On Saturday, President Biden signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades, including multiple “red flag” provisions that endanger the second amendment rights of Americans.
“God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said as he finished signing the bill.
The 80-page bill was released Tuesday evening and includes expanded background checks for gun buyers under 21, provides grants for states that implement red flag laws, and offers additional funding for school safety measures and mental health services.
The measure also creates penalties for straw purchases of firearms, requires more gun sellers to register as Federally Licensed Firearm Dealers, and closes the so-called boyfriend loophole by prohibiting gun access for people convicted of domestic abuse against an intimate partner.
The most significant concern in the bill is the “red flag” gun laws that would allow officials to bypass Second Amendment rights and remove a gun from anyone they feel might be a threat. It is a death blow to due process and flips the judicial standard of innocent until proven guilty.
Under the red flag laws, a person is presumed guilty until otherwise deemed innocent. Under the process, a person is penalized by having their Second Amendment rights revoked and their gun confiscated for a reason as simple as posting a photo of a firearm on their social media. If a person reported that post and expressed any concern about the person’s mental state, their gun(s) would be removed by law enforcement.
Here’s how Red Flag Laws would actually work. If you’ve been watching for the last two years you know this is exactly how the radical left would weaponize these “laws” against law abiding Americans. pic.twitter.com/LQI5U562HC
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 17, 2022
A Twitter post from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf showed a flow chart of how a red flag law would work. In his example, a woman sees something that bothers her on social media; she reports the offender to the police, then his guns get taken away.
Self-appointed law enforcement scanning social media cannot be the absurd arbiters of the Second Amendment.
Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically.
Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary. pic.twitter.com/IVPHgbrvhD
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 16, 2022
The initial legislation proposal was passed this week with the support of 14 members of the GOP, who have flipped support to follow the crowd of Democrats who want to remove the rights of gun owners nationwide.