Ex-Marine Who Said He'd 'Slaughter' Antifa in Self-Defense, Has Guns Confiscated
The weapon seizure came through the use of Oregon’s 'red flag' law
A former Marine who remarked at a protest that he would “slaughter” violent far-left Antifa members if they tried to attack him, has had his five weapons confiscated by the FBI, reports say.
The seizure came through the use of Oregon’s “red flag” law, which gives aw enforcement agencies the power to seek a court order to have weapons taken away from individuals who are flagged as potentially violent.
Supporters of Second Amendment gun rights have opposed the law.
Former Marine, Shane Kohfield, 32, was not charged with any crime but had to surrender his five guns, which included an AR-15 rifle, according to Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator said, the Washington Examiner reported.
The FBI took action after the remarks Kohfield made in public during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., 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 crowd, according to The Oregonian.
“I’d slaughter them, and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out Antifa.”
Kohfield previously wrote to U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former Navy SEAL, to share concerns about Antifa, and support the group being declared a terrorist organization.
“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the president tweeted.
Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019
“Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully, the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”
Portland has been locations of violent clashes between members of far-left Antifa and f conservative groups such as Proud Boys.
City officials have faced backlash for the handling of such events.
Based on the court order was committed to a veterans hospital for 20 days, and was barred from participating in protests in Portland.
Kohfield admitted that he probably appeared threatening, but insisted he never intended to cause harm.
“I looked unhinged,” he told the newspaper.
“I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.”
The FBI has refused to comment on the case, according to The Oregonian.
It is still not clear if Kohfield’s weapons would be returned to him.
In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed the state’s red-flag law.
No Republican in the House backed the law.
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill into law on Aug. 15 of that year and the law took effect Jan. 1, 2018.