Imagine this scenario: you had a roommate for a while, and he is a fervent anti-gun type. He is also a teetotaler. So, right off the bat, being that you liked to pound some Coors after work and owned a couple of guns, you guys just didn’t click. After some robust arguments, you ask him to move out. Six months later, a police officer is at your door with an ex-parte court order to confiscate your guns for one year, pending a final order.
Another scenario: You share custody of a child with a girlfriend you never married. She lives four counties away. She hates guns and marijuana and anyone who uses them. And you use both. She hates that you have firearms in the house and yells at you to get rid of them every time she drops off your kid for visitation. One day, a police officer is at your door to take your guns.
Washington State’s Initiative I-1491 allows for both of these scenarios and much more.
It will not matter if the respondents in both of the above scenarios are legal, law-abiding gun owners who practice gun safety. Once served an ex-parte order, it is incumbent on the defendant to fight for it to be released, at his or her expense.
For those who do not know what an “ex-parte” court order is, let me explain. Usually, if you want to serve a court order of any kind on a respondent, he or she has to be made aware first. Then a hearing is scheduled. With an ex-parte order, the plaintiff merely goes before a judge without notifying the respondent, and a judge can issue and sign the order right then and there. It is usually for emergency purposes, and that is what I-1491 allows for: an emergency ex-parte order with only the word and testimony of the plaintiff required.
This is nuts. It opens the door to untold “revenge” orders with the plaintiff exposed only to a misdemeanor for filing falsely.
I-1491 is the product of the gun-grabbing group “Alliance for Gun Responsibility”, the very group behind last year’s I-594. It is run by a gaggle of hard-left activists. Just look at their Board of Directors and run Google searches on them. The Alliance for Gun Responsibly is NOT a “moderate” group by any stretch of the imagination.
Of course, all the usual suspects in the anti-gun lobby such as Moms Who Hate Guns are pushing the Initiative and have committed massive amounts of money to further it. The typical billionaire anti-gun types like Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, (who together made sure last year’s I-594 passed by funneling millions of dollars to pass that Initiative) are all on board with their wallets opened wide.
I find it insanely sanctimonious when folks on the left rail about the scourge of “big money” and in particular, “big corporate money,” when a measure they vehemently oppose finds support by the likes of say, the Koch brothers. However, when an Initiative like I-1491 arises, they welcome all the big corporate money they can find.
There is a word for that. Hypocrite.
Just like last year’s I-594, don’t hold your breath for proof in later years that the Initiative was truly conducive. One year after I-594 passed, there has been no arrests, no prosecutions, and no convictions. What a resounding success! BRAVO!
I-1491 will not prevent gun violence. But do not be surprised if it results in hundreds, perhaps thousands of law abiding citizens having their firearms unjustifiably (and unconstitutionally) confiscated by law enforcement, along with Cheshire Cat smiles appearing on the faces of pissed off anti-gun types who filed the false charges.