Governors willing to disarm their constituents would be eligible for federal grant money under Marco Rubio’s bill

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A bill sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio would make federal grant money available to states whose Governors sign gun confiscation bills into law.

S.7 , also known as the Extreme Risk Protection and Violence Prevention Act of 2019 contains a Violence Prevention Grant Program provision. Under Section 3043 a state is eligible for grant money after the state Governor signs a gun confiscation bill into law.

(photo credit: Senator Rubio website)

Here’s the relevant provision:

(A) IN GENERAL.—A covered State or Indian tribe shall be eligible to receive a grant under this section during the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this part.

“(B) COVERED STATE OR INDIAN TRIBE.—In this paragraph, the term ‘covered State or Indian tribe’ means a State or Indian tribe that, before the date of enactment of this part, enacted legislation that—

“(i) authorizes the issuance of a gun violence restraining order or extreme risk protection order similar to a violence prevention order described in this part; and

“(ii) requires a standard of proof for the issuance of a gun violence restraining order or extreme risk protection order described in clause (i) that is substantially similar to the standard of proof required under this part.

Extreme risk protection orders known as “red-flag laws” are used by neighbors or family members who have a FEELING about their relative and convince local law enforcement to confiscate the guns of people who have broken no laws. Guns seized as a result of dishonest and vindictive family members with a grudge in order to gain the upper hand in a divorce, child custody or eviction proceeding only show how dangerous this type of law is.

SB 7026, the gun confiscation bill signed into law in 2018 by former Florida Governor Rick Scott, allows one party to petition a judge for a gun confiscation order by way of a secret hearing the respondent party has no opportunity to attend. A second provision in the law requires law enforcement to provide a chain of custody-type receipt (with the gun make, model and serial number) to the owner of the confiscated firearm in addition to mandating the surrender of the individuals Florida concealed weapons permit.

Which all sounds an awful lot like a civil asset forfeiture-type property confiscation, resulting in a seizure of your firearm until you scrape up enough money to hire an attorney and present it to the judge to retrieve your property.

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