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New York: Red Flag Bill Would Allow School Employees to Initiate Gun Confiscations

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New York: Red Flag Bill Would Allow School Employees to Initiate Gun Confiscations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using his bully pulpit again, proposing more gun control in New York as he launched a bus tour full of theatrics this week calling for teachers and other unaccountable school officials to confiscate firearms.  Governor's Program Bill 27 has been introduced in the state Assembly as A.11148.  The bill has cleared committee in the Assembly and is expected to pass the anti-gun Assembly.   A Senate companion bill has not been introduced yet. 

Lawmakers in Albany are entering the homestretch of the 2018 session, and they are tentatively looking to end the session next week.  This is a dangerous time of the year when legislation moves quickly with virtually no public debate.  It is important that you contact your Senators immediately and insist that they not pass any more gun control, particularly A.11148 or any similar Senate bill that may be introduced.

A.11148 creates an "extreme risk protection order," and the bill sets up a process for gun confiscation that lacks due process for those who are subject to these temporary and permanent orders.  This is a troubling bill that would allow teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and even part time employees to petition to have firearms surrendered.  This can all be done with ex parte hearings where a person is not entitled to notice and a hearing.  The bill contains a very low burden of proof, probable cause.  A.11148 directs courts to consider innocuous circumstances like simple firearm ownership when ruling on whether a threat exists.   And when a person petitions to have the order lifted the burden of proof is improperly reversed so that the respondent is now forced to prove by "clear and convincing" evidence that the order should be lifted.  This type of order is rife for abuse.  Teachers with differing political opinions or personal differences could initiate these court proceedings with little proof that an actual threat exists.  It also creates serious Fourth Amendment infringements whereby parents and legal guardians could be forced to surrender their guns.   The bill does nothing to punish those who make false allegations.

Finally, this bill will do nothing to improve school and public safety.  It is focused entirely on firearms to the exclusion of other weapons including knives, automobiles, improvised explosives or other weapons.  If a person is truly a threat the person should be arrested or involuntarily committed and there are processes under current law that would allow for that through normal legal channels.  This bill is nothing more than anti-gun Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing his extreme political agenda and continuing to wage war on law-abiding New York gun owners.  Please contact your state Senator today and respectfully request that this legislation be defeated.  The mere fact that Gov. Cuomo continues to call for more gun control is simply an admission that his 2013 SAFE Act was an utter failure and did nothing except harass and punish lawful gun owners in New York.  The Governor should follow the lead of the Senate and get serious about school safety by hardening schools with actual security measures instead of more political pandering.

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Pennsylvania: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Control Bills Tomorrow

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pennsylvania: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Control Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider several gun control bills that would only punish law-abiding gun owners.

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Firearm Confiscation Orders - Schedules Additional Gun Control for Tomorrow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Firearm Confiscation Orders - Schedules Additional Gun Control for Tomorrow

Today, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2227, legislation that creates so-called “extreme risk protection orders” whereby a hearing would be held, firearms would be seized and constitutional rights suspended with little to no due ...

The Supreme Court Strikes Down Law that Targeted Gun Owners’ Speech

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Supreme Court Strikes Down Law that Targeted Gun Owners’ Speech

The Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota law that forbade voters from wearing “political insignias” at polling places after the law was challenged by a voter who was told he must remove or cover his ...

The Rolling Stone Continues its Inaccurate Anti-NRA Reporting

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Rolling Stone Continues its Inaccurate Anti-NRA Reporting

It is by no means a closely held secret that Rolling Stone magazine has aggressively promoted an anti-gun agenda for many decades.  It started in 1980, with the death of John Lennon at the hands of ...

D.C. Area Witches Unite for Gun Control, Hurl Curses at the NRA

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Friday, June 15, 2018

D.C. Area Witches Unite for Gun Control, Hurl Curses at the NRA

Gun control advocates can now boast of a new group of allies joining their dubious coalition: witches. It kind of makes sense. We all know that gun control is based mainly on magical thinking. Its advocates, after ...

Delaware: Contact Your Senator Immediately in Opposition to Gun Ban Legislation

Friday, June 15, 2018

Delaware: Contact Your Senator Immediately in Opposition to Gun Ban Legislation

On Tuesday, June 19, the Delaware Senate could consider legislation (Senate Bill 163) that would ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms in Delaware.

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Legislation to be Considered on the House Floor

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Legislation to be Considered on the House Floor

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee continued its push for gun control by passing House Bill 1872, legislation which would ban many firearm accessories.

California Farmer Has Guns Confiscated and Faces Felony Charges After Trying to Register Rifle

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Friday, June 8, 2018

California Farmer Has Guns Confiscated and Faces Felony Charges After Trying to Register Rifle

California residents attempting to comply with the Golden State’s ever-increasing swamp of firearms laws and regulations should take warning. According to a report out of Bakersfield, a good faith effort to obey the state’s labyrinthine ...

Oregon: Gun Ban Initiative Ballot Title Finalized

Friday, May 25, 2018

Oregon: Gun Ban Initiative Ballot Title Finalized

On May 23rd, the ballot title for Initiative Petition 43 was certified by the state Attorney General.  This final ballot title comes after over 1,000 comments were submitted on the previously proposed ballot title.  Initiative proponents will ...

Not So Breaking News: Trio of Anti-Gun Orgs Rehash Worn-Out Gun Control Policies

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Not So Breaking News: Trio of Anti-Gun Orgs Rehash Worn-Out Gun Control Policies

This week the press gleefully reported the anti-gun pronouncements of a trio of diverse special interest groups. The Washington Post announced, “Frustrated [American Medical Association] adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence.” In a separate ...

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