That’s kinda how I feel at the moment. What I mean is that who woulda thought that a year into Trump’s presidency we’d be watching the National Rifle Association — the nation’s preeminent gun rights organization — make a push for bump stock bans and firearm surrender bills? Not me!
Because really, that’s where we are right now!!! What happened to the Hearing Protection Act? Concealed Carry Reciprocity? Those goodies that we were led to believe were imminent with the election of The Don.
In case you’re not following me, the NRA-ILA’s chief lobbyist Chris Cox publicly supported extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) in a video Monday. It’s embedded above.
On the issue of ERPOs what the NRA-ILA once referred to as “firearm surrender bills,” he said, “We need to stop dangerous people before they act. So Congress should provide funding for states to adopt Risk Protection Orders. This can help prevent violent behavior before it turns into a tragedy.”
“These laws allow a court to intervene and temporarily remove firearms when a person threatens violence to themselves or others,” Cox continued. “To be effective and constitutional, they should have strong due-process protections and require that the person get treatment.”
Let’s literally rewind the tape to Feb. 27, 2018. In a notification titled, “Maine: Firearm Surrender Bill to be Filed,” the NRA-ILA warns the reader about these dubious ERPOs.
“Extreme Risk Protection bills allow for the issuance of protective orders to infringe on Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and little, if any, real evidence and limited ‘due process’ for the respondent,” said the NRA-ILA.
It goes on to say that, “Constitutional rights should only be restricted with proper due process of law,” suggesting that these ERPOs treat the 2A as a “second-class right.”
Tell me, please. Because I’d really like to know. What’s changed from February of this year till now? Those NRA-ILA criticisms of ERPOs are as spot on today as they were back then. Right? So, why the change of heart?
As I’ve said in the past, my beef with ERPOs is that it’s nothing more than a nanny-state gun grab. Dangerous people have guns, aahhhhhh! What can we do to stop them? I know, let’s shred the Constitution and lower the evidentiary bar for what constitutes a dangerous person and start grabbing guns from everyone! If we’re wrong, who cares, those dreaded gun owners can always get their firearms back after a lengthy and costly appeal in court.
I’m not even joking. Trump said it himself during that gun control powwow at the White House earlier this month, “A lot of times by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process. I like taking the guns early.”
This is not good. Not good at all. Our pets’ heads are fallin’ off.