As Democrats try harder to break out from an over-stuffed field of Presidential candidates, more damning and unconstitutional gun control promises keep being made. Senator Kamala Harris renewed and expanded upon her pledge to use executive action to institute more gun control should she win the White House.
Sen. Harris (D-CA) tweeted July 13: “Gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men in America. We must stop this. When president, I will take executive action to ensure guns do not fall into the wrong hands.”
Harris Tells Congress to Act, or She Will
Harris previously said on April 22, 2019 that she would give Congress 100 days to pass new gun control if she were elected President in 2020. If Congress were to fail, Harris has pledged to use executive action to require private background checks for all gun sales in the country.
This action would not ban any firearms or impose real restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. It does, however, illustrate this Presidential candidate’s willingness to supersede Congress and the Constitution to impose Federal gun laws based on conjecture and opinion and without due process.
Harris also said she’d use executive action to ban the importation of AR-15s – never mind that such importation has been blocked since 1989 and all AR-15s in the country are now built and bought within the U.S.’s borders. Little more needs to be said about a potential President who not only unilaterally and emotionally passes sweeping Federal gun laws without Congress’s approval, but who has little to no knowledge of well-established gun laws that were ratified long ago.
Hawaii Bans Adults 21 and Under from Bringing Guns into State
In other news, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed new laws forbidding any American under the age of 21 from bringing a firearm into the state. Gov. Ig also made it easier for authorities to seize firearms from individuals without any due process or trial.
Hawaii Bill SB 600 prohibits any individual under 21 from bringing their guns to Hawaii should they travel or move there. Hawaii hosts major military installations, with more than 36,000 active duty personnel stationed there in 2018. Over 10% of the U.S. armed forces are under the age of 21. SB 600 effectively restricts the rights of thousands of military personnel – who have been issued a service rifle and took an oath to defend the Constitution – from traveling with their own firearms.
But Gov. Ige didn’t stop there. Bill SB 1466 was also signed, enacting Red Flag laws which allow co-workers, educators, family and friends to report any “potentially dangerous” gun owner for temporary gun confiscation. Getting someone’s gun confiscated merely requires any individual to file a a so-called Gun Violence Protective Order.
SB 1466 allow confiscation for one year and places the burden of proof on the gun owner. Those who report a gun owner for confiscation can file an extension that keeps the order in place for greater than one year. Daniel Reid, an NRA lobbyist for the state, responded in kind: “SB 1466 would allow for certain protective orders to remove your Second Amendment rights – not because of a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on third-party allegations and evidentiary standards below those normally required for removing constitutional rights.”