In an effort to “take guns off the streets” police in Buffalo, New York, are confiscating firearms from recently deceased pistol permit holders.
Law enforcement officials publicized the initiative last week during a press conference.
“We recently started a program where we’re cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we’re sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda told WGRZ.com.
“Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street,” Derrenda added.
The program is legal under state law that gives families of the deceased 15 days to sell or transfer handguns to a licensed dealer or registered permit holder.
“They’re quick to say they’re going to take the guns,” Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, told Fox News. “But they don’t tell you the law doesn’t apply to long guns, or that these families can sell [their loved one’s] pistol or apply to keep it.”
King also complained that the program is the yet another example of targeting law-abiding gun owners instead of going after criminals.
Obviously, police snatching up property that belonged to someone’s loved one has the potential to create legal repercussions, as Buffalo defense attorney Dominic Saraceno noted.
“These gun collections can value into the hundreds of thousands,”Saraceno told Fox News. “If a police officer came to my door without a warrant signed by a judge, I’m not giving them anything. Most people don’t know that and get intimidated.”
How would you respond if police confiscated firearms that belonged to someone you were related to?