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On Monday, the ATF encouraged social media users to celebrate Valentine’s Day by turning in exes that are “involved in illegal gun activity.”

“We would love to meet and treat them to a Valentine’s Day surprise!” the social media graphic stated.

Each and every one of us has a vindictive ex or two – and it’s those vindictive exes that would take advantage of Red Flag laws.

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I’ll use myself as an example.

In college, I dated a guy for about six months. He was in love with me but I didn’t feel the sparks so I ended it. Not even 12 hours later and my phone number showed up in a personal’s ad on Craigslist. I woke up to dozens of explicit text messages, missed phone calls, and voicemails.

I finally started intercepting the calls to figure out how creepy old men received my number. One guy mentioned the ad. I explained it must have been my ex because I broke up with him the night before.

“That’s f***ed up,” the guy said as he apologized.

After reporting the ad a bunch of times, Craigslist finally removed it and I confronted my ex (who denied ever doing such a petty thing).

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I bring all of this up because my ex was upset I broke things off with him. If I was slightly older and had a CCW permit, he could have easily lied and said I was someone involved in illegal gun activity. I could have had my firearms revoked – without due process – and treated as a felon, simply because his feelings were hurt.

But those who are the most likely to fall victim to abusing Red Flag laws are men.

Think about it. A smaller woman could claim a gun-owning ex beat her. And what would happen? The ATF would come in, take his firearms away and turn him into a prohibited possessor without any due process. She could effectively ruin his life and he wouldn’t have his case in court.

These are just a couple of examples and something that rarely gets talked about. So thank you, ATF, for doing a great job of bringing this to light.

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