A 61-year-old Maryland man is dead after he refused to give his gun up to officers at his home, as they were attempting to enforce the state's "red flag" law.
Around 5:17 in the morning, two police officers showed up at Gary J. Willis' home to serve an Extreme Risk Protective Order (AKA Red Flag Law) to the man. Their intent was to remove any guns from his household.
Anne Arundel County Police Sergeant Jacklyn David said, “Under the law, family, police, mental health professionals can all ask for the protective orders to remove weapons."
Unfortunately for Willis, death came in place of liberty.
This happened in November of 2018. This is what Democrats want as law of the land in the entire country. Let that sink in.
Officials said Willis answered the door while holding a handgun.
Willis then placed the gun next to the door.
When officers began to serve him the order, Willis became irate and grabbed his gun.
One of the officers tried to take the gun from Willis, but instead Willis fired the gun.
The second officer fired a gun, striking Willis. He died at the scene.
No police officers were injured and others inside the house were unharmed.
2 AACo PD Officers serving Red Flag order to remove guns from a house kill man listed on order.
PD: Man answers door at 5:17am armed with a handgun, refuses to drop it. A fight ensues, his gun fires, police return fire, man dies at scene. Ofcrs nor others in house were hurt. pic.twitter.com/4PWQrTFCDp
— Mike Schuh WJZ (@MikeWJZ) November 5, 2018
Here is what I find interesting though: according to reports, it was unclear at the time who called in the red flag on Willis to police. So, police got the tip that Willis shouldn't own guns, but did not investigate who was reporting it or whether it was a legitimate claim. From the sounds of it, they simply showed up ready to take his guns, and left with his life.
Is this a sign of what's to come? Is this what we should expect now? Anyone can call in a red flag claim (scorned ex, grumpy neighbor, upset coworker, angry family member, etc) and it is enforced without investigation?
That is an infringement of our constitutional right, under the Second Amendment, to bear arms. Willis is not the only American who will refuse to give up their guns. This could quickly turn into a civil war.