By Jose Nino | Mises Institute | Dec. 26, 2018

Is gun confiscation coming to Congress?

The 2018 midterm elections produced a split Congress with Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans gaining seats in the Senate.

The chattering DC classes are already speculating about the Democrats’ plans to subpoena Trump’s tax records and Senate Republicans’ moves to consolidate their hold of the federal judiciary. But amid the DC gossip, a new threat is being overlooked—red flag gun confiscation orders.

The Guardian detailed House Democrats’ desire to pass gun control legislation in the upcoming Congress:

“Ted Deutch, a Democratic congressman from Florida who represents Parkland, where a February school shooting left 17 dead, said this week that he expected House Democrats to focus on bills with more bipartisan support. Those measures included bump stock bans and “extreme risk protection orders”, also known as red flag laws, which give law enforcement and family members a way to petition a court to temporarily bar an unstable person from buying or owning guns.”

With the cries for gun control growing stronger, the federal government may finally give in to public pressure to “do something.” Red flag laws might just be the “come together” moment establishment politicians have been looking for.

What Are Red Flag Laws?

Red flag laws or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are the euphemistic label for the gun control push du jure blazing across the nation. Under red flag laws, law enforcement has the ability to confiscate an individual’s firearms who is deemed a threat to themselves or others. A simple accusation from a family member, friend, or associate will suffice to seize someone’s firearms.

These laws, mind you, operate in complete violation of due process. Individuals can take their accusers to court, even though the defendant in question has never been charged with or convicted of a crime. Additionally, the defendant could have their weapons confiscated without even so much as a hearing a before a judge. It could take months before a gun owner would have to appear in court to win back his gun rights.

Thirteen states currently have red flag laws on the books, with dozens more filing their own versions. What started out as a state-level movement may have some legs at the federal level. Although it’s true that Congressional Democrats are making gun control a major theme of their legislative agenda, it’s naïve to think red flag laws are only relevant because of “gun-grabbing” Democrats have taken power.

As we’ll see below, red flag laws have a history of bipartisan support. And when any piece of legislation has Democrats and Republicans locking arms in agreement, you know trouble lies ahead.

The Gun Control Bipartisan Status Quo

Despite the passionate campaign rhetoric, a significant portion of Republican politicians will change colors on gun rights once in DC. Several GOP members in the upcoming Congress stick out like a sore thumb when it comes to their gun control advocacy:

Lindsay Graham:  The South Carolina Senator already introduced a red flag bill earlier this year. With the 116th Congress right around the corner, Graham will likely reach across the aisle with Democrat colleagues to move red flag legislation forward. Graham has opined that red flag legislation is the “place where we begin a long-overdue discussion about firearms and mental health. But we must start.”

Marco Rubio: Following the Parkland shootings, Rubio joined the gun control chorus by sponsoring a red flag bill along with Democrat Senators Joe Manchin, Bill Nelson, & Jack Reed. Rubio has even flirted with the idea of regulations on magazine clips, raising the minimum age to buy certain firearms like AR-15s, and tweaking the current background check system.

Mitt Romney: The incoming Utah Senator has an anti-gun record as Governor of Massachusetts. As Governor, Romney signed an assault weapons ban into law in 2004. In political fashion, Romney obscured his anti-gun act by turning to pro-Second Amendment platitudes during both of his presidential runs in 2008 and 2012. In a 2007 statement, Romney expressed that he does not “support any new gun laws including any new ban on semi-automatic firearms.” Nevertheless, the fallout from the recent Parkland shooting has made Romney reconsider the validity of enhanced background checks.

Rick Scott: Former Governor of Florida and Florida’s new Senator, Rick Scott poses an interesting threat to gun rights. Despite his ostensibly pro-gun rhetoric, Scott signed SB 7026 Florida’s most expansive gun control measure in recent history. Pressured by the outrage from the Parkland School shooting, Scott’s SB 7026 contains red flag provisions, raises the age to buy a firearm to 21, and imposes a three-day waiting period for all firearms purchases.

Trump Administration: Even the Executive branch is joining in on the red flag craze. The Trump Administration’s Commission on School Safety recently released a report recommending red flag laws as a means to “address school safety and violence.” It’s only a matter of time before legislation is introduced in either chamber of Congress now that the Trump administration has endorsed red flag laws.

Even Larry Hogan, the Republican Governor of Maryland, kowtowed to anti-gun pressure. On April 24, 2018, Hogan signed a series of gun bills, one which included a red flag law. In October, the first month Maryland’s red flag law went into effect, there were 114 requests to confiscate individuals’ firearms.

Maryland’s red flag law has not been without its fair share of controversy. At 5 a.m on Monday, November 5, two police officers came knocking on 61-year-old Gary Willis’ door to serve him a court order mandating that he turn over his guns. What seemed like a typical court order, quickly turned deadly as one of the cops shot and killed Willis in a struggle that ensued. Quick to defend one of his own, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare defended the cops’ action by callously claiming that they “did the best they could with the situation they had.”

Anti-Gun Ideology is Growing

The tragic incident in Maryland is an ominous sign of what is to come should red flag laws gain more traction.

Whether or not Republicans will support Congressional iterations of Red Flag laws is anyone’s guess. The bigger problem at hand is an ideological one. When society’s ideological compass is off, government transgressions can come at any time. The passage of red flag laws could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

More than a century’s worth of Progressivism has normalized universalist ideas such as economic controls, big spending, never-ending wars, and now, gun control. Misguided conservatives can debate ad infinitum on the forums or their talk radio shows about how certain Republicans “sell out” or betray their movement.

This, however, ignores how selling out—rubber stamping big government, embracing globalism, and embarking on nation-building—has been the standard operating procedure for many conservatives throughout the last century. Gun rights will be no different.

Gun owners will need to de-program and recognize that decentralization, not the winner-take-all electoral slugfest we see at the federal level every 4 years, is the best way in securing their gun rights.


This report was originally published by José Niño at the Mises Institute

Jose Nino is a Venezuelan-American political activist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Contact: twitter or email him here.


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By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | October 31, 2018

I told you there would be more in the case of Darren Huff, a Georgia man who was arrested and Robert Mueller not only oversaw the arrest, but also trumped up bogus charges against him, including having his Special Agent in Charge file an affidavit that contained lies about Mr. Huff being at the courthouse and having a gun there.  Below is audio directly from the FBI website, which I am archiving that demonstrates clearly that a precedent was set in finding Huff guilty for what he allegedly was thinking, his intentions.

For more on the background of the story, please read Documents: Robert Mueller Accused Of Framing Georgia Man On Gun Charge and Navy Vet Claims Robert Mueller’s FBI Agent Perjured Himself In This Affidavit While Framing Man On Gun Charges

The following audio was downloaded from the FBI website.

The transcript is as follows:

Mollie Halpern: The FBI prevents a group of militia extremists from taking the law into their own hands.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the FBI, and this is Gotcha.

Darren Huff, of Georgia, and his followers wanted to indict President Barack Obama and many other federal, state, and local officials for treason. When a Tennessee County grand jury refused them, they wrote up their own bogus arrest warrants. Case Agent Scott Johnson, of the Knoxville FBI Division, says Huff armed himself with a handgun, an AK-47, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and headed for the courthouse.

Scott Johnson: He thought he was going to ride in from out of town with the guns on his hips and right all the injustices.

Halpern: When Huff and others arrived, they found the FBI and its law enforcement partners waiting for them. Huff was sentenced to four years in prison for transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to cause a civil disorder. It was the first time this violation was successfully prosecuted.

Johnson: This case is monumental to the FBI because it will set precedent for case law in future domestic terrorism cases throughout the United States.

Halpern: This has been the FBI’s closed case of the week.

The problem in all of this is that Huff never was at the courthouse.  He never had a gun at the courthouse, and instead of anyone in local, state or federal law enforcement arresting him when they stopped him in Tennessee, they let him go, only to turn around and arrest him a full ten days later under bogus charges and an affidavit from an FBI special agent in charge who perjured himself.

Huff is a Navy veteran.  He was railroaded on charges connected to what the FBI thought he and other veterans were thinking and events that never happened.




According to Navy veteran Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, the entirety of the FBI Gotcha segment is a lie.

  • • The FBI did not-I say again-DID NOT prevent a group of “militia extremists” from “taking the law into their own hands.” No “militia extremists” are involved in this event in any way. Darren Huff was not, is not a militia extremist. Darren Huff had no “followers.” Besides Mr. Huff, the FBI did not categorize any other individual as a “militia extremist” nor did the FBI identify any group as an extreme militia as connected to this FBI manufactured domestic terrorist hoax.
  • • Neither any militia group nor Darren Huff as an individual ever petitioned a Tennessee grand jury in any cause. Ergo: No Tennessee grand jury ever “refused” them.
  • • No “bogus arrest warrants” were or are in existence as connected to events of 20 April 2010.
  • • None of the 31 people who came to Madisonville, Tennessee on Tuesday 20 April 2010 to either attend a court hearing or cover the hearing as press representatives were armed with weapons of any description. There were no guns!!
  • • No one rode into Madisonville, Tennessee with “guns on their hips” or in possession of ammunition.
  • • No law enforcement officer, from any state or federal law enforcement agency ever confronted any of the 31 people for any reason in Madisonville on 20 April 2010. NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER!!
  • • All of the 31 people represented as being in Madisonville, Tennessee on 20 April 2010 were law abiding citizens. Many of them military Veterans. None of those folks violated any laws on that Tuesday.
  • • Mr. Huff was not armed with any weapon in Madisonville, Tennessee on Tuesday, 20 April 2010. Mr. Huff carried no ammunition that day in Madisonville. No state or federal law enforcement officer made contact with Mr. Huff on 20 April.
  • • Mr. Huff was never physically present at the location Mueller’s FBI puppet, Special Agent Mark A. Van Balen, said Mr. Huff was present, carrying a gun, with other men carrying guns, all “intending” to take over the courthouse. No evidence exists in contradiction.
  • • The FBI arrested Darren Huff ten days later, on 30 April 2010, as Huff was traveling on I-75 near Knoxville, Tennessee. The FBI did not arrest anyone else afterwards, but tried very hard to do so. FBI agents, following the events of 20 April 2010, canvased the southeast, interviewing uncounted numbers of people who were present in Madisonville on 20 April, or neighbors of these folks.
  • Now, if you are a movie fan and you remember a certain film by the name of Minority Report starring Tom Cruise, you might remember this segment in which a man is arrested for a crime he did think about, but never committed.

    Isn’t this exactly what went on under Robert Mueller’s FBI against our veterans who simply wanted the law upheld but never violated it in the process?  I’ll let the reader decide.


    Article originally published by Tim Brown at The Washington Standard.

    Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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    By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | Sept. 21, 2018

    The US District Court for the District of Colorado has deferred ruling on the constitutionality of unconstitutional regulations imposed by Boulder Colorado’s City Council.  In doing so, they have opened the door to tyrannical gun bans.

    Back in May, a court decision set things in motion.

    The city talked about banning certain weapons, not only a really stupid idea, but an unlawful one.  They also discussed how they might limit what weapons law-abiding citizens would be permitted to purchase, and what kinds of ammunition they could obtain.

    Among the weapons that were banned were some of the most commonly used guns in the US.

    According to Mountain States Legal Foundation:

    In a decision issued yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado refrained from vindicating the constitutionally protected rights of Boulder residents.

    In May of this year, the City of Boulder enacted an array of unconstitutional firearm and magazine regulations. Yesterday, the court deferred to the State of Colorado court system to determine whether the city had the authority to enact its new regulations in the first place.

    “While we will always support the principle of federalism, this decision forces the people of Boulder to wait to vindicate their rights under the U.S. Constitution,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, of Mountain States Legal Foundation, the lead attorney on the case.

    Boulder city council members voted unanimously to ban some of the most commonly used firearms and magazines in the United States. Council members also raised the age of legal gun ownership in the city from 18 to 21.

    Boulder resident Jon Caldara, a plaintiff in the lawsuit who seeks to have Boulder’s ordinance overturned, is a vocal opponent of the City of Boulder’s discrimination against firearm owners.

    “I have lived in Boulder since 1984,” Mr. Caldara said. “I believe we need to hold Boulder to its own standards in celebrating diversity and tolerance.”

    “This is hate,” Mr. Caldara added, speaking of the city council’s view toward gun owners. “These are elitists who want people like me out of their town.”

    Mr. Wisniewski added that the plaintiffs are evaluating their options in the wake of yesterday’s decision. “We will not give up the fight to defend the constitutionally protected rights of the people of Boulder,” he said.

    In 2012, Mountain States Legal Foundation, on behalf of its clients, prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court in Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. The Court’s unanimous decision in that case confirmed the right of concealed carry permit holders to possess concealed firearms on the public university’s campus.

    Mountain States Legal Foundation, created in 1977, is a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system.  Its offices are in suburban Denver, Colorado.





    The right to keep and bear arms is a God-given right that is to be protected by those in government, not infringed on.  Perhaps if the people in Boulder simply carried their weapons with them down to city hall and demanded the Council trash the ban, that might have an impact.  If not, there’s always tossing unlawful and criminal representatives out of office.  I’m glad to see that some people are not taking the tyranny sitting down.


    Contributed by Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost.com

    Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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    By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | Sept. 5, 2018

    As if we aren’t seeing enough companies and individuals jumping on the bandwagon as anti-Constitutional, anti-Second Amendment advocates, now Levi Strauss is teaming up with one of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lobby group, Everytown for Gun Safety, as well as the hypocritical Gabby Giffords group.

    Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh penned an op-ed at Forbes on Tuesday in which he proudly announced the anti-Constitutional support of the company for Communist gun grabbers like Michael Bloomberg and Gabby Giffords and their organizations, but Bergh is also putting his money where his mouth is.  The company will be giving more than $1 million towards Safer Tomorrow Fund, which is a fund that will pay for little Communists like David Hogg and other activists, as well as nonprofits who are seeking to disarm Americans.

    Bergh wrote about a letter he penned in 2016 where he described an incident where a customer accidentally shot himself while trying on jeans.  Bergh claims it happened in one of “our stores.”  I had no idea Levi Strauss had stores.  Anyways, I digress.

    Bergh wrote:

    As president and CEO of a values-driven company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom, I take the responsibility of speaking up on the important issues of our day very seriously. We can’t take on every issue. But as business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work. While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.

    That’s why Levi Strauss & Co. is stepping up our support for gun violence prevention. You may wonder why a company that doesn’t manufacture or sell guns is wading into this issue, but for us, it’s simple. Americans shouldn’t have to live in fear of gun violence. It’s an issue that affects all of us—all generations and all walks of life.

    The stakes could not be higher. On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns, and hundreds more are wounded. Most are suicides or unintentional shootings. Our nation’s gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average rate of other high-income countries. Some shootings make the headlines; some you never hear of; but each one is a tragedy.




    Now, not to make light of those who are killed with guns, but 96 is a pretty small number, don’t you think?

    Why isn’t Levi Strauss supporting car safety?  Nearly 110 people die in car accidents in the US every single day!

    Or what those who overdose on prescription drugs that are legalized by the unconstitutional Food and Drug Administration?  A whopping 192 people per day die from that!

    Where is Bergh’s commitment to the community when it comes to these things?  Nowhere, he’s just jumping on the Communist bandwagon, but it’s going to hit him in the wallet, watch and see.

    So, what exactly is Bergh and Levi Strauss & Co. going to do?

    First, we have established the Safer Tomorrow Fund, which will direct more than $1 million in philanthropic grants from Levi Strauss & Co. over the next four years to fuel the work of nonprofits and youth activists who are working to end gun violence in America.

    Second, I’m proud to announce that Levi Strauss & Co. is partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety and executives including Michael Bloomberg to form Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety, a coalition of business leaders who believe, as we do, that business has a critical role to play in and a moral obligation to do something about the gun violence epidemic in this country. I encourage every CEO and business leader reading this to consider the impact we could make if we stood together alongside the broad coalition of concerned parents, youth, elders, veterans, and community and faith leaders who are committed to shaping a safer path forward.

    Third, we know that some of our employees have been personally affected by this issue and want to see change. Therefore, we are doubling our usual employee donation match to organizations aligned with our Safer Tomorrow Fund. In addition, we’re encouraging employees who are concerned about gun violence to get involved. Levi Strauss & Co. provides employees five hours a month (60 hours a year) in paid volunteer time and we recently expanded this to include political activism. We’re encouraging our employees to use their time to make an impact.

    He then writes the obvious cover line, but his treason is apparent in what he writes.

    I’m not here to suggest we repeal the Second Amendment or to suggest that gun owners aren’t responsible. In fact, as a former U.S. Army officer, I took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. But as retired four-star general Michael Hayden once said, “There are some weapons out there that frankly nobody should have access to. And actually, there are some people out there who should never have access to any weapons.”

    Well, Sir, if you took an oath to uphold the Constitution, then you certainly aren’t doing it be seeking to confiscate guns from Americans because that is exactly what “gun control” is all about, confiscation.  And Mr. Bergh’s claim that there are “some weapons out there that frankly nobody should have access to” is irrelevant, as our forefathers simply said the right to keep and bear arms was not to be infringed and no list of arms was made.  That meant there was to be no regulating and no restricting of arms.  My goodness, private warships were held by citizens and used in the service of the US during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson.  I’ll bet Bergh would have a cow over that tody along with many others!

    Shari Dovale at Redoubt News reminds us:

    Levi Strauss has shown in the past several decades that they will jump onboard with any current liberal policies, even to the point of producing ads that cannot be played in the United States due to their suggestive nature.

    https://youtu.be/ghiBKnh4tvM

    Yep, like Virginia Slims, Levi Strauss & Co. have come a long way!

    I won’t boycott them because I have bought their products in decades, but maybe some reading this do.  Speak with your wallet people!  There are far better jeans out there than Levi’s and a whole lot cheaper!


    Contributed by Tim Brown of FreedomOutpost.com

    Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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