BREAKING: Virginia House REPEALS "Red Flag" Laws, Becomes FIRST STATE To Vote To Repeal


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On February 15, the Virginia House of Delegates voted on legislation to repeal so-called "Red Flag" gun laws in the state by a margin of 52-47. The bill, House Bill 509, is the first ever bill to be passed in any legislative chamber in the United States.

According to the NRA, the bill removes the ability for the state government to seize guns without due process, which is also illegal according to the U.S. Constitution. 

The NRA states:

House Bill 509 restores due process protections in Virginia by repealing the so-called “red flag” scheme that allows the seizure of an individual’s firearms on baseless accusations, without a hearing or other opportunity for the person to be heard in court.

A person subject to the suspension of a Constitutional right should be entitled to high evidentiary standards, an opportunity to be heard, and the right to face his or her accusers. Civil liberties advocates from across the political spectrum have expressed concerns about these schemes and how the procedure may lead to abuses, due to insufficient due process protections.

However, states with "Red Flag" laws, such as Maryland, will commonly break into people's homes at all hours of the day and night and seize their guns all because anyone remotely associated with the person made a complaint without their being there to defend themselves.

In Maryland, a SWAT Team initiating a red flag seizure killed a 21-year-old male who was asleep in his bed. The SWAT team decided to open fire into his home to carry out the raid all because a "concerned citizen" claimed he had a gun that was "illegal" for him to own.

The man was asleep with his girlfriend, who was also injured, and his brothers and family members were also present during the event.

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