Justice Department Creates Red Flag Confiscation Law Resource Center

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Red flag confiscation laws, sometimes known by their more genteel moniker, extreme risk protection orders, are due process-free ways for a gun owners’ firearms to be confiscated until he or she hires and attorney and proves that the target isn’t a threat to themself of others. Before the passage of ERPO laws, there were already laws on the books in every state that authorities can use to disarm someone who poses an actual threat, but the Gun Control Industry has succeeded in lowering the bar for grabbing guns with the passage of red flag laws in a number of states.

Red flag laws are ripe for abuse (not to mention they’re also dangerous) given the targets frequently get no notice a confiscation order has been issued until police arrive). In some states, depending on how broadly their laws are written, virtually anyone can initiate a red flag confiscation proceeding; friends, ex spouses, co-workers, and more.

How great is that?

Part of the Biden administration’s ongoing war on gun rights in America has featured “encouragement” for more states to enact these laws. This morning — on a Saturday morning — just hours after Congress passed a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill, Biden’s weaponized Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that they’re creating something called the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center in cooperation with the Michael Bloomberg financed anti-gun advocacy “research” center at Johns Hopkins.

Courtesy Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center

This was part of the DOJ doling out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in 2023 to make all of this happen.

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Here’s the DOJ’s press release issued early this morning . . .

The Justice Department launched the National Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Resource Center (the Center) which  will provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement officials, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service and social service providers, community organizations, and behavioral health professionals responsible for implementing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a threat to themselves or others.

“The launch of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center will provide our partners across the country with valuable resources to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The establishment of the Center is the latest example of the Justice Department’s work to use every tool provided by the landmark Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to protect communities from gun violence.”

ERPO laws, which are modeled off domestic violence protection orders, create a civil process allowing law enforcement, family members (in most states), and medical professionals or other groups (in some states) to petition a court to temporarily prohibit someone at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing and possessing firearms for the duration of the order.

In 2023, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) awarded $238 million to states, territories, and the District of Columbia under the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (SCIP), which was created by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and is designed to help jurisdictions implement crisis intervention strategies, including ERPO programs. In addition, OJP awarded $4 million to support training and technical assistance under Byrne SCIP, including $2 million that was awarded to the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions to establish the ERPO Resource Center. In collaboration with OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Center will support states, local governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service providers, and behavioral health and other social service providers in their efforts to implement ERPO programs to fit local needs, share resources and promising practices with the field, and help ensure that funding received through Byrne SCIP is effectively utilized.

“Supporting our law enforcement and community partners in curbing the scourge of gun violence is more critical than ever,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer. “In addition to other resources leveraged across the Justice Department, this Center will provide communities with new tools and technical assistance to help them implement effective crisis intervention strategies and reduce gun violence.”

“OJP’s investment in ERPO programs demonstrates the Department’s commitment to addressing the gun violence crisis in the United States,” said OJP Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon. “This crisis cannot be solved at one level of government. We must use all of our resources and collaborate at the federal, state, and local levels to find innovative, evidence-based, and holistic solutions to help keep American communities safe.”

Through the Center and its newly launched website, states, local governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service providers, and behavioral health and other social service providers will have direct access to critical information that will enhance their ability to reduce firearm homicides and suicides. The website will be maintained and updated to include newly developed resources for the field created through the Center, in partnership with BJA. The website also provides a platform for the Center to highlight emerging and promising practices in successful ERPO implementation and connect states and localities to innovative strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.

As of this month, 21 states and the District of Columbia have enacted ERPO laws. Successful and effective ERPO implementation requires a comprehensive and holistic approach that incorporates a wide range of stakeholders. The Center is designed to provide resources consistent with that need.

13 Responses

  1. “ERPO laws, […] create a civil process allowing law enforcement, family members (in most states), and medical professionals […] to petition a court to temporarily prohibit someone […] from purchasing and possessing firearms for the duration of the order.”

    In other words, the Bill of Rights be damned. Doesn’t matter if you haven’t committed a chargeable crime; if Doctor Herezyorpills or Ms. AngreeEx doesn’t agree with your opinions or like that you have perhaps more guns than they think you should, it’s no soup for you, Comrade.

    To borrow from a famous statement, the shift from the Founding principle of elected representation to authoritarian tyranny happens slowly, then suddenly. I think the train is speeding up towards the chasm now…

  2. What in the world makes the DOJ think that they get to implement such things without getting congressional approval? These 3 letter agencies are really wearing out their welcome with the American people. This needs to be squashed as of yesterday. They do not get to make laws, they do not get to just revoke people’s rights just because someone reported them. Whatever happened to due process? This is an absolute outrage. Time to put big brother back in his box.

    1. I think it’s time to put big brother to sleep. I’m pretty sure they felt compelled to do this because we’uns gun toters ain’t got none a that big city schoolbook larnin’. Since us reglar folks ain’t got sense God gave a goose, they’s just keepin’ care we don’t blow sumpin’ offen some other feller.

      So if someone calls and says ” Mr Erpo, my neighbor, at 2304 San Domingo, has been threatening people. He has alot of guns. Poor man seems so angry all the time. You need to step in and get him the help he needs. I’m afraid of him. I think the club he belongs to makes him so mad, he’s the presideor leader I believe. It’s some kind of men’s support group I think. They seem to be very close because some members come and go at all hours, they must be worried about him to. I think the club is called MS-13. Having his guns gone will give him time to think.

  3. Where are our conservative elected officials? Why are they silent as the communist Marxists destroy our Constitutional Republic? Why is there no push back on all the lawlessness? The federal government is now allowing illegal invaders to possess firearms and working overtime to disarm Americans; something is very wrong in Washington. This “law” will allow the confiscation of guns based on rumor and hearsay; the presumption of guilt without due process. The accused doesn’t even have the right to face their accuser as mandated by our constitution. This is wrong on so many levels and a direct assault on our second amendment right

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  5. With all due respect to all the above: Posting outrage on a web site is meaningless, redundant to the point of irrelevant; the ‘views’ have all be expressed, posted, shouted before and before that. To what avail? Feels good? OK. But accomplishes nothing-as this new “program” proves. Of course, it’s unconstitutional, overreaching, subversive, etc ad nauseam. So what? Unless/until actual organized action by you and a respectable number of like-minded, principled citizens takes place, govt will continue to do what govt does: seize more and more power while eliminating more of our Rights, until their autonomy is solidified in Tyranny. And then it will too late. We’re almost there. What are you actually, physically, immediately going to commit to do to stop it?
    (Replying to this post ain’t it)

  6. The tree of liberty must be watered, from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    —Thomas Jefferson

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