[Vermont] House Judiciary Committee Bill H. 610 now declares a new crime to jail persons who refuse to assist in the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms. And that crime appears to be a Felony punishable by two years imprisonment.
While [gun rights advocates] are struggling to protect lawful gun owners from unconstitutional magazine and other bans, the House Judiciary Committee is reducing gun confiscation to the level of unpaid speeding tickets…
While many states are improving protections against gun grabs, this committee is installing an Express Lane!!!
The most recent version of the Bill now makes it a crime punishable by two years to “refuse to obey instructions from a law enforcement officer to ensure the safe removal of firearms or to protect the safety of the officer or other persons present” and also instructs that the violation may be charged to “a person present at a location during the lawful search…”
Of course, “a person present at a location” may or may not be a resident, relative or have any knowledge about the order, or the location of any firearms at the location subject to search. How is it they can not know and refuse to help? Are we suddenly subjected to frontier justice that judges all who do nothing as accomplices to a crime???
How are we to judge if the “lawful search” is lawful? Are we lawyers who would know this by first glance at the actions of the officers? Do officers have a duty to protect us; whereas this law appears to “create” a new magical “duty to protect officers” barking orders at bystanders like some form of martial law?
All this added to the “civil order” issued at Family Court to protect a victim of domestic abuse, while that process affords NO DUE PROCESS, LEGAL REPRESENTATION, OR APPEAL BEFORE CONFISCATION OF FIREARMS is carried out by law enforcement.
The threat of a two year felony crime for any person:
who refuses to obey instructions from a law enforcement officer to ensure the safe removal of firearms or to protect the safety of the officer or other persons present, shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $500.00, or both.
Which is loosely defined as:
(2) “Ensure the safe removal of firearms or to protect the safety of the officer or other persons present” includes instructions requiring a person to temporarily vacate a location until a law enforcement officer determines that firearms have been removed from the premises