“Red Flag” laws that target gun owners who are secretly alleged be a danger to themselves or others are one of the new gun confiscation fads.
Red Flag laws, sometimes called "extreme risk protection orders" would let judges issue temporary warrants to take guns away from someone if a law enforcement investigation finds a “substantial risk” of harm. The subject of the order would then have to surrender any guns to law enforcement or a third party.
Sounds reasonable, as gun confiscation laws often do, but here’s how it worked in Maryland.
Answering a 5:00 a.m. knock on his door, Gary J. Willis, a 61-year-old resident of Maryland, was shot and killed by police when they were attempting to confiscate his firearms under the state’s “Red Flag” law.
Now, by introducing S. 7, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida wants to impose nationwide the same dangerous regime that got Mr. Willis killed.
Calling the bill a “bill to provide family members of an individual who they fear is a danger to himself, herself, or others, or law enforcement, with new tools to prevent gun violence,” the full text of the legislation isn’t even available to the public, but it has already been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.