Dianne Feinstein Introduces Gun Confiscation Bill
After Elliot Roger’s murder spree in Santa Barbara, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill allowing for “firearms restraining orders.” The bill would prevent an individual from purchasing new guns and give law enforcement the right to confiscate existing guns if the individual is determined to be a threat.
The scariest part of this proposed legislation is the idea that anyone can ask for one of these restraining orders. So, for example, if a gun control activist got ahold of a sign-in sheet from a local gun range, they could start spamming the judicial system with these “gun violence prevention warrants,” claiming that they believe these individuals to be about to commit a crime, and send a squad of police officers to their doorstep to confiscate their firearms. For their own good, of course.
This is legislation we should all keep an eye on. For starters, it’s redundant–if you’re being threatened, you can take out a restraining order or have the person arrested. Also, if law enforcement believes someone is dangerous, in most states they have a right to hold them against their will for a psychiatric evaluation. (In my state, people considered a threat to themselves or others are automatically detained for 72 hours.) There’s a good chance that this bill could be used to harass gun owners who otherwise haven’t done anything illegal or threatening.
Also see: A Real Man’s Responsibilities