Well, I don’t want to say I told you so… but I told you so…
This morning I, along with many other grassroots activists, attended the hearing for the first blatantly fraudulent “Red Flagging.”
I’m no attorney, but what I saw this morning in a courtroom in Fort Collins made a complete laughing stock out of our Second Amendment rights.
In case you hadn’t heard, a Fort Collins woman named Susan Holmes filed a Red Flag order against the CSU police officer who had shot her suicidal, knife-wielding 19-year-old son 2 ½ years ago. That officer was completely cleared on the shooting (if you watch the bodycam footage you’ll hear the officer repeatedly plead with Holmes to put the knife down).
The “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law allows law enforcement, a family member, or household resident to petition to have a person's firearms removed if they are deemed by a judge to be a threat to themselves or others.
Now, as predicted when we debated this bill in the legislature, the process is a mess.
But the District Court judge limited the discussion to two issues: standing and residency.
The court wanted to discuss the standing of Holmes, claiming that she and the defendant had a child in common because they, in fact, do not.
The court also wanted to consider residency because the defendant (the CSU police officer) wasn’t even a resident of Larimer County.
You see, what Holmes did is what we have been saying was going to happen all along…
...Disgruntled people using the law maliciously to disarm someone.
In other words, Red Flags laws are meant for revenge!
They’ll be used over and over as a tool to get revenge.
Most often, it will be against a current or ex-spouse, or even boyfriend/girlfriend.
But in this case, there wasn’t even that connection.
During the discussion, the judge found Holmes and the officer did not have a child in common and dismissed the case.
While justice prevailed (this time), here are some key takeaways:
When debated in the legislature, RMGO repeatedly warned there must be penalties for anyone abusing Red Flag orders, or it would become a free-for-all.
Once it was all said and done, I, for one, had some words for Mrs. Holmes… I felt like I needed to thank her for proving us right the whole time. Check out the video below.
As you know, RMGO has a lawsuit against the “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law and how it was passed. Clearly, that ruling can’t come soon enough.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
P.S – Today proved what I had known all along… This law would be weaponized in efforts to disarm lawful gun owners across our great state.