Beginning January 1, police in California will be able to confiscate people’s guns without warning.
The law, AB 1014, was actually passed and signed by “Governor Moonbeam,” Jerry Brown, back in 2014, but is only now taking effect.
The cover for the confiscations will be “government violence restraining orders.”
GVROs will be issued by judges if a family member or government official swears that a person is a potential threat to himself or others.
The orders can be issued without a gun owner being present, and police will be free to act on the orders without giving any prior notice.
A gun owner need not have been convicted of any violent crime or been committed to a mental health facility for an order to be issued by a judge.
Under the law, the orders may be issued when “there is a substantial likelihood that the subject of the petition poses a significant danger of harm to himself, herself, or another in the near future by having in his or her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm and that the order is necessary to prevent personal injury to himself, herself, or another, as specified.”
The gun grabbers who have promoted the law have tried to sell it as being “only temporary.” But just like “temporary” taxes, there are provisions for extending the orders.
Initial orders will require a hearing within 21 days of guns being confiscated to determine whether a restraining order should be issued for one year.
At such a hearing, which is the only chance a person has to appeal to terminate the order, the law requires the person whose guns have been taken to prove that “there is no longer clear and convincing evidence” that he is a danger.
The law also provides that family members or police may request an extension of the year-long restraining order within three months of its expiration.
Oh yeah, that will never be abused.
There are other choice little tyrannies included in the law, such as the fact that if your guns have been taken and you are found to have so much as touched a gun while under the order, your gun rights will be taken away for an automatic additional five years after the expiration of the existing order.
Then there is the requirement that hospitals, mental health facilities and even private therapists fork over information on gun owners to the Department of Justice, which it can use to “determine eligibility of a person to acquire, carry, or possess firearms.”
Like other enablers of fascism, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore glosses over the obvious complete circumventing of the Second Amendment. He said, “The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will.”
A “time out” that could extend for years, potentially in perpetuity.
You’ll note the language normally reserved for correction of little children, because that’s how the power elites view average citizens, as children who must be controlled. (Ironically, the actual children of the Left usually run rampant.)
This law is blatant violation of Americans’ constitutional rights. There’s no two ways about it. Regardless of any “intent” to protect domestic violence victims or whatever the excuse, it should not stand.
And yet, here we are.
The only two pertinent questions are how big will the gun grabbing spree be, and will anyone be able to stop it?