As your next Governor of Montana, I will not sign any Red Flag Laws! If any Red Flag legislation is passed by the Montana State Legislature, it will receive a swift and decisive veto from me! I believe Montanans are smarter than to allow Bloomberg funded organizations and policies to take root here. Montanans do not need unconstitutional gun seizure laws in order to pursue real solutions for gun violence.
Recent headlines such as, “New Mexico governor signs red-flag gun bill, tells sheriffs to enforce it or resign,” should send chills to all law enforcement officers and liberty-minded Montanans. I never want Montana’s law enforcement officers to choose between their job and unconstitutional laws.
Red Flag Laws are unconstitutional and are not proven to stop gun violence. They can infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens when confiscation occurs based on suspicion, without due process.
New Mexico’s new red-flag legislation allows police officers and sheriffs’ deputies to petition a court for the surrender of household firearms within 48 hours from people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. Those petitions can be based on sworn affidavits filed by relatives, employers or school administrators, and authorities can be held liable for officers who fail to enforce the law. Now, school administration, relatives and employers can be judge and jury for your mental state without giving you any ability to defend yourself. This infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens when confiscation occurs based on suspicion, without due process. This is outrageous and un-American.
Red Flag laws will have no place on Montana’s law books as long as I am your Governor. Montana, I have got your back!
Al “Doc” Olszewski, MD
Candidate for Governor 2020
State Senator, SD 6