SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department used the “red flag law” warrant for the first time by taking a handgun from a man in downtown Seattle on Thursday, according to a Seattle Police Department.
Washington state is one of five states that has passed the law, known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order, which gives law enforcement the ability to seize a gun from a person if they believe the person poses a significant danger to themself or others.
A man in Seattle has had his gun confiscated by police after breaking no laws.
The police took his gun without a warrant and without pressing any charges.
Tyranny has officially taken hold on American soil.
The new “red flag” law, which has taken hold in other states already, allows the courts and law enforcement to take away guns from individuals they deem are dangerous and they’ve just begun the confiscation.
A man living in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington became the first individual in the state to have his firearm confiscated without any formal arrest or charges.
The man was not identified by authorities.
Seattle, WA— A law that went into effect in 2017 introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), which allows law enforcement in the state of Washington to confiscate a gun owner’s firearms if the owner is deemed a threat to themselves or others by a judge. This law, also referred to as a “red flag” gun law, has led Seattle to become Washington’s first city to use the law to confiscate a firearm from an individual.
Acting as petitioners, law enforcement agencies, blood-related and adopted relatives, married partners, romantic partners, current and former roommates, and people holding other certain specific associations can apply for an ERPO in Washington against a gun-owning individual considered to be an “extreme risk.”
According to Chapter 7.94 of the Washington legislature’s Revised Code of Washington (RCW) which lists the state’s permanent laws, the petitioner must include an “affidavit made under oath stating the specific statements, actions, or facts that give rise to a reasonable fear of future dangerous acts by the respondent.” ERPOs may be granted as an “immediate temporary order” or a full order.
“We now have to go to someone’s house and knock on the door and say, ‘We’re from the government.
Can we have your guns?’”
Seattle Police Sergeant Eric Pisconski, head of the crisis response unit for the Seattle Police Department, told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross.
“That can get very dangerous.”
In 2016, Washington state voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1491 to allow courts, upon petition by police or a family or household member, to issue an extreme risk protection order.
The order prevents an individual from accessing firearms for a specified time period if the court determines the person poses a significant danger.
A handful of other states, including California, have similar “red flag” laws, and many other states are considering passing them.
Following the Parkland shooting, Florida passed such a law to allow law enforcement to seek a risk protection order.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police chiefs are calling on state legislators to approve a so-called “red flag” law that would prevent people from having guns if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association voted unanimously Tuesday in the wake of the Florida school shooting to ask the General Assembly to pass the law.
States are clearly taking the lead on these laws. Even before Parkland, 19 states and the District of Columbia had red-flag bills pending in their legislatures, according to Everytown.
Among the 22 states with pending bills is Maryland, where the latest school shooting killed two students, including the shooter.
The bill passed the state House of Delegates 116-17 this month and now awaits Senate action.