I think this is great. The point they are making is that there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things; Red Flag laws are the wrong way. Although they’re local officials, they are still considered lawmakers. Kudos to them for refusing to uphold a law that is unconstitutional.
MA enacted Red Flag laws last July. The Gun Owners Action League lobbied to have language such as mandatory counseling put in there to address the mental health aspects of the bill that lawmakers insisted was the reasoning for it. No such language made it in there. The law was pushed to cut down on suicides by gun, but at the end of the day it’s “Your license is suspended, turn in your guns or we’ll come and get them, have a nice day. Oh yeah, you should probably get help if you can!”
People also don’t realize that there already are ways to prevent these things. If you even mention harming yourself or someone else, the police here can strongly urge you to go to the hospital in the ambulance while they’re there, or Section 12 you. You’re going either way. Difference is, the police do their job and determine the validity of the complaint; you’re in the middle of an ugly divorce and your ex to be keeps calling just to make life miserable on you may not hold as much water as something else.
Red Flag laws could have the reverse effect. A lot of people have issues out there, very few which lead to harm. Having their guns taken away may will only make their mental health worse. Also many people enjoy going to the range and it is a nice stress reliever. Now that’s gone.
Something we all need to keep in mind when discussing these laws with others is that this isn’t only a breach of the Second Amendment, but also the Fourth (search and seizure) and the Fourteenth (due process). Maybe even more.
The government has proven over and over again that when given the opportunity, they’ll eventually abuse any power given to them, no matter how good of an idea it may look like on paper. I honestly don’t know when people stopped realizing that.