One of the nation’s best-known advocates for the Second Amendment is warning of a new push for “star chamber” courtroom proceedings in which a prosecutor and a judge could decide to withdraw constitutional rights from individuals merely because someone claims they are a danger.

Moves toward gun control have come up after almost every major mass shooting in recent years. But such “star chamber” plans have not been widespread.


One reason is that there already are procedures to take guns away from someone who, given due process, is determined to be a danger to others.

But the advocacy group Gun Owners of America is warning the newest push is a danger.

The move is described by Michael Hammond, the group’s legislative counsel, as “probably the single biggest LEGISLATIVE threat to the Second Amendment.”

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“These Gun Confiscation Orders would allow police or angry relatives to convene a secret star-chamber proceeding and get permission to ransack your house and seize your guns without any due process whatsoever,” he said. “And if you resist, they are authorized to arrest, or even shoot, you and your family.”

He said Second Amendment opponents are trying to call the plans “red-flag laws” or “extreme violence protective orders.”

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