Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves right about now, as Oregon has passed a bill, taking away Second Amendment rights. A “Republican” Senator co-sponsored the new legislation, which is as unconstitutional as it gets.
Oregon lawmakers have passed a new bill allowing the government to seize firearms and concealed carry permits. The legislation has now passed the House and Senate.
Citizens can now be forced to hand over their firearms via an “Extreme Risk and Protection Order.” To make the bill even more unconstitutional, the legislation allows an ex parte ruling, so the hearing for your gun confiscation will happen without you present.
Based on a California law enacted in 2014, SB 719A would create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law. [Source: NRA]
This ex parte order, which strips citizens of their Second Amendment rights, does not allow gun owners to defend themselves in a court of law since they are not required to be present during the hearing. This means a family member or pissed off neighbor with different political views can decide to allege things against you, and you may not even get the opportunity to defend yourself or protect your rights.
SB 719A flies in the face of the Constitution’s purpose and the purpose of the Second Amendment, which ensures the government can never take away your rights without due process.
The co-founder of the bill, Sen. Brian Roquist (R-Dallas), who claims the bill is not confiscation, contradicts himself in the language of the bill.
Requires court to order respondent to surrender deadly weapons and concealed handgun license within 24 hours of service of initial order, and immediately upon service of continued or renewed order. Provides for law enforcement officer serving order to request immediate surrender of deadly weapons and concealed handgun license and authorizes law enforcement officer to take possession of surrendered items. [Source: Young Cons]
The ex parte stripping the accused of their Second Amendment rights is issued by a judge based on a brief statement of the petitioner. Now, the accused is not afforded the chance to appear in front of the judge to defend the allegations when the ERPO is issued. So, if seizing guns and concealed carry permits and requiring “immediate surrender” is not confiscation, then what is?
What makes this bill more mind-blowing is this type of warrant can be issued to anyone, even innocent people without a criminal record. So, watch out if you have a snowflake neighbor — one wrong move, and in less than 24, hours you might have law enforcement breaking down your door because someone said they feared you and your evil firearm.
The “Republican” senator who co-founded this ridiculous bill needs to be replaced almost as bad as the bill. This is a huge threat to the Second Amendment, but luckily, our Constitution-defending president would never let this bill stand a chance in Federal court.