Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) once admitted that if she could round up guns by telling Mr. and Mrs. America to turn ’em in, she would. But there’s that matter of the U.S. Constitution. Since no politician can unilaterally put an end to gun ownership in one giant step, they instead resort to smaller incremental steps in a long-term strategy to do the same thing, like Obama’s eleventh-hour ammunition ban that Trump reversed last week.
Another attempt at the clandestine erosion of our Second Amendment rights is underway in Illinois. (Note, these things happen almost exclusively in cities and states run by liberals.)
In one of the least gun-friendly states in America, yet home to our leading death-by-gunshot city (Chicago), Illinois liberals like liberals everywhere persist in their belief that the cure for gun violence is to continually make gun ownership more and more illegal, never connecting the dots that criminals are called that for a reason –they break laws– so continually adding more laws has no effect on them.
A bill has been introduced by Democrats in the Illinois state legislature that would allow authorities to confiscate firearms based solely on a petition by a family member or law enforcement officer stating the person is an immediate danger to himself or others. You read right. If the cops say, “You’re a danger to yourself,” they can take it.
Illinois Senate Bill 1291 reads, in part:
“Creates the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act. Provides that a petitioner may request an emergency lethal violence order of protection by filing an affidavit or verified pleading alleging that the respondent poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having in his or her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. Provides that the petition shall also describe the type, and location of any firearm or firearms presently believed by the petitioner to be possessed or controlled by the respondent.
Provides that the petitioner may be a family member of the respondent or a law enforcement officer, who files a petition alleging that the respondent poses a danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having in his or her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. Establishes factors that the court must consider before issuing a lethal violence order of protection.
Provides for the issuance of ex parte orders and one year orders. Provides that if the court issues the order the respondent must: (1) refrain from having in his or her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving additional firearms for the duration of the order; and (2) turn over to the local law enforcement agency any firearm, Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, or concealed carry license in his or her possession.”
So under this bill, a resident of Illinois could have his/her firearm(s) confiscated if a law enforcement officer tells the courts that the person in question is a danger to himself. They need only to file a petition.
Another way of saying, “Turn ’em in, Mr. and Mrs. America.”
[This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]