HB 1177 (Red Flag Bill) has nothing to do with addressing mental health debate, but has everything to do with people control, infringement upon personal liberties, a dislike for the Second Amendment and firearms ownership. Recent articles and testimony surrounding Red Flag laws sums it up quite intelligently.
According to Jason Charles of Natural Law, an article in Wake the Church titled, “Red Flag Laws, a State of Nature and Rights to Shoot Back” stated, “The ‘red flag’ laws that are sweeping the country violate every principle of liberty upon which our country was founded. There is no due process associated with ‘red flag’ laws.
“A judge’s order to seize the firearms from an American citizen who has not been accused of a crime, charged with a crime, convicted of a crime—or who never even threatened to commit a crime—based on the accusation of a single individual is anything but due process. Our accuser could be a disgruntled employee, a bitter ex-spouse or relative, a vengeful neighbor, an anti-gun liberal or even an anti-gun policeman.
“By definition, ‘red flag’ laws use mere suspicion of what one ‘might’ do as justification to seize a person’s firearms. Tactics such as these have been used in virtually every despotic regime of history. In the name of protecting society, the rights and liberties of individuals were denied which led to their disarmament—all in the name of public safety, of course.
“This is what these Red Flag laws do; they literally legislate, and create ‘State of Nature’ confrontations with government and the public. Instead of a government working to limit these types of scenarios, in the case of Red Flag laws they actually are creating mass amounts of potentially violent scenarios. This is an egregious violation of the public trust, and is a classical definition of tyranny.”
Moreover, according to Helen Raleigh’s article in the Federalist titled “Colorado Counties Declare Themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries in Face of Gun-Grabbing Bill,” “In recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, David Kopel, a Constitution scholar at the Independence Institute, said ‘Nearly a third of such orders are improperly issued against innocent people.’”
Red Flag laws are just that, a Red Flag.