Middleton PD’s ‘friendly reminder’ brings up unfounded claims that people’s guns will be taken away

Middleton PD's 'friendly reminder' brings up unfounded claims that people's guns will be taken away

Police Chief Alan Takeuchi said he was not aware of any real threat to people’s guns and could not name a time when it actually happened. MIDDLETON, Idaho — The Middleton Police Department issued a "friendly reminder" to the citizens that it serves that officers won’t be coming to anyone’s home to take away their guns, even though there is no legal action from state or federal governments that would encroach on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. The Facebook post was created prior to President Joe Biden’s executive order on Thursday that declared gun violence a "public health epidemic." Biden requested the Department of Justice to create stricter rules for so-called "ghost guns," guns that are made at home and lack traceable serial numbers, and make model "red-flag laws" for states to follow. He also asked the DOJ to clarify when a pistol becomes a rifle with the addition of a stock or stabilizing arm brace. Biden also called upon Congress to do more, like issue a ban on assault-type weapons again and limit high-capacity magazines. No part of his executive action actually restricted anyone’s Second Amendment rights, but the Middleton Police Department glanced over that fact when they first told residents that they wouldn’t be taking anyone’s guns away and stoked fears over government overreach. Middleton police later edited their post to clarify that they weren’t trying to create fear of a conspiracy or pushing an agenda. They said they made the post after people started calling about it. […]

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