Police Run Roughshod Over Lawful Handgun Owner

No good deed goes unpunished — that’s a lesson George Boggs of Fayetteville, North Carolina, learned earlier this month when he voluntarily turned his handgun over to the local police for safe-keeping while he went into the hospital following an automobile wreck.  When Mr. Boggs (who maintains a valid concealed-carry permit for the handgun)  later attempted to retrieve his firearm, the police said, sorry, we’ve sent it out for ballistics testing and can’t give it back to you yet.

Apparently the police in North Carolina believe themselves empowered to retain a law-abiding citizen’s firearm, and test it to see if it matches any firearms or ammunition on which the police have records that were used in crimes, regardless of whether they have any suspicion whatsoever that the firearm is illegal or has ever been used in the commission of a crime.  And, the police do this even if the person has voluntarily and temporarily left a firearm with the police for safe keeping.  In this case also, the owner of the handgun did not want the firearm fired because it had never been fired since he purchased it new, and he believed its value would be diminished.

Tough luck, according to the law enforcement authorities; so long as they get a firearm — however they get a firearm — they keep it as long as they want to test it, and , if it matches ballistically with some record they have, they would keep it indefinitely.

So much for property rights.  So much for Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure.  And so much for being a good citizen.  When it comes to firearms, many law enforcement agencies believe they can do pretty much whatever they want, whenever they want, to whoever they want.

154 comments Add your comment

Alan Hawkins

January 15th, 2010
11:24 am

doesn’t surprise me.. im fighting wake county sheriff’s over gun permits now.. 2 arrests in 85′, no convictions and the officer in charge has told me he thinks arkansas’ judicial system “dropped the ball” and is “lazy”.. I love being reprosecuted by a desk seargent 25 years after the fact and having my rights trampled on..

Lin Miller

May 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

The message and moral of the story is clear and we should actually be thankful. Never trust the government and forget about doing “the right thing.” Amen

jJOE

July 15th, 2010
10:20 pm

NO FREE MAN SHALL BE DISARMED.THOMAS JEFFERSON IF YOUR A CCW AND YOU GIVE YOUR GUNS TO THE COPS TO WATCH SO THEY WONT GET STOLEN WHILE YOUR IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THERE ARE LAWS NOW THAT MAKE THE GUN OWNER A CRIMINAL IF HIS GUN GETS STOLEN AND HE DOESNT REPORT IT RIGHT AWAY.HMM WHAT IF THE NC PIGS STEAL IT?