This is an important action alert: Congressional Republicans are resurrecting their gun confiscation legislation!
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been working on a new gun confiscation bill for weeks. The bill — the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019 — was actually written by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But since Graham is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he is the one tweaking it and trying to bring together enough votes to pass it.
Back in March, we received word that Graham was going to try to push it through. With your help, we buried Congress in close to a half million FaxBlasts demanding that they kill the bill. It worked. Graham didn't bring the legislation to a vote in the committee. It looked like we had won.
Now, three months later, the bill is being resurrected. Graham is once again negotiating with Democrats to try to push this gun confiscation bill through.
Why? Well, Graham just kicked off his re-election campaign. Graham isn't worried about the primary challengers. But he is worried about his Democrat opponent, Jaime Harrison, who has been fundraising like crazy.
Graham, like so many Establishment Republicans, believes that the way to win re-election is to "do something" on gun control.
And his plan to "do something" is to create a nationwide gun confiscation program!
If the government wants to disarm an American citizen, they need to prove in a Court of Law that someone deserves to be disarmed. That usually requires prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is a criminal or mentally defective. This is what due process looks like. If the government can't prove you did something wrong, they can't take away your constitutionally protected rights.
Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio's Extreme Risk Protection Order bill flips this upside down. Instead of the government having to prove you are guilty, they would only need to accuse you of being a criminal or mentally ill.
The legislation would allow prosecutors to use testimony from family members and friends to convince a judge that a gun owner poses a threat to society. No evidence is presented in these hearings… only hearsay. And the suspect isn't allowed to attend these hearings. The whole thing is kept a secret. The first time that a gun owner realizes he is being targeted is when police are banging on his front door with a confiscation warrant…
Make no mistake: this bill is about confiscating guns from innocent Americans. These people haven't been convicted, or let alone even charged with a crime. They are innocent.
That is what makes this more dangerous than any other anti-gun bill being proposed in Congress. It would give vengeful and spiteful spouses, exes, family members, and neighbors the power to disarm gun owners. It would allow police and prosecutors to target gun owners without even having to charge them with a crime!
Instead of forcing the government to prove someone's guilt, this bill flips the burden of proof upside down and forces the disarmed gun owner to prove their innocence instead. "Innocent until proven guilty" would no longer apply to gun owners…
We are already seeing this new power being weaponized in states like Maryland and Florida. Hundreds of confiscation orders have already been issued in these states. Last November, a 61-year-old man was killed during a confiscation raid in Maryland. He didn't break the law. He wasn't mentally ill. But he got into an argument with a family member and she reportedly turned him in to police to get even. He was shot dead in his own doorway when he refused to surrender his gun collection…
We warned that if these laws went into effect, people would die. Now, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham want to take this radical law nationwide!
The GOP is terrified. They are convinced that the only way they can hold onto their power is to "do something" on gun control. They have spent the two years trying to figure out a way to make gun control advocates happy without losing support from conservatives.
They think this bill will do just that. They are literally trying to give away your gun rights so they can hold onto their political power.
And now, Graham's office is saying they have the votes to push this through. Donald Trump has already promised to sign this bill if it reaches his desk.
Please, do not let these cowards get away with this! Do not let them pass this confiscation bill!
Fight back now before there's nothing left,