Anne Arundel County- Man Killed Over Gun Confiscation
Anne Arundel County, MD – On Sunday night, November 4, police arrived at the home of Gary Willis, 60, to serve an extreme risk protection order, and confiscate his guns. The action was based on the word of one aunt who was angry with Willis over the care of an elderly family member. The only person at risk was Gary Willis – an officer fatally shot him.
But the law, known as a “red flag law,” went into effect on October 1, and mandated gun confiscation if a family member said one person was “at risk” of harming himself or others.
According to the Baltimore Sun,
The subject of the protective order, Gary J. Willis, 60, answered his door in the 100 block of Linwood Ave. at 5:17 a.m. with a gun in his hand, Anne Arundel County police said. He initially put the gun down next to the door, but “became irate” when officers began to serve him with the order, opened the door and picked up the gun again, police said.
“A fight ensued over the gun,” said Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a police spokeswoman.
One of the officers struggled to take the gun from Willis, and during the struggle the gun fired but did not strike anyone, police said. At that point, the other officer fatally shot Willis, police said.
Neither officer was injured, police said, and neither of their names was released.
Michelle Willis, niece of Gary Willis told the Baltimore Sun that her uncle was “harmless” but liked to speak his mind. She attributed the arrival of police to the home as “family will be family.” But that scenario turned deadly.
“I’m just dumbfounded right now. My uncle wouldn’t hurt anybody…They didn’t need to do what they did.” Michelle Willis
This illustrates the problem with extreme risk protection orders: family members with an axe to grind. Just listening to someone who was involved in a family dispute is ridiculous. A little investigation before gun confiscation is a much wiser situation. But gun control advocates push for confiscation simply based on the word of one family member. In this case, a man unnecessarily lost his life.