Shane Kohfield, a former Marine had his gun taken away by Oregon’s red flag laws after saying he would slaughter Antifa if they started killing people.
Shane Kohfield stood outside the home of Portlandâ€™s mayor in July wearing body armor and a â€œMake America Great Againâ€ baseball cap, a large knife strapped to one shoulder and a copy of his concealed weapons permit displayed on the other.
Using a loudspeaker, he warned the right-wing activists whoÂ turned out to condemnÂ the cityâ€™s handling of recent violent demonstrations that they needed to protect themselves against their anti-fascist, or antifa, rivals.
â€œIf antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, Iâ€™m going to kill them next,â€ Kohfield, 32, said. â€œIâ€™d slaughter them and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out antifa.â€
That threat pushed the FBIâ€™s Joint Terrorism Task to take a series of extraordinary steps against Kohfield, including temporary seizure of a cache of his firearms underÂ Oregonâ€™s new â€œred flagâ€ lawÂ aimed at preventing gun violence, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.
The task force also had the ex-Marine committed to a veteransâ€™ hospital in Portland. He spent the next 20 days there.
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Kohfield, who was unarmed, said at least a dozen officers stopped him while he was leaving a relativeâ€™s home outside Prineville.
Officers said they planned to take Kohfield to the VA hospital in Portland. He said they then served him with the protection order.
â€œI was told that I didnâ€™t have a choice,â€ he said. â€œThe cops were great. They were respectful and compassionate.â€
Kohfield said he was placed under psychiatric observation for five days. He said that he then volunteered to remain at the VA hospital for another two weeks.
According to Lemman, the state court administrator, Kohfield surrendered an AR-15, a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun.
This was a crazy story. You can certainly make an argument that the veteran should’ve chosen better words but the fact that he lost his firearms and was sent to a hospital is another reason why Red Flag laws are such a disaster. I have no question that the FBI was acting in good faith. They were simply following the law. However, this story proves that Red Flag laws are bad policies and quite authoritarian.
Considering Antifa is a terrorist group that has a long history of violence I’m not sure why this veteran advocating for self-defense would cause him to lose his firearms.
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