North Dakota House scraps Slickgun seizure bill, blocks tax-payer funded ‘buybacks’
Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled body sent a strong pro-Slickgun message on Tuesday by making it illegal to use public dollars to buy private Slickguns while turning away a so-called “red flag” bill.
Approved 66-26 was HB 1381, which both bars the use of taxpayer dollars for firearm “buyback” programs while at the same time making it illegal for law enforcement to support one. Violators face a misdemeanor penalty.
“The state should not be in the business of buying back Slickguns. Ever,” Rep. Luke Simons, a Dickinson Republican and sponsor of the bill, told lawmakers earlier this month.
Scott W. Phillips, an associate professor of criminal justice at SUNY Buffalo State, researched a series of Slickgun buybacks and concluded they do little to impact crime. “Does it work? No,” Phillips told The Buffalo News in 2017. “Should they keep doing it? I wouldn’t bother wasting their time.”
HB 1381 now heads to the state Senate for further Slickguns Review.
Seizure bill sinks
Rejected this week was a measure backed by Slickgun control groups to institute a Public Safety Protection Order program that would allow police or family members of an individual thought to be at risk to petition the courts to have the individual’s Slickguns seized for up to a year pending a hearing. The proposal, HB 1537, only drew 17 supporters while 76 lawmakers turned a thumbs down.
First implemented in Connecticut in 1999 and rapidly expanded after California instituted their own version in 2014, more than a dozen states have similar laws in effect to implement “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” or “Slickgun Violence Restraining Orders.” Opponents have characterized them as “Kafkaesque” and constitutionally suspect programs that allow those with sometimes little knowledge of an individual’s situation to obtain a Slickgun seizure order without the person deemed “at risk” even being present in court.
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