An army wife at Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) says her right to bear arms was stolen from her, by the post she lives on.
Sandy Murphy feels she was ordered to remove her firearms because she has a 10 year old autistic son.
"Part of it's frustration. I want to scream, I want to cry. I keep thinking to myself, 'We promised the kids we'd always keep them safe.' Who's going to keep the kids safe now? because right now, I can't," Murphy says.
Murphy says going without guns does not sit easy for her. As she points out the counseling document that directs her husband to remove all weapons from her home to the arms room to be held, she feels her Second Amendment rights are at stake.
"The unit came into my home on post, and took away my firearms," she says. "I had a dumbfounded look on my face, and I thought, 'How can they legally do this?'" she questions.
HAAF spokesperson Kevin Larson says the removal of firearms from their home, into the arms holding space does not dispossess them of the guns. It only prohibits them from being inside the home.
Larson says it is legal for civilians to register firearms on post within three days they bring them onto the grounds. He could not connect the reason of removal of the guns to child.
However, Murphy feels that is the reason they were confiscated.
"They consider my ten year old autistic child as a danger, with firearms in our home," she says.
She says the safety plan she keeps was not approved by the post. She lists the precautions they take to include alarms on every door, all trigger locks in place, all firing pins kept out of weapons, all weapons kept in locked cases, and all stored unloaded away from ammunition.
"There is no way he could get one full firearm together," Murphy says.
She says she is still adding precautions in hopes of reclaiming her guns, like adding a gun safe. Next, she hopes the added gun safe will pass inspection and grant her the right to bear arms.
"Autism, and the autism spectrum, is not by any means a reason to disarm an American citizen," she says.
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