The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a markup hearing on various pieces of gun control legislation.
Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) went after Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) over discrepancies with red flag law ideas and due process, which he found in the legislation.
Red flag laws do not align with civil liberties or due process.
And that was Collins’ agenda, to explain why the legislation was not what they all thought it was.
#HR1236 is so flawed that anyone committed to our Constitution can’t seriously consider it. Why my Democrat colleagues are so eager to abandon the bedrock of our constitutional freedoms and due process is beyond me. pic.twitter.com/l1JnIhbYzz
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 10, 2019
Check out this transcript below from the video in the following seven paragraphs — and see exactly what I mean about “epic opening statement”:
Collins: “Mr. Chairman, thank you again for holding this markup today. Like you, I am concerned about addressing this important issue, addressing the issue of mass shootings to combating the discouraging laws plaguing our urban communities. I stand ready to work with you on sensible solutions that will, that could actually prevent, these atrocities. What I am not willing to do is support legislation that will not do anything to make us safer and will simultaneously infringes on the rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution. Unfortunately, all three of the bills we’re considering today will do just that,” Collins explained. “First, we’ll be considering HR1236, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019. While this bill may seem like a common sense measure, it’s flawed in far too many ways to be worthy of this Committee’s support.”
“Five months ago in an interview, one of the statements given by the Chairman, and you said this to one of your hometown papers: ‘My original motive in politics, from the time I was probably 12-years-old, was civil rights, civil liberties and due process and I’ve always concentrated on them and that’s why I’ve never changed,’” Collins quoted.
“Well, I’m not sure what’s changed but the bill before us today has some serious due process problems. Namely, the bill allows for confiscation of individual’s firearms without notice or without an opportunity to be heard,” Collins explained. “Even more egregious is the fact that ex-parte determination can be determined when a judge finds there’s a ‘reasonable cause’ to believe the individual possesses a danger …