Nearly 200 Citizens’ Guns Seized in NJ Under Red Flag Laws in 4 Months, Many of them PERMANENTLY

Saturday, February 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

Matt Agorist
TheFreeThoughtProject.com
February 1, 2020

For the past two years, Democrats and Republicans alike have joined forces to pass sweeping regulations that could serve as a death blow to the Second Amendment. Red flag laws have been passed in a growing number of states and police are showing how willing they are to use them.

A new report out of New Jersey shows that since that state has passed red flag legislation, nearly 200 people have had their guns taken—that is more than one person every day losing their Second Amendment rights. According to NJ.com:

The Extreme Risk Protective Order Act, which went into effect Sept. 1, allows a law enforcement officer, family or household member to submit a petition to state Superior Court showing why a judge should issue an order to keep guns away from someone who potentially poses a danger of causing bodily injury to themselves or to others.

If the judge determines there is “good cause” to remove the guns, the judge will initially issue a temporary extreme risk protection order and a search warrant is executed to recover the guns, ammunition and firearms identification card from the person.

So far, 186 temporary extreme risk protective orders have been granted as of Jan. 22, according to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, meaning more than one person a day has had their guns taken away — at least temporarily — in New Jersey since the law went into effect. In 25 cases, a petition was made but the temporary order was denied by a judge, according to court data.

According to the law, the original seizure says a person has 10 days to plea their case in front of a judge to get back their firearms before the court takes them permanently. According to the courts, 88 final orders have been granted since the law went into effect.

Naturally, this has gun rights advocates up in arms. “Red flag is travesty for anyone who values Constitutional rights,” said Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs. “It’s abuse of process. It is being used to harass gun owners.”

We agree. Unfortunately, the GOP remains largely silent in the face of these laws, and in most cases they are supporting them.

Despite his rhetoric claiming he protects the gun rights of Americans, president Donald Trump has become a cheerleader for these rights-violating red flag laws. In August, he proved just how dangerous such laws would be—and, in typical Trump fashion, he did it with just one tweet.

During a speech in April, Trump claimed that the “left is coming for your guns,” and he’s correct. But so is the right, and so is Trump.

What Trump’s speech to the NRA in April proved is the incredibly short memory of his support base. Have they all forgotten that Trump made one of the most damning attacks on the Second Amendment of any president yet?

In case you are one of those folks, in February of 2018, after the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL, President Donald Trump took to national television to betray his oath to the Constitution and his supporters and famously said, “take the guns first, go through due process second.”

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2 Responses to “Nearly 200 Citizens’ Guns Seized in NJ Under Red Flag Laws in 4 Months, Many of them PERMANENTLY”

  1. laura ann

    Stupid people forgot to hide the guns.

    #240
  2. White Scooter Trash

    Now they will have to buy fully automatic weapons from organized crime paid for in cash $$ The mob is big is NJ.

    #252
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