By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A former Marine who served a couple of combat tours in Iraq has had his guns confiscated by the FBI under provisions of Oregon’s “red flag law” after he threatened to “slaughter” members of Antifa in self-defense during a recent protest in Portland.
The former Marine, Shane Kohfield, 32, was not charged with any crime, but surrendered five guns, including an AR-15 rifle, according to Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator, the Washington Examiner reported.
The seizure, which is reportedly temporary, came through the use of Oregon’s “red flag” law, which permits law enforcement agencies and family members to seek a court order to have guns taken away from anyone viewed as potentially violent.
Such laws are often opposed by supporters of Second Amendment gun rights but also constitutionalists who say it deprives citizens of their due process rights under the Fifth and 14th Amendments.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) August 31, 2019
The confiscation was prompted by remarks the former Marine made in public during a demonstration outside the home of Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler in August, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
“If Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next,” Kohfield told a gathered crowd, according to the Oregonian. “I’d slaughter them, and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out Antifa.”
Kohfield has also written to U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former Navy SEAL, to express his concerns about Antifa and to say he believes the group should be declared a domestic terrorist organization, which President Donald Trump has reportedly considered.
As for Portland, it is pretty much the de facto HQ for Antifa. There have been several clashes between Antifa members and those of conservative groups like the Proud Boys, often without any repercussions or consequences for their actions.
Wheeler and the Portland Police Bureau have come under fire from conservatives for allowing Antifa to essentially control entire blocks and use violence to attack critics and opponents like journalist Andy Ngo recently. (Related: Lawyer for Andy Ngo issues big-time legal threat to antifa thugs who attacked him)
As part of the court order, Kohfield was committed to a veteran’s hospital for 20 days for evaluation. He’s also been barred from participating in any future protests in Portland.
He later admitted that, yeah, he probably went too far with his words.
“I looked unhinged,” he told the Oregonian. “I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.”
Still, the context of Kohfield’s remarks were self-defensive in nature, not proactive, so the confiscation of his firearms and subsequent commitment for psychiatric evaluation are only going to feed opposition to red flag laws.
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