Republican State Rep Sponsors Red Flag Bill in Utah

U.S.A.-( An Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill (ERPO) will be submitted in the gun friendly State of Utah. This illegal and unconstitutional gun confiscation bill has been sponsored by REPUBLICAN Utah State Representative Stephen Handy under HB0209, entitled “Extreme Risk Protective Order”. You can read this bill in all of its anti-gun glory HERE.

There are already 13 states that have passed these laws that have only one intended goal: to circumvent the 2nd Amendment and confiscate guns from people who are then considered guilty until proven innocent.

Red flag laws are an outright attack on the law-abiding gun owners around the country.

These ERPO or RED FLAG bills do absolutely nothing to target criminals, illegally owned guns, mental health nor will they do anything to save lives! What red flag bills do, however, is to violate a person’s:

  • 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech, as a comment or even your social media can be used against you. All one needs is to have someone say they fear what a gun owner MIGHT do and they can seek an ERPO from a “judge”.
  • They also violate one’s 2nd Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms, obviously as their firearms are seized without cause.
  • Your 4th Amendment Right to Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures goes out the window.
  • The 6th Amendment Right to a Speedy and Public Trial is lost as you aren’t made aware of the ERPO claim until the police show up to take your guns.
  • You also aren’t afforded your 6th Amendment Right to an Impartial Jury as the complainant goes to a judge and the order is issued…without a jury.
  • The 6th Amendment also guarantees your Right to Confront Your Accuser and to have Assistance of Counsel. You don’t get to know who filed the claim, never mind have your lawyer present!
  • The 8th Amendment affords the Right to be free from Cruel and Unusual Punishments. Being jailed and having your firearms taken away, not because you have been found guilty of a crime, but simply because you own them lawfully and someone’s feeling were hurt.
  • The Extreme Risk Protection Orders violate every facet of Due Process and are the most obviously unconstitutional bills and laws, in so many ways.

Utah residents need to make their voices heard NOW! Contact your representatives and tell them NOT to pass HB0209! You can locate your Utah State Legislators, and their contact information, utilizing this link:

You can contact Representative Stephen Handy HERE.

If you are not sure on how to contact your legislators, you can watch this video that will explain the entire process to you. It is not difficult at all! Remember to be respectful and tell them that you will remember how they vote when their term is up for vote. Also, follow up the calls with emails and reach out to them on their social media accounts.

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  • 20 thoughts on “Republican State Rep Sponsors Red Flag Bill in Utah

    1. This is the bottom line, someones’ mental illness does not trump my 2A! This ERPO is another socialist narc on your family or neighbor! Remember Hitlers Germany and the disarming of the Jews? These dumb bills will not be enforced, we gun owners are way smarter than these politicians! Just start stock piling now!

    2. I can tell by the vitriol in the earlier comments that what I’m about to say is not going to be well received, but I feel it is important to put it out there anyway. Just know that any hateful RINO traitor comments hurled in my direction will be dismissed with a smile and a “God bless you.”

      It seems apparent to me that none of you have to deal with mental illness in your immediate family like I do. I am a conservative Utah Republican, an ardent 2A supporting gun owner, sworn to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I also have a dear, sweet wife who suffers from clinical depression and frequent suicidal ideation. She can be “normal” for weeks and months on end and then suddenly become a threat to herself. I keep my AR and all my other guns locked at all times when not in use. I have considered concealed carry, but decided that there is statistically a far greater chance that my carry gun would be used inappropriately than that I would ever need it to defend myself and others.

      I understand the concern with Red Flag laws. There is a huge potential for abuse, both by the government and anti-gun zealots whose only red flag is that you own a gun. SWATing also comes to mind. But you have to concede that mental health issues played a role in virtually all of the high-profile shootings and certainly in suicides (accounting for over half the firearm deaths each year). We need some form of Red Flag laws. They need to be carefully crafted, with input from 2A supporters, to protect our rights against abuses, especially to speedily return our guns when they were taken inappropriately due to inaccurate report, or when it can be shown that a person has overcome a temporary crisis, but for gun owners to dismiss these efforts out of hand and refuse to participate in the dialogue is a grave error.

    3. So, since he is vehemently violating his oath of office to support, and defend the U.S. Constitution. He has effectively quit his job, and officially become a communist democ rat, right?

    4. I don’t understand why all these Republicans in different states are jumping on the Red Flag bandwagon. Historically, it was Republicans who defended the 2nd Amendment and the rights of gun owners. There are even Republicans who are in favor of universal background checks, aka, national gun registry and assault weapons/semi auto bans.

    5. The RINOs are closing in on us. What feeble thought in their little bitty mind tells them that they are supporting their constituents that have gone to the trouble to elect them and then pay them a decent salary? Do they think we will forget before next election or is retirement after one term good enough to keep them for the rest of their miserable lives. A RINO in Tennessee is proposing a red flag bill, also. they were either lying when we elected them or they are lying now and you don’t have to be very smart to figure out which.

    6. This is the same state that just elected that no-account, 2-bit, loser POS Romney to the U.S. Senate. Unlike other states, they are driven by almost entirely by the orthodoxy of a single religion which dictates who can run and who can be elected as evidenced by Romney’s election.

      1. There was not much choice. Romney’s opponent in the primary was a doctor, who lost badly, Vern if a better candidate. As Utah is a red state, Romney was a shoe in. But you are right, being as Romney was a well known Mormon candidate didn’t hurt his chances. However, I don’t think most Utah Republicans thought he would turn out to be as much of an embarrassment as he is.

    7. TGWD; Yes we know your slime ball nature, your one that believes in total government control with all states having RED FLAG LAWS!!!!! You need some of them turned on you, which I would gladly help administer with no after thoughts!

    8. The “red flag CONFISCATION” law worked wonders in Montgomery County in the State of Maryland. The MURDERED man was “red flagged” to have his weapons CONFISCATED. He was MURDERED by the “cop” who was standing behind the First “cop” who grabbed the old man. The “news” said one shot was fired before the “cop” assassinated the old man who, reported by the news, had no problems with the Police before the day he was KILLED.

    9. It appears that our government cannot be trusted with the 2nd Amendment. The primary problem with this nationwide hysteria to enforce red flag laws is none are crafted with sufficient protections for the accused. Apparently, we’ve been deluding ourselves that the U.S. judiciary would rather let ten guilty parties go free than convict one innocent person.

      Additionally, these laws generally place enormous responsibility and pressure on police officers and judges to dispense pretrial punishment, just in case an owner might be mentally afflicted. This kind of punishment is overly severe to be based on amateur opinions afforded by all the red flag laws enacted thus far.

      Since we’re dealing with mentally troubled persons, the law should include analysis by licensed psychiatrists. Doubtlessly, we all know of judges and law officers who are far from qualified for such professional undertakings. I also doubt that they’d volunteer to diagnose mental illness if their jobs depended on doing it correctly.

      This movement makes it clear that democrats want control without responsibility. I used to wonder why leftists saturate media outlets with soothing pleas for conversation instead of acting on their clear and ultimate goal of total confiscation. I assumed they stopped short of the extreme because they know firearms owners won’t tolerate confiscation without unimaginable fury.

      Fact is leftists will temporarily settle for controlling little things like angry partners, bayonet lugs, ammunition taxes, bullet shapes and so on. But it’s still part of a common leftist flimflam. Eventually they’ll again get around to universal background checks that are impossible to regulate without universal registration.

      They need universal registration because it fundamentally transforms 120 million owners into dependents. Once they know who the owners are, they’ll choose which of them are allowed to be licensed. It’s the consummate entitlement. The democrat party cannot survive without more than half the nation being dependent on the government. Leftists trade entitlements for votes. It’s the heart of their strategy.

      Justice requires that the accused be afforded at least a modicum of professional analysis and an official opinion by two or more psychiatrists. Leftists screech in the streets if denied a full measure of due process but close their eyes on the subject of self-defense by firearm. These laws open the doors to scorned partners, angry neighbors, children seeking a parent’s wealth and arrogant judges.

      They empower mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors, judges, police officers, boyfriends, girlfriends and everyone except those actually qualified to judge mental competence. Makes me wonder about the motive for this law.

      The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists nicotine dependence, aka smoking, as a treatable disorder. I’m sure socialists already are piecing together another version of this law to declare smoking as sufficiently deranged behavior to justify confiscation of firearms. To iterate, socialists are not interested in public safety. They hope to disarm the governed before dispatching the disobedient.

      1. So is Trump.
        I know, I know, any day now Trump will send out a tweet condemning the evisceration of the 2nd Amendment in CA, WA, NY, VT, FL (oh wait, he liked that gun control), MA, NJ, MD, and the attempts to scrap the 2A in VA, OR, IL, DE, PA, etc.. Really, any day now. Trump is very busy with 3D chess to even comment about this on Twitter. TOO BUSY FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT. Tweeting takes time and Trump rarely does that. (He’s only been in office for two years, just give more time.) Election time is right around the corner and don’t worry Trump will come through with some awesome, great, promises to protect the 2A – don’t worry, he will help make the Second Amendment great again and the assault on our Second Amendment next term – you just watch! He only needs your vote and then you will be in promise heaven!

        Excuses, false hope in Trump-appointed AG Barr (who drafted the Bush 1 Crime (gun control) Bill and support Bushes’ 1’s “assault weapons” ban and told Feinstein LAST week that he will work with her to pass national red flag laws), and false hope Supreme Court gun cases, comments starting in: 3, 2, 1…

        1. As we elect supposed pro gun politicians we take our eye off the ball. We must all become activist just like the pink hatters. How many have you attended?

      2. Well I’m not happy and I’m sure it millions of the Second Amendment loving Americans aren’t either it’s time to lock in a load and step on the toad / rhinos communist Democrats they’re all the same anti-American thieves liars tyrants /Before you come for mine /be sure to pack a tractor-trailer load of lunches ,,,you’re going to need them/1776

    10. Utah State Representative RINO Stephen Handy ,he also may want to familiarize himself with a document entitled the Bill of Rights,then if still for further infringements he should switch parties.

    11. Patriots,
      Most know my stand on the ERPO. Two separate times, perps pointed their gun right towards my eyes. The other time, I gave a ride to another perp listening to him to kill another right after he got out of jail. I do not hymm and haw around wondering what shall I do! They get 911in as I report in vivid detail what happened to law enforcement. It does not matter if it is called a ERPO, or a “Mean Scary Man With a Gun” call. They get their clocks cleaned, if need be.

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