Police Kill Maryland Citizen During “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation


Police Kill Maryland Citizen During “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation

Under so-called “red flag laws,” police can and do steal firearms from Americans without any sort of evidence of wrongdoing and without even charging them with a crime. As I reported in August, more than 450 people in Florida had been stripped of their guns in just a few months under the Republican-passed anti-gun package that allows the legalized theft of firearms from people who have committed no crimes.

During a similar event in Maryland, a citizen was killed by police when he refused to hand over his firearms. You should have heard about this on every new source… but I doubt you did. In today’s America, liberty is becoming a rarity only insisted upon by a radical few — who are being aggressively persecuted by those who prefer to expand government power.

That’s how it looks from here, anyhow.

In this event, a relative had requested an “emergency risk protection order” against 60-year-old Gary J. Willis, and it was granted. When police showed up at his door a little after 5:00 in the morning, he naturally answered the door with a gun in his hand. After all, he’d just been woken from a sound sleep by someone at his door in the early morning. And not being a criminal, why would he expect to find police at his door?

But he did. And he reportedly laid the gun down when he realized he was dealing with police.

After police said they were there to take all of his guns, he became upset. Wouldn’t you? And then he made a terrible mistake: He picked up his gun.

‘A fight ensued over the gun,’ said Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a police spokeswoman.

One of the officers struggled to take the gun from Willis, and during the struggle the gun fired but did not strike anyone, police said. At that point, the other officer fatally shot Willis, police said.

Neither officer was injured, police said, and neither of their names was released.

The dead man’s niece was befuddled as to why anyone would consider her uncle dangerous, and said the request for the court order was “family being family.” From this we may assume the family member who requested the order was just being mean or spiteful to Mr. Willis, but the article says the niece didn’t provide further details.

She said her uncle ‘likes to speak his mind,’ but she described him as harmless.

‘I’m just dumbfounded right now,’ she said. ‘My uncle wouldn’t hurt anybody.’


She and other family members stood down the street in the rain while waiting for police to let family members into the home Monday morning — in part to retrieve two dogs and a cat still inside.

Willis said the officers should have continued to negotiate with her uncle.

‘They didn’t need to do what they did,’ she said.

Of course they didn’t. Mr. Willis was not a criminal until the system turned him into one. His only apparent crime was not willingly bending to the forcible and unjustified removal of valuable possessions from his home.

Remember how proponents of “common sense gun laws” tell you they’re not coming for your guns? Well, maybe not yet…

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