A group of residents in northern Idaho reacted strongly when they heard the federal government was planning to confiscate the guns of one of their own, TheBlaze reports.
At the end of July, veteran John Arnold received a letter from representatives of Veterans Affairs explaining they would be coming to take his guns, KREM2 documents.
In response, Idaho State Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard organized a protest that brought about 100 people to Arnold’s front yard to support his right to keep his guns. Among the protesters included Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Washington State Rep. Matthew Shea, who called the gathering a “defiance against tyranny,” according to TheBlaze.
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler explained. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
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During the protest, the group waved both the American flag and the “Don’t tread on me flag,” as well as occasionally sang “God Bless America.” In the small town of Priest River, Idaho, that has just under 2,000 residents, Arnold and others were astonished at the outpouring of support.
"It's absolutely amazing and it gives you a newfound hope that there are still people out there," Maria Bosworth, one of the protesters, said to KREM2.
Arnold had a stroke one year ago. In response, the VA filed Arnold as financially incompetent, preventing him from buying, selling or possessing firearms. The most recent letter that Arnold received notified him of an upcoming inspection by the VA to seize any guns, according to KREM2.
A field officer with the Bonner County Veteran Services visited the protest to explain the VA inspector would not be coming that day. He also discussed how Arnold could appeal the paperwork that declared him incompetent.
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Arnold already plans to work with the field officer to fix his situation.
"I just hope everything calms down and I can live in ease in my life instead of worrying about everything and the worry shouldn't be there," the veteran told KREM2.