Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a new piece of gun control legislation into law on August 29 that allows the government to confiscate any citizen’s gun if the government believes that citizen is deemed by the government to be “an imminent threat to themselves or others.”
The legislation itself is Senate Bill 719, which specifically says the government may remove “any instrument, article or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death or serious physical injury,” or more specifically “a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded” from a premises if a “law enforcement officer or family member” petitions the government requesting the government take the weapons away.
According to the text of the bill, someone can petition the Oregon courts to confiscate guns if the victim of the confiscation has a history of suicidal thoughts or behavior, has ever threatened someone else with physical force, or has a previous conviction for a slew of crimes including “unlawful use of controlled substance,” meaning Oregonians who have broken even the most modest of laws, such as someone arrested for possession of marijuana before it was legalized in the state, could potentially have their Second Amendment rights revoked.
Oregon Live reports that only one Republican supported the gun confiscation bill, and Republican legislators Rep. Bill Post and Rep. Mike Nearman are already launching a “ballot measure campaign to get the law repealed.”
Via Oregon Live:
“The bill got nationwide attention — and criticism — in much of the right-leaning press. Conservative site Silence is Consent called the law ‘an unprecedented move of ruthless tyranny’ and declared that “Oregon is no longer a free state” because of it. Gun proponent site 2ANews criticized the bill as overstepping gun owners’ rights and labeled its one Republican supporter, Dallas Senator Brian Boquist, a ‘token Republican.'”
The law’s supporters, including Boquist, have said extreme risk protection orders may help prevent shooting sprees and suicides. Critics worry that courts and law enforcement officials will abuse the power to confiscate firearms.”
If a petition for gun confiscation is heard and accepted by an Oregon court, the person on the receiving end of the confiscation order has very little time to cooperate with the law and fully give up their Second Amendment rights.
From the article:
“If an order has been issued, the person subject to it has 24 hours to “surrender all deadly weapons” in their possession to a local law enforcement agency, gun dealer or a qualified third party. The order lasts for one year, unless the person subject to the order requests a hearing to contest the order and it’s overturned by a judge, or the original petitioner asks for the order to be revoked.”
Naturally, leftists are heralding this as a massive victory for the incredibly misguided cause of gun control, while Republicans across the country are taking to social media to express their disgust and fury.
— 나의 투쟁 Old Boy Nate (@Kimcheezus) August 25, 2017
Oregon Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Law, Violates 2nd and 14th Amendments. https://t.co/l7A53DyaNm
— Eric Thompson Show (@ETTalkShow) August 25, 2017
BREAKING: Gun Confiscation Bill Signed Into Law
The governor of Oregon signed Democrat supported gun control legislation
— Joyce Ramgatie (@JoyceRamgatie2) August 19, 2017
If gun control works why isn’t California safer than Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, or Arizona?
— Harvey Mosley (@harveymosleyjr) August 11, 2017
As for our take at Department of Memes, we would simply note that Alex Jones once said, “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”