A group of Oregon lawmakers launched a petition last week to repeal the state’s new confiscatory gun law.
Signed by Gov. Kate Brown back in August, the bill — known as SB 719 — gives the government the ability to slap one with an “extreme risk protection order,” which is just a fancy way of saying “You have 24 hours to turn in your guns.”
In an article published in the Herald and News, state Rep. E. Werner Reschke explained the problems with the law.
“SB 719 calls for the forced confiscation of property (guns) by the police with no due process, no conviction of a crime and no accusation of a crime,” he wrote. “It allows anyone, including strangers off the street, to make assessments and a case before a judge.”
How this all works is that a concerned citizen can ask a judge via the extreme risk protection order process to revoke another individual’s 2A rights. If the judge agrees with the sworn testimony provided by the concerned citizen, that individual’s guns will be seized by police if he or she refuses to turn them in.
At a later date, the individual can apply to have his or her Second Amendment rights restored. Though ostensibly it may be well-intentioned, this whole charade opens up a big can of worms.
“It allows judges, with no mental health credentials, to render judgment on another person’s state of mind whom they have never met or spoken to,” Reschke continued. “Furthermore, it actually forbids judges from considering assessments of the respondent’s mental health by people who actually do have mental health credentials. The law even goes so far to allow a judge to confiscate every firearm in a household because one person in the household has a past DUI conviction.”
Reschke and his friends in the House are now collecting signatures for a petition to put SB 719 on the 2018 Ballot so Oregonians can vote to nix this unconstitutional gun grab.
“Help us repeal this new Oregon law, so government can serve us better by protecting our 2ndAmendment right to bear arms, not take it away,” wrote Reschke. “I urge you to visit www.Repeal719.com for more details.”
From the Repeal 719 website:
WHY REPEAL SENATE BILL 719?
- The law provides NO help whatsoever for a person who has been accused of being suicidal. In fact, an amendment that would have called for some minimal intervention was not even considered.
- The law provides NO protection for people who are living in the household of a person who has been accused of being a danger to others.
- The law provides NO guidance for the police who are tasked with confiscating the firearms of the person who has not been accused of or tried for a crime.
- The law requires the accused only 24 hours to turn over firearms even though in many cases that is not possible. That 24 hour window is clearly a time of extreme danger in the event the respondent actually IS a danger to self or others.
- The law defines NO provisions for determining how many firearms the respondent has, or how to assure they have all been seized:
- Worst of all, Governor Kate Brown stalled signing this bill into law which greatly limited the amount of days to gather signatures, thus depriving Oregonians of their constitutional rights.