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Rhode Island Governor Signs Law Allowing Police to Seize Citizens Guns

We’ve seen plenty of media-busting mass shootings before. The outrage is always severe, but so far, the Constitution and our legal system have held intact. Sure, the liberals want to confiscate weapons, but they have been blocked every time, and we’ll keep blocking them. These are the thoughts of the unprepared. In Rhode Island, the assault on liberty has become, and it is ugly.

The Order

On February 26, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order. It begins by noting that Rhode Island enacted a new law just one year ago. That law gave the government the power to prevent convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. She pats herself on the back for this bit of redundancy, since federal law already has this prohibition in place.

From there, Raimondo goes on to list the tragedies of mass shootings dating back a decade. She then admits that Rhode Island has some of the strongest gun control in the country and that it is largely ineffective. All of this builds to the ultimate statement. She has given local and state law enforcement the power to search homes, seize firearms and imprison citizens without due process.

To be more specific, the executive order grants these powers to be used against anyone who is deemed a “red flag” case. The guidelines are succinctly listed. A “red flag” can be assigned to anyone who has made a threat or has a restraining order against them. These can almost be justifiable in extreme cases, but she didn’t stop there.

The items continue to include anyone who open carries or has simply purchased or owns firearms. Anyone flagged will be forced to relinquish their arms and can be sentenced to an indeterminate time spent in a state mental facility. Let’s be very clear about this. By letter of the order, Raimondo has made it legal for the police to completely skip the courts and imprison citizens for the sole crime of owning a firearm. Don’t worry; it gets worse.

The Bill

This executive order is already a grotesque overreach, but Raimondo is pushing to get a bill signed into law. It largely covers the same premises and purpose, but it takes things even farther. In the bill, petitioners can invoke the law to search, seize and imprison fellow citizens. At first, the bill says that only family members who live with the accused can make a formal petition. It then immediately expands those powers to anyone who has a concern.

The bill also explicitly states that the accused (referred to as the respondent) will not be notified of any hearings concerning them until a verdict is reached. That’s right. In Rhode Island, you can lose your freedom and fundamental rights, and you will never be given a chance to defend yourself. There is no jury in the process, and you can be imprisoned for up to a year from a single hearing that you don’t even know is taking place.

As if that wasn’t heinous enough, the bill also allocates funds for an educational program about how to make use of the new red flag system. In case this isn’t clear, Rhode Island is going to use tax dollars for a propaganda campaign to get neighbors and family members to spy on each other and turn each other into the state. This is Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Maoist China at their height.

Due Process

Both the bill and the executive order are an abomination. They clearly violate the 2nd Amendment, but they attack the general nature of the Bill of Rights as a whole. Most importantly, they violate the 6th Amendment. For anyone who is fuzzy, this is the Amendment that guarantees the right to a speedy, public trial by a jury of peers. Rhode Island is pushing to remove the fundamentals of due process, and it revolves around disarming citizens.

If you aren’t chilled to your bones by this, then you aren’t paying attention. This is the maneuver. This is the first thing the socialists have to do to destroy America. They can take our weapons and imprison us all in the same move.

“Don’t worry,” you say. “Rhode Island doesn’t have the authority to overturn the Constitution.” You might think that, but they aren’t leading the pack. These laws are already in effect in California, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut and Indiana. And, you can rest assured that more states will follow.

~ National Gun Network

34 Comments
  1. Don says

    Rhode Island governor has proven that she is a dictator in her own state and wants to spread her “strong woman ” ideals to other states that elect the democrats/communists to power and show that they will crush anyone that seeks to oppose them

  2. Edd Bellett says

    Seig Heil Reimondo !!!

  3. Randy Griner says

    I don’t think Indiana has such a law….if so please cite it for me by code number. My exwife tried something like this because I replied to a FaceBook message from a woman I dated 30 years earlier. I was taken to the hospital and placed in a psych hold. The hold which was for 72 hours, lasted 1.5 hours. Once the doctor spoke with me and did their evaluation, I was released and my gun was returned immediately. My ex had used the time I was in the hospital to take everything in our home and leave the state. I spoke with a neighbor who said that 12 guys loaded a large truck in less then 45 minutes. I still have a great relationship with my step-son and his family (he told me many things about his mom that she had told me completely different)…I am now a multi Millionaire, thanks to Bitcoin, own a 2800 sq.ft. house in an upscale neighborhood, have a guitar collection that numbers 183, own a Dodge Hellcat, a Suzuki Hayabusa, and have a 8 figure bank account….she is homeless living in her youngest daughters basement like a troll! Karma is a bitch; and I am enjoying it! But, if Indiana had a law as you described, I would not have gotten my gun back, or been released with a perfect cognitive score. The prosecutor was fired along with the Detective involved…due to failure to investigate the report. So, I am calling BS on Indiana having such a law…please cite it!

  4. Michael Hughes says

    Is this governor an illegal alien to be so ignorant of the Bill of Rights? Those amendments are there to prevent the government from doing the very thing that she is is making into “law”. If you are really, really enamored of a socialistic/communistic government then go back to the country you love and quit trying to make THIS country into a hell-hole like the ones you were born into.

  5. Retired LEO says

    Sounds unconstitutional to me. Went way over the line.

  6. James Maxwell says

    Same thing that happened in Stalin’s Russia when the Communist took over and also in Hitler’s Nazi
    Germany when they took power to defend them selves from the government and brought on the
    massive slaughter of people in their own countries and around the world. This is but the first step
    in the overthrow of our Constitution and our freedoms by the enemy within our own borders.

  7. Barry says

    She’ll sign it, it’ll be challenged in court and any rational judge will issue a restraining order, followed by years of litigation ending with the Supreme Court saying it violates the Constitution. Millions in tax payer dollars pissed away so she can look good to the credulous fools who think making everyone a sheep makes for a safer country.

  8. Joseph says

    THIS ACTION IS AGAINST EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN. THE FIRST STEPS TO TURNING THIS COUNTRY INTO A DICTATORSHIP. JUST AS THE NAZI’S UNDER HITLER, TAKE THE WEAPONS (GUNS) AWAY AND REMOVE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE USED TO DEFEND AGAINST A GOVERNMENT (NAZI) TAKEOVER.
    STAND YOUR GROUND OR BECOME SLAVES TO THE ELITES,

  9. Mark says

    Sounds like Germany pre world war two

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  11. Colin Teal says

    Where are the free people of RI, Why aren’t they standing up on mass to decry this Stalinist gun grab? The free people of the united states as a whole better wise up and STAND up or every right they have will disappear right under they’re very noses and one day they’ll all wonder what happened! Secrete courts with secrete rulings? People should shudder at this very thought, do the names Mao, Stalin, Hitler ring a bell with anyone? Neighbors spying on neighbors ring a bell with anyone? I have no problem disarming a potential violent sicko, but Due process is a must. Our country was founded on it for Christ sake! Our rights are eroding away one by one and hardly anyone id paying attention! In one of the Star wars movies the princess watches the senate give all authority to a single man as everyone claps and cheers, she says “So this is how democracy dies, among claps and cheers”! A truer thing has never been said!

  12. Jake says

    These gun grabbers are fixing to piss the wrong person off. There is going to be someone that’s going to show up at one of they’re communist loving rally and lay waist to some serious numbers, and he will become a folk hero to patriots. This may shock some but we’re so divided now that civil war will start breaking out and you’ll have to decide, do you love America and the constitution or socialist? It’s fixing to get ugly, and I started saying back during Clinton days that we are going to see another civil war or the USA will be no more, actually thought it was to start earlier but maybe it has?

  13. Ralph De Jr.Laurentis says

    How can this happen? I know that states have an obligation to enact laws that protect their citizens, however when they try to pass laws that are clearly against the Constitution then why the federal government can’t step in. The Fed supersedes the State when it comes to the Constitutionj

  14. Dansplace says

    And the dummiies wonder how and why Trump was elected President!…….These legislators and the governor should be required to wear Swatiska arm bands for identification purposes if they aren’t doing it already!

  15. Chance Gray says

    I’m sure that she gets to keep her guns no matter what.
    This country is the real shit hole.

  16. Dan says

    This is so illegal. The citizens need to rise up even if it gets ugly.

  17. Rowdy says

    this is the crap the libs have been trying to do to the people in our great country and when they succeed then they will be left in control and tell us what to do every day and we will then be a communist run country with no rights of any kind. When they take control we will no longer be free to go where we want, or work where we want or live where we want, and the right of being able to retire will be gone and when you are to sick to work or to injured to work they will just ship you off somewhere to never to be heard of again. Then they will crank up the abortions machines again and flood us with immigrants to replace all of the unborn offspring. The ones that will be raised in this country will be sent to schools that will only dictate to them what they have to believe and do. If this is what you want for your self and your children and grand children then let that governor sign that nightmare into law and you let her sign your life away.

  18. Charlie says

    Tyrannical moves such as stated in article are why our founding fathers gave We the People the Second Amendment and all of the Natural ( God given not government given ) Rights . RI legislation branch & judiciary branch need to stop their executive branch’s abuse of granted powers given to said public servant . If neither of the other branches of public servants do not act then citizens of RI need to take any and all legal actions needed to stop said tyrannical political public servant .

  19. Gerry says

    Revolutionary War II is on the horizon if these gun-grabbing PsOS politicians don’t get booted out of office. ASAP !!!!!!!

  20. Norman Cook says

    Wow, I thought Oregon went too far, but that is really bad. Pitting family against each other in a moment of anger or neighbor against neighbor over trivia is the possible end result. We the people need to find common sense solutions somehow. Good Luck to us all.

  21. Munge says

    One law suite in federal court should kill these unconstitutional laws and eo’s.

  22. Richard Saunders says

    She should be arrested and her property and office searched. Weather she owns a firearm or not , she controls an armed police force and National guard that jumps when she says jump. No immunity – what’s good for 1 should be good for all.

  23. Arlin B. McCourt says

    There are those of us who have fought and gave up thier lives and those of who have fought and lived so that we can have arms or guns and no state should be able to take our guns from poeple who have the right to bear arms as the 2nd Amendment gives us and I servied for 20 yrs for that right

  24. Lorne Bain says

    That’s fucked up…

  25. lori says

    its very scary

  26. T. Puleo says

    This is down right outrageous. It appears the USA is headed to another civil war. The Americans who believe and live by the Constitution and it’s Amendments need to stand up and say NO, what ever that takes. Our forefathers and military men and women would have and are now giving up their lives for nothing. This country was built on these laws and beliefs which kept our freedom.

  27. Jeremy Wales says

    I guess I’m old school and still believe an attack on one state is an attack on all. Final answer.

  28. boone1 says

    A CIVIL WAR WILL TAKE CARE OF THESE COMMUNIST.

  29. Ken Lee says

    Great article. When in the Hell are Americans going to wake up!! This woman by her own actions is proof she is either crazy, thick as a brick stupid or sly as a fox. She does remind me of the queen of hearts. That takes care of doors #1 & 2. But door #3 sly as a fox fits the best with the photo of her shouting to all her subjects “Follow me, We’re going to socialism.” “Trust me, you’ll like it”. She doesn’t need a gun. In the picture, how many guns are posed in battery behind her? Just so she can stand on the front steps of her castle and wave to the lowly piss ants. Oops sorry, I meant lowly peasants. Actually I think all three doors fit her to a tee. Makes me want to puke. WAKE UP AMERICA ! Giving up your liberty for perceived safety is a very bad trade. Who put this communist in office in the first place? You did, well then you deserve her. What really pisses me off is your cowardice stops you from moving to another country to live in. You have the whole planet to choose from. literally thousands of dictators to serve and die for. But nohhh, you hate my country so much you can’t resist ripping it apart until it looks like down town Somalia, You can go to Hell, straight to Hell. Do not pass Go do not collect $200.

  30. Laurie A Gervaise says

    I believe that this leaves them and her wide open for lawsuits, as well it should. She is stepping all over people’s rights and the people as well as the NRA need to push back hard. Anyone that would give up even a small part of their rights so the government can protect them ,are idiots. Just ask N.K., Russia, China,Japan,Germany etc etc.

  31. MedicJoe says

    Typical. Socialist/Communist/NWO, bleeding heart, far left wing Nazis took power. THEY say the right are Nazis. BUT this is the EXACT same way Hitler took power. Stalin took power. ALL communist/socialist/Fascists took power from the people in this EXACT fashion. Have family turn each other in. Have neighbors do the same. Next is destroy the economy, then offer rewards for turning in your family. So you can eat. This is textbook control and take over. 100% against the constitution. But the Demonrats push for this. I the right doesn’t fight with everything we have. The USA is finished.

  32. David says

    I have always said , if the gun grabbers com to my house, they will get what comes out of the barrel. Believe me when I tell you, my neighbors feel the same way. We support our rights to own guns and believe in the 2nd Amendment We will all be outlaws and then we will be going after the governor as well.

  33. TomSJr says

    American citizens NEED and MUST tell others about RI and their ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws against the 2nd Amendment. Not only that, RI citizens who love their legal Constitutional 2nd Amendment guns need to file a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT again Rhode Island and their idiotic Governor. If you do not, you will be under TYRANNY in a free country. You need to set a precedent for other states.

  34. CaptTurbo says

    George Orwell had it right.

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