Ron Paul Weighs in on Federal Red Flag Legislation

Former Congressman Ron Paul (R - TX) speaks about bipartisan efforts for gun control being considered in Washington. (Photo via screenshot.)

Last month the North Dakota House defeated House Bill 1537— otherwise known as the “Red Flag Bill”. This legislation would have enabled a law enforcement officer to obtain a search warrant and seize an individuals firearm if they submit a sworn affidavit stating that they believe the person is “dangerous and in possession of a firearm”. The devil was in the details of the bill.

In the aftermath of its defeat, we published an article suggesting that we may not have seen the last of Red Flag legislation in North Dakota. That was based off of comments in the floor debate before it was defeated. Outside of this, it appears Americans as a whole may have a much more immediate problem with this issue as Ref Flag is being considered at the federal level.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina) recently told CNN that the Senate Judiciary Committee — of which Graham is chairman — will hold a hearing on gun control legislation on March 26th. It’s expected that this hearing will cover Red Flag Laws that have passed in other states. But that’s not all.

Senator Graham has been a supporter of this kind of gun control in the past. As you can see on his own website, he worked on bipartisan Red Flag legislation with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – Connecticut) after the Parkland shooting last year, but at the time it never gained the traction to become law. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Graham’s ambitions are dead.

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One of the most troublesome aspects to this issue is that Senator Graham isn’t the only high profile Republican to support such awful legislation. Senator Marco Rubio (R – Florida) has proposed similar legislation and even President Trump made his now infamous statement, “take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Today, the Gun Owners of America called Senator Graham’s proposal “the most dangerous bill of the 116th Congress” and urged readers to contact their Senators to oppose such legislation. They’re right in doing so. Those who support Red Flag Laws are deserving of the scorn they incur— and yes, that includes President Trump.

As a consistent voice of reason — and as an advocate of limited government — these developments caused former Congressman Ron Paul (R – TX) to weigh in on the issue during an episode of his Ron Paul Liberty Report today. Needless to say, Americans across the country need to be vigilant by contacting their Senators and urging them oppose Red Flag legislation. Congressman Paul’s video on the subject can be viewed below.


Bipartisan Attacks on the Second Amendment

Bipartisan Attacks on the Second Amendment

Posted by Ron Paul on Tuesday, March 12, 2019



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