In yet another example of the administration’s disregard of the Constitution, they are taking the first step to seize firearms without due process:
The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.
As with the NDAA, our “rights” are suppressed at the discretion of the administration and its puppet agencies. Since both presidential candidates support the NDAA and its subsequent abuse of the Bill of Rights, it appears that civil disobedience will be increasing across the country. And I don’t mean flash mobs that have the blessing of Eric Holder to redistribute wealth at their discretion without penalty.
The Obama administration, apparently by executive decree, has enacted new rules that make it easier for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to seize the guns of citizens without due process of law. A Washington Times report issued on Thursday provides the details.
Under normal circumstances a citizen must be convicted of a crime, or at least charged with a crime, in order for law enforcement to seize their firearms. But the Justice Department granted authority to the ATF to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled substance abuses.”
According to the Times, this gives the federal government the power to seize the guns of citizens even if they are merely suspected of substance abuse. These citizens do not have to be officially charged or arrested.
Due process of law, under the mandate of the U.S. Constitution, requires among other things that citizens have rights that cannot be violated even if they are suspected of crimes. Historically this has meant that citizens who are not charged but are mere suspects cannot be deprived of any of the rights afforded to any other citizen. And even if they are charged with crimes, they still have certain rights that cannot be violated, such as the right to a fair trial, the right to face one’s accusers in a court of law, and the right to qualified legal counsel. Any violation of that person’s rights after they are charged must be done according to accepted legal process and not on the whims of prosecutors or law enforcement.
h/t Tom R