the secondary market, so there is no record of you having them.
Be paranoid, because as we have explained here on this very website, someone IS out to get you. If you DO get raided, get the word out. Make sure others know that they are taking guns. Maybe you can keep it from happening to someone else.
Beyond Thunderdome · June 14, 2022 at 2:30 pm
It will probably be different in various states and locales.
CPUSA strongholds are to be avoided, especially cities.
Incompetence and red tape are our friends in this case.
One hand doesn’t know what is going on with the other and couldn’t communicate anyway.
Recon local LEO down to those that live in your area to gauge the gun grab attitudes.
Loose lips sink ships so keep quiet about what you have and keep it put up.
Obviously joining any groups or legions are to be avoided at all costs.
B · June 15, 2022 at 8:57 am
It matters not what the ground-level LEOS think. It matters what their commanders think, and what they order the cops to do.
Cops will follow orders even when they know it is wrong.
See also: Uvalde.
Henry · June 14, 2022 at 3:01 pm
Thank you for another excellent column. David Kopel and John Lott have both studied existing red flag laws and written at some length about their shortcomings and abuses. E.g., John Lott wrote: “Looking at data from 1970 through 2017, Red Flag laws appear to have had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.”
I read a comment some time ago (and sadly lost the link) which articulated how a red flag law (which are unnecessary given existing Baker Act provisions, and are unconstitutional deprivations of due process) could be written to minimize abuse. Here’s what I copied:
1. The state has to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the person is a threat to himself or others. It must apply equally to elected officials, LEOs, military, and justice system employees. The threat must be imminent or present. Only a narrow range of people should be permitted to file an ERPO request. The risk criteria must have specificity and not be overly broad. The target must be able to defend himself against the claims within a short period of time. There must be a time limit on the ERPO and a mechanism for terminating them; upon termination or expiration the information must be removed from all background check systems. No seizure shall occur without a court hearing and formal search & seizure warrant.
2. If the state does not prove this the seized material must be returned within one hour of the ruling, undamaged, and in original condition.
3. If the state fails to prove the case with a preponderance of evidence then:
a. All of the persons’s court costs, legal costs, lost wages, and property damages to be paid by the state and all records expunged. The accused person’s CCW must be reinstated immediately.
b. The accuser is barred from making another Red Flag accusation for at least 5 years.
c. The office that brought the Red Flag charge shall pay a fine, to the accused, of not less than $10k, adjusted for inflation annually.
Get Freight · June 14, 2022 at 9:50 pm
The accuser should go to jail. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Period.
Blatantly false fabricated statements need to carry a felony conviction for attempting to strip another person’s rights.
Using “lawfare” against others should be swiftly and strongly punished. Conspire to take another’s rights. Lose yours.
Will · June 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm
I sent that language to my Representative and two Senators, not that I think it will do any good.
g · June 14, 2022 at 4:37 pm
Big, big +1 on the “stay in touch with LMIs and spread the word of any raids”. A concerted effort to grab the guns will have to start somewhere, and if enough word gets out among “us” that this is the Big Push, well that’s important info we all need to know in deciding what to do.
If they do this with a blackout on info, each of us will be the citizen trembling fearfully for the knock on the door, as mentioned in Solzhenitsyn’s passage that begins “and so we burned in the camps”
Chris · June 14, 2022 at 8:51 pm
Finaly…someone is listening.
TRX · June 14, 2022 at 11:26 pm
> Have others at a trusted friend’s house.
It works well on a reciprocal basis. We do exchanges range trips, unless there’s an urgent urge to shoot something.
Sure, there’s always the risk of a falling-out between friends, but it has worked so far.
Joe Blow · June 15, 2022 at 3:56 am
Ya know the Reichstag had laws making everything the Nazis did legal. I fear this may be the big push for the finish line. This may be the hill to die on folks.
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