Dems sneakily slip radical ‘red flag’ provision into defense budget

A provision added to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon’s annual budget, has raised some eyebrows among Second Amendment advocates because it would authorize military courts to issue protective orders making the possession or accessing of a firearm by a targeted service member unlawful, at least temporarily. The so-called “red flag” provision would also exempt military courts from denying members their Fifth Amendment right to due process, according to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who discussed the issue with trial attorney, author, and retired Army Col. Kurt Schlichter. In response to Ingraham’s suggestion that the provision may be “a real pathway to larger gun control within” the U.S. military, Schlichter explained that he sees multiple issues with it. First, he said, most U.S. military personnel are deployed within the continental U.S., and most states already have legal mechanisms in place, including red flag laws, to deal with such issues. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. But Schlichter also said he is alarmed by a “trend” he sees “to ‘lawyerize’ the military” and “to take things away from the commander and put them in an unaccountable legal silo,” as is happening with sexual assault cases. “Now they want to do it with whether you should be allowed to have your own private weapons,” the retired infantry officer continued, explaining that in normal circumstances there is only one chain of command and that commanders of […]

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