Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in.
These bills would allow families and ”others” to get a gun-violence restraining order against an allegedly unstable person. There would be no requirement for a professional determination of a mental illness. The judicial order would require the surrender of all weapons (knives and BB guns included) to the police for an undeterminant (read: permanent) period. It would also prohibit the purchase of any firearm. States would be “incentivized” through grants to “ensure that law enforcement makes full use of all existing gun registries when assessing a tip, warning or request from a concerned family member or other close associate.” It would pay the state to act upon every allegation, regardless of merit. A state official, after reviewing internet traffic, could be the accuser; a nice, tidy package.
The threat to individual liberties is blatantly obvious. Anger a coworker, annoy a neighbor, worry a hypersensitive relative, question a government bureaucrat? The next step might well be the courtroom. And just who will determine what behaviors are suspicious? Here in Cali, a man was held for psychiatric evaluation partly because he had an "insane" amount of ammunition: 5,000 rounds. In our world, that's a good day at a gun show. And we've had really good days before. Dang those deals on .22LR; wish I had been more "insane".
Backers state that the proposed law would work like the existing domestic violence restraining orders. That is NOT a good precedence, as unfounded allegations of domestic and child abuse have become the standard tools of divorce attorneys. A judge's Order of Protection is all but a certainty, regardless of the evidence or the lack of same. There is little protection for the accused; a perjury charge for false allegations is almost unknown. Similar abuses could be expected for gun restraining orders.
If you value your freedoms, don’t want to be subject to a J’accuse! from any direction, or put at the mercy of an increasingly politicized legal system and judiciary, these bills should be opposed NOW!