Trading “Just One Life” for Everyone’s Rights, GVRO

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Gun Violence Restraining Order
Gun Violence Restraining Order

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “… if it saves just one life”

In Colorado, the recently-introduced “Extreme Risk Protection Act” is currently being debated in Denver.

This legislation will empower any judge, on the flimsiest of pretexts, to order the indefinite forcible seizure of every one of an individual citizen’s guns, when the judge decides the citizen in question (having never even met him, and in the absence of any expert testimony) might represent a “significant risk to himself or others.”

The vagueness of the bill’s language (always a leftist trademark) is of great concern.

Anyone, even someone you don’t know and who lacks the slightest credentials to make judgments about your, nor anyone’s, mental health, can arbitrarily decide that you are “about to snap!”

His secret, uncorroborated, non-expert testimony before a judge (and it isn’t even sworn testimony, just his word), and your Second Amendments Rights are cancelled, maybe forever.

An innocent citizen, who has made no crime (nor has even been accused of a crime) has his legally-owned guns precipitously ripped from his hands, without warning, on the basis of secret, non-expert, unsworn “testimony” of a single individual.

Prior to your guns be forcibly seized, there is no opportunity for you to challenge “testimony” of the one making the complaint, nor even to know whom his is! Your guns are forcibly confiscated for at least six months, maybe longer at the whim of the judge. It’s all such an “emergency,” you know. There is no time for any pesky “due process.”

There is an ambiguously-worded “appeal-process,” after the fact, of course.

After thousands in legal fees, endless “appearances,” and interminable delays (six months at least), your guns may be returned, but not before you’ve somehow managed to “prove” you’re not crazy, however that is done.

At your own expense, you have to “appeal” to the court in order to get your guns back and your rights restored. When you don’t take the initiative to appeal, your guns are never returned.

In the interim, you’re completely defenseless. You cannot legally buy, nor borrow, a gun of any kind. When you’re subsequently murdered by a violent criminal against whom you cannot defend yourself, apparently that is of no concern. Yours is not the “just one life” they apparently care about.

And, there is no specification for where, nor by whom, your guns are stored. You never get to know. If they are ever returned to you, they may be ruinously marred, encrusted with rust, and essentially ruined. There is no provision for you to be compensated for damage.

This is a typical vaguely-worded, invariably leftist, anti-gun bill that is invariably stampeded through the legislative process (another leftist trademark), so that embarrassing questions are never asked, and no one ever reads inconvenient details.

Leftists hate details, almost as much as they hate armed citizens.

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law” ~ Charles de Montesquieu

/John

Defense Training International, Inc

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
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tomcat
tomcat
3 years ago

Unfortunately that came from the mouth of our duly elected President. Whether he said it as a grievance for the Parkland shooting or as a general statement the left took it and ran with it. The only way to defeat this nonsense would be for it to have to pass through court and maybe to the SCOTUS. We know it is unconstitutional but the libs think that is a useless, outdated piece of paper.

DT
DT
3 years ago

Colorado State Representative Cole Wist (R-Centennial) recently co-sponsored the bill in the CO Legislature (HB 18-1346) commonly referred to as a “red flag” bill. I received Representative Wist’s comments about the bill which he says: “An extreme risk protection order proposed by HB18-1436 is not about gun control or gun confiscation. It is about giving law enforcement, and more importantly families, a tool they desperately need to minimize risk for a person who is going through a major mental health crisis. Sheriff David Walcher and District Attorney George Brauchler worked closely with me on this legislation, and along with Congressman… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
3 years ago

NO STATE can take away anyne’s right OR property wihtout due process… which, by definition, includes things like a warrant upon SWORN (under penalty of perjury) testimony stating probable cause for the action right to examine the ones giving testimony, right to present testimony in your own behalf, incuding calling in any witnesses you choose right to jury trial right to legal representation and the ones giving testimony against are under laws governing their actions, if they give false testimony most states, the right to just compensation if later proven innoocent/sane/whatever (the accused wins)) which would include ALL costs of… Read more »

Oldshooter
Oldshooter
3 years ago

John is absolutely dead right about this. It is also notable that even trained and experienced mental health professionals are unable to predict with any real accuracy, who is likely to become violent in the future. Extensive research, including numerous studies over the last decade or so, have found that our BEST prediction rate (which relied heavily on the subject’s past history of violent behavior) was only 40 percent accurate (which means we’d miss first time violence). That’s the best predictive accuracy of impartial pros! Why would anyone think a judge, let alone an emotionally involved family member, coworker, etc.… Read more »

GDubb
GDubb
3 years ago

The snowflakes in the Oregon legislature passes one of these new regs recently behind closed doors. At least you folks get a chance to fight the bill democratically and have a chance to persuade the socialists in your states to vote NO. So far, to my knowledge, there have been zero cases of the cops coming to take a person’s weapons away as a result of this regulation. I don’t know any cops here who would enforce garbage legislation like this anyway. My biggest problem with bills like this is the fact there is no recourse for a lying reporter… Read more »

Larry Brickey
Larry Brickey
3 years ago

My state, Washington, has some protections against “revenge” based reports. I wonder how many who’ve known well someone being harassed or stalked feel about these laws.

joe
joe
3 years ago

make a complaint against the people trying to pass this stuff…The judge will have to take their guns.
Let’s see how they like the law.

DW
DW
3 years ago

Any bills such as this that don’t include Due Process are unconstitutional and if they are fought in court there is no way even a dumb ass liberal judge could say otherwise.

Marc DV.
Marc DV.
3 years ago
Reply to  DW


That dumb ass liberal judge can do as they please ,
from what I’ve seen . Law or no Law ,It’s their way ,
or the Gray bars way . They Don’t ever think they can
ever be wrong !

Freebird
Freebird
3 years ago

House Bill 2227 – Pennsylvania …same Evil Thing. – No Due Process.