The fight for gun control is strenuous and constant. While the mainstream liberal narrative will ebb and rise in fervor for seizing guns, the dedicated sects within never relent. They have seized firearms in cities and states across the country for decades. Worse, no defeat ever seems to discourage them. They just try again.
While that tenacity deserves praise, their goals are wholly destructive to the security of this great nation. Within that battlefront, 2nd Amendment advocates have seen a win and loss within the last few weeks.
Oregon shocked the world. The Supreme Court killed a proposal that wanted to regulate most semi-automatic guns in the state. It was a proposal named IP 43, and it needed to meet a signature/petition requirement by July 6 to make it to state ballots. The state’s Supreme Court kicked the referendum back to the Attorney General because they found multiple problems with the language used.
The primary focus of the proposal was to regulate “assault weapon” sales and ownership in Oregon. The Supreme Court rightly ruled that this language is too vague. Voters could draw wildly different conclusions as to what constitutes an “assault weapon” and thus it is not ballot-appropriate.
Along those same lines, they also identified loose language with the term “high-capacity magazine.” Once again, generalized definitions are not clear, and a high-capacity magazine has no exact number of rounds.
The best news of all is that the kickback happened at the worst possible timing for this referendum. They have to rewrite the proposal and gain a brand new 80,000+ signatures by the 6th. If they can’t, then the proposal will not be on Oregon ballots this year. That’s a big win for gun owners in one of the most liberal states in the country.
But, it isn’t all good news. Delaware just past a disturbing gun-seizure law. While they aren’t the ultimate bastion of freedom in the country, Delaware has clearly crossed a line. The governor signed the new law at the end of June. It expressly allows law enforcement to seize firearms from anyone “deemed a danger to themselves or others in Delaware.”
That’s already problematic, but the way the law works is downright frightening. Family members and/or law enforcement can file an order to seize guns from an individual. When that happens, the guns can be legally seized right away. Only after this occurs do targeted individuals have the right to petition against the seizure.
Let’s clarify. If someone wants to take your guns in Delaware, they need only accuse you of being dangerous. As soon as that happens, you get raided. You have no opportunity to defend yourself in a court of law. You have no rights. Due process is completely ignored.
After the fact, you can petition to get your guns back, but the law enforcement agency that took your guns is under no obligation to comply. The law protects them from forfeiture liability, so if the weapons are damaged or “lost,” you have no legal recourse.
Oregon’s victory will be short lived. The liberals still own the state and they’ll try again with a reworded petition. It’s only a matter of time before another outrageous anti-gun proposal makes it to the ballot.
As for Delaware, we can only hope that the law will be challenged and pushed to higher courts. No one in the state legislature had any qualms with destroying due process — much less assaulting the 2nd Amendment. If that law is eventually brought before the Supreme Court, there’s a fair chance it will die, but that’s no excuse for complacency.
It’s easy for gun owners to feel safe when Congress and the President are on their side. We can’t trust that protection. First, we need to vote in November. The Democrats have promised wholeheartedly to come for our guns if they win.
Even if they don’t, they’ll push this war in every state and local branch of government. They’ve had success in pockets all over the country, and they will never abandon their determination to fully dominate your life.
The only way forward is to continue to battle them at every juncture. Stay active in your community. There are some truly great organizations working to assemble 2nd Amendment advocates throughout the nation. Use them. If not, the police state of Delaware will only be the beginning.
~ American Gun News