Watch: NM Candidate Shows Dems What She Really Think About New Gun-Grabbing 'Red Flag' Law
Claire Chase, a New Mexico Republican candidate, shows off just what she thinks about Democrats new 'Red Flag' law by taking shots at a literal red flag in her new campaign commercial. In the video, Chase can be seen firing a .308 cal rifle and touting her support of the 2nd Amendment.
Chase is running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, who narrowly won the conservative-leaning district in 2018.
“I have a few words about the so-called red flag law that liberals in Santa Fe are pushing,” Chase says in the video. “This piece of legislation is an attack on our Constitutional rights that would make innocent until proven guilty into guilty until proven innocent.”
“Well, today I have a few words for those liberals in Santa Fe,” she continued. “Come and take them.”
The new Red Flag Bill requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous -- further, the measure still allows for ex parte petitions, providing NO initial hearing for these individuals before a judge and NO access to mental health services or treatment before they lose their constitutional right to own a firearm. Further, individuals subject to these orders will be immediately included in the NICS database as prohibited persons until the order expires.
Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton said the proposal would put his deputies at risk for potential violation of the U.S. Constitution for seizing weapons.
"It's going to be rammed through. Their minds are already made up," Helton said about House Democrats who hold a 46-24 majority. A similar red-flag bill won House approval last year in a 39-30 vote before stalling in the state Senate.
The legislative arm of the National Rifle Association has characterized New Mexico's current red-flag bill as a “dangerous gun confiscation scheme." The group argues that the due-process protections are insufficient for gun owners who are flagged as dangerous.
A red-flag order sets off a 10-day deadline for a court hearing on whether the initial order to surrender firearms is extended for a one-year period. A flagged gun owner can request an extension of up to 30 days for the hearing.