New Bill in Oklahoma Bans “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Laws

   05.21.20

New Bill in Oklahoma Bans “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Laws

Two days ago, Oklahoma reportedly did a good thing: the legislature & governor banned so-called “red flag” gun confiscation laws.

It’s a first for any state of the USA, and the direct opposite of the moronic and oppressive approach taken by my own state government here in Florida, which enacted and strictly enforces a “red flag” law which allows law enforcement to steal guns from citizens without due process.

Donald Trump has spoken out in support of such laws, saying he preferred to “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

From the article about the new Oklahoma law:

[Rep. Jay] Steagall said this is the nation’s first “anti-red flag” law.

More than a dozen states have enacted “red flag” laws. Oklahoma is not one of them.

The U.S. Constitution prevents states from nullifying federal laws, but both Dahm and Steagall said they were concerned about the possibility of the federal government enacting such a law or offering grants to states or localities to implement “red flag” policies.

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The proposed red flag law ban in Oklahoma preempts any local red flag law, and instead places the power to implement any such laws in the hands of the state legislature. That should end any threat of red flag laws in the state at the moment, but the law could face a court challenge if an anti-gun president or Congress approved grants to localities that adopt such measures in the future.

From what I read, it also allows future anti-liberty legislators to enact a statewide “red flag” law. Here’s hoping that never happens.

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