Police confiscated all of Ralph Gilbertsen’s handguns, even though the 74-year-old man is not a felon or abuser, and he has never used a gun in self-defense. The reason for the confiscation is Gilbersen’s beliefs which aren’t violent by any means. Liberals like to say no one is coming for your guns, but they are coming for your guns.
Gilbertsen lives in Richfield, Minnesota, and he is a concealed carry permit holder and former Marine Reservist. Gilbertsen passed the in-depth background check required to obtain the permit, and he proudly served his country. He has no criminal record and hasn’t threatened violence toward anyone.
He takes a medication for a mild mental disorder, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. He is not a danger to himself or others, and several medical professionals have repeatedly stated that. Nonetheless, the state of Minnesota decided he can no longer have guns, so they confiscated them.
Gilbersen’s gun were stolen from him by police because his neighbors overheard him talking about the government being to powerful and possibly watching him. He also stated his belief in Bigfoot and UFOs. The Hennepin Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) called police about Gilbertsen, after his apartment manager expressed concern about Gilbertsen’s beliefs and couldn’t mind their own business.
Police then knocked on his door and took his three handguns. According to VICE, Joseph Olson, emeritus professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota, simply sees a man who is “eccentric.” Olson stated, “That’s not a crime in America.”
According to Star Tribune, “Gilbertsen calls himself a proud patriot and a Christian whose biblical beliefs forbid him from lying or injuring anyone. He said he’s handled guns all his life and knows how to use them properly. His psychiatrist sent a letter to the judge saying that Gilbertsen is compliant with his medications and poses no danger to himself or others.”
Gilbertsen is suing to get his guns returned. He claims that he “is an able-bodied senior citizen who lacks the physical strength to defend himself from an attack and has the constitutional right under the Second Amendment to have a weapon for personal protection. The police have no right to confiscate his weapons based on the speculative worries of anyone.”
“He’s what some people would say is a conspiracy theorist. It is an unusual situation,” his attorney, Paul Baertschi, said. “But really, the police acted unilaterally in deciding that a person who has these beliefs can’t be trusted with a gun. And so they just took them, without a warrant.”
This is actually a very scary situation in America. When your guns can be taken by simply writing or talking about things that are “beliefs” such as Bigfoot and UFOs, eventually the lines could blur and religious persecution could occur. Imagine the mass confiscations of guns from Christians for simply having a belief that someone else deems crazy. This could be the new America if we don’t stop the tyranny now.