Sneaking unpopular bills into budget bills has long been a tactic of the swamp creatures in Washington, D.C. Just this week, the House Appropriations Committee did just that, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-gun programs, including $40 million for “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders, in their FY22 funding bill.
The $84.1 billion bill, which funds Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), includes a whooping $300 million for anti-gun programs.
As American Military News highlights, that includes nearly $150 million in “Gun Violence Reduction Grants” that are supposedly “aimed at reducing gun violence.” It also includes $100 million in state grants to improve their National Instant Criminal Background Check systems, and an additional $10 million to “develop and expand gun buyback and relinquishment programs.”
“Red Flag” gun confiscation orders have been a prioritize of Joe Biden, with his White House including it on a list of priorities in April.
“The President urges Congress to pass an appropriate national ‘red flag’ law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass ‘red flag’ laws of their own. In the interim, the Justice Department’s published model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws to do,” a White House statement from April read.
“Red Flag” gun confiscation orders allow government bureaucrats to order the confiscation of someone’s firearms with little to no due process. While it depends on the specific law, in most cases, all it takes is the word of a family member or associate to give a judge justification to order the guns be taken. Even the testimony of a disgruntled ex-partner could be enough to get an order signed off on, especially if the judge in question is anti-gun.
Nobody is exempt from being targeted with these orders. Last year, an inmate in a Weld County, Colorado jail filed a Red Flag gun confiscation order against Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams. That inmate filed the order from behind bars, and Reams was not notified about it until after the first Red Flag order hearing!
Colorado’s law is so extreme that activists created the Red Flag Resource Center to assist those being targeted, and have a great right-up on just how insane the law is, which you can read here.
Republicans in Congress have been largely silent on this issue. So-called conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have supported the measure, in an attempt to “compromise” with Democrats. Gun Owners of America put out a great take-down of all the arguments the Heritage Foundation made in support of Red Flag laws.
This gun-control funding can still be stopped, but is unlikely. After all, Republicans allowed the infamous Fix NICS bill to pass through a budget bill in 2018, when they had a majority!