Kansas legislatures send letter to President Trump urging him not to impose gun confiscation laws

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Thirty-seven Republican Kansas legislatures have sent a signed letter to President Trump urging him not to enact "Red Flag laws."

If put into practice, the laws would allow law enforcement or family members to request the state temporarily confiscate the guns of a person that has been deemed a threat to themselves or others. 

Republicans argued against the laws by saying: 

"We oppose Red Flag laws for the following reasons. First, we believe they violate or could be used to violate the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution. At the very least, Red Flag laws erode our fundamental American right to keep and bear arms and our right to due process of law. Second, we believe Red Flag laws could be abused and used to wrongfully target competent, law abiding citizens. Third, we believe that those subject to emergency protection orders under Red Flag laws are basically guilty until proven innocent, thereby destroying due process. Fourth, we believe Red Flag laws will endanger the lives and property of innocent people. Consider the loss to life and police brutality that could accompany every confrontation between competent, law abiding citizens and law enforcement officers enforcing Red Flag laws. Such things have occurred in states that have Red Flag laws."

The letter ended with a final reminder of the Second Amendment rights provided by the Constitution. 

Finally, Mr. President, we note that the Second Amendment declares that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” We believe the American Founding Fathers intended through the Second Amendment to recognize and protect an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms and to empower competent, law abiding citizens to defend and protect themselves, their families, and their fellow man. We ask you, Mr. President, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by supporting our right to keep and bear arms, our right to due process of law, and all other rights deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the American people.

The letter was signed by 31 Kansas House members and 6 Kansas Senators, including Susan Wagle. 

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