The FBI recently used Oregon’s “red flag” law to seize a former Marine’s five firearms after he threatened to “slaughter” Antifa members if he was attacked. He was not accused of or charged with a crime. However, in addition to the gun seizures, the court order was used to commit him to a hospital for 20 days, and to ban him from participating in protests in Portland, a hotbed of violent Antifa demonstrations.
In July, Shane Kohfield used a loudspeaker outside Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s home to tell fellow right-wing demonstrators that they should be prepared to defend themselves if Antifa armed themselves and attacked conservatives.
“If Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us,” he declared, “I’m going to kill them next. I’d slaughter them and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out Antifa.”
That July demonstration was organized to protest the city’s mishandling of recent violent protests by the left, according to The Oregonian.
Michael German, a retired FBI agent and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, told the paper that the incident indicates feds may be ramping up more aggressive tactics to combat or prevent potential political threats.
“Clearly, this latest incident shows how effective proactive policing can be in reducing the chance of violence,” German said. “It also makes you wonder if they’d been proactive from the beginning whether all of this would have grown into the menace it has become.”
Second Amendment defenders generally oppose “red flag” gun laws which allow law enforcement and family members to proactively seize weapons temporarily without providing a person the opportunity to contest the move in court. The intent of such laws are to anticipate and prevent violence. Such laws are gaining support across the country at a time when politicians feel pressured to “do something” to combat mass shootings in the U.S.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) August 31, 2019
The use of the 2017 Democrat-supported red flag law in Oregon is not a rare occurrence. Already in September of 2018, The Oregonian reported that 46 state citizens were ordered to surrender their guns to that point.
Kohfield, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, admitted to The Oregonian that he likely appeared threatening but that he did not intend to harm anyone.
“I looked unhinged,” he said. “I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.” He said he understood why he was taken to a local hospital and prohibited from attending protests.
According to the paper, Kohfield is bipolar and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He lives with his father and draws disability payments for physical and psychological injuries he sustained during his military service.
Kohfield was reportedly on the FBI’s radar after he wrote a letter to Texas representative Dan Crenshaw to voice his concerns about Antifa and communicate his support for declaring the radical leftist, anarchist group a terrorist organization. President Donald Trump has indicated he is considering such a move, and in July, Senators Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution that “calls for the groups and organizations across the country who act under the banner of Antifa to be designated as domestic terrorist organizations.”
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