By: Frank Salvato
Progressive presidential candidate Kamala Harris has suggested that if elected President of the United States she would propose and support “red flag law” legislation that would create “domestic terrorism prevention orders”; allowing law enforcement to temporarily restrict a person’s access to legally owned weapons should they feel the person is a danger. Aside from the obvious Second Amendment issue, there is another disturbing thing happening here.
According to USA Today, Harris proposes to create:
“…‘domestic terrorism prevention orders’ that would give law enforcement and family members of suspected white nationalists or domestic terrorists the ability to petition a federal court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns if the person exhibits clear evidence of being a danger.” (Emphasis mine)
As an aside, the “red-flag law” proposals – as well as those in existence – targeting legal gun ownership are tantamount to redundant where mental capacity is concerned. Many states have enacted legislation that mirrors Florida’s Mental Health Act, or Baker Act, allowing for the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, and/or mental health professionals. The person must satisfy two requirements: 1) be suspected of having a mental illness; 2) present as a danger of becoming a harm to self, harm to others, or is self-neglectful.