I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and as a state senator I’ll vote to uphold our right to keep and bear arms.
One recent gun control proposal that seems to be gaining ground is the idea of “red flag laws.” These are laws that are essentially designed to take away guns from a dangerous person, before they can harm themselves or others. While this sounds good in theory, these laws violate our basic right to due process. These laws essentially turn our system of justice on its head, making everyone guilty until proven innocent. Under these laws, judges can sign an order allowing the police to confiscate the guns of a person deemed “dangerous,” and then that person must go to court and convince the judge that he/she isn’t insane, in order to get his/her guns back. This is completely contrary to the way in which our system of justice is currently structured, where everyone is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. The 5th Amendment states that “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law,” and red flag laws deprive people of property without full due process of law. In total, red flag laws violate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments of the Constitution. Anyone who advocates for red flag laws is essentially advocating the repeal of at least half of the Bill of Rights. As a state senator, I’ll fight against red flag gun confiscation proposals and will fight to uphold the 2nd Amendment.