The man allegedly threatened to shoot her and her boyfriend.
[Her former husband, Corey Holten, threatened to put a gun in her mouth and pull the trigger, she wrote in her petition. He also said he would “put a cap” in her if her new boyfriend “gets near my kids.”]
Do I think weapons should be removed in all cases where orders of protection are issued, no, but when there is a threat made by the subject to shoot someone, I believe the weapons should have been removed at the very least until there was a formal hearing.
The second amendment is there for self protection, NOT to allow the use of firearms as a means to threaten. By making the threat in itself, that man is in fact depriving that women of her basic right to life and liberty by placing her in fear of her own.
And the result of not removing the weapons?
[About 12 hours after he was served with the order, Mr. Holten was lying in wait when his former wife returned home from a date with their two children in tow. Armed with a small semiautomatic rifle bought several months before, he stepped out of his car and thrust the muzzle into her chest. He directed her inside the house, yelling that he was going to kill her. ]