The resistance movement exists because people are, quite reasonably, scared. The government continues on its unbridled march towards tyranny, and with each step, the pace quickens. Our movement exists not as a provocation, but as a statement. We will not comply with contemporary laws that run contrary to the rights we are already guaranteed.
For that, people have wondered if we’re crazy. “Come on, do you really foresee some kind of gun confiscation?” Yes, we do. It turns out that we were right.
Confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms is occurring. Citizens in New York State are having their firearm permits and firearms confiscated by officials under the pretense of public safety.
Citizens of the Empire State who have been prescribed psychotropic drugs are having their rights and their means of protection stripped away. Drugs that treat depression, anxiety or various mild mood conditions are prescribed to many people and regardless of the absence of suicidal thoughts or any serious indicators, officials have begun to write patients in several New York counties, demanding that they surrender their licenses, firearms and any firearm accessories.
The nature of this confiscation has been kept pretty quiet, as most mass nefarious governmental deeds often are. It’s been reported that the government is comparing confidential medical records with lists of licensed gun owners, a massive violation of HIPAA practices.
If this is true, even a legal layman can identify the obvious 2nd, 4th and 5th amendment violations.
The NY SAFE Law outlines their intentions:
The NY SAFE Act is designed to remove firearms from those who seek to do harm to themselves or others. This means keeping the minority of individuals with serious mental illness who may be dangerous away from access to firearms. This law should not dissuade any individual from seeking mental health services they need.
This issue came to a head as a New York man who has exhibited no signs of danger to himself or others was told to surrender his weapons. According to the Blaze,
On April 1st, a legal gun owner in upstate New York reportedly received an official notice from the state ordering him to surrender any and all weapons to his local police department. The note said that the person’s permit to own a gun in New York was being suspended as well. The gun owner contacted attorney Jim Tresmond (a specialist in gun laws in New York) and the two visited the local police precinct.
Mr. Tresmond reportedly went into the precinct and informed the officers that his client, waiting in the parking lot, was coming in to voluntarily surrender his weapons as requested. The local police were aware of the letter because they had already been contacted by the State Police. Apparently, if people do not respond to the initial mailing, local law enforcement is authorized to visit the gun owner at their home and demand the surrender of the firearms. In this case, the gun owner followed the request as written. The guns and permits were handed over and a receipt given to the client.
The Second Amendment claims that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” This right has been affirmed as an individual right in Heller. In McDonald V. Chicago, the individual right in the Second Amendment was affirmed as extending to the states.
With this gun confiscation in effect, it will be interested to see anyone try and explain how the uninfringeable right to individual firearm ownership is not being violated when someone not only must obtain a permit to exercise said right, but must also endure arbitrary roundups that require hearings and lawyers to see if the citizen will be allowed to exercise their right.
So why are we so adamant about resisting unconstitutional gun laws? Because we have reached a point where the state is literally confiscating legally-owned firearms from citizens who they do not want to see armed.
It is as alarming as it is disgusting.