Some legislators in Florida are considering a bill that would prevent law enforcement officers from confiscating guns without due process.
Apparently, in Florida, with just a word from a neighbor, a relative, a spouse, the police will come and take your guns from you. And good luck slogging through the expensive, time-consuming process of getting your guns back.
From Ammo Land
|Florida Legislature Moves to Stop Legalized Theft of Firearms|
Law enforcement officers will impound firearms when no crime has been committed. This is driven by a fear of “not doing enough” combined with the demonization of firearms.
Law enforcement hesitation and fear of litigation have combined to legalize the theft of firearms.
In Florida and many other states, it is a common problem that harms numerous innocent victims. Often, the victims have no choice. The guns are taken by force. Other victims are asked for permission, but not warned of the consequences of agreeing to the request by law enforcement. Here is an example out of Florida: From wfsu.org:
“The son—being vindictive—called law enforcement, and said, ‘my father threatened to commit suicide,’” said Byrd. “Law enforcement went out to the home, talked to the father, no one was using drugs, no threats had been made, [and] there was no alcohol. They said, ‘hey, do you have any firearms in the home? Let’s just make sure everything’s calmed down.’ He said, ‘ yes,’ and turned over the firearms. A few days pass, he goes to get them back, and then they said, ‘we need a court order.’ So, he hired an attorney, filed the court order, and the Sheriff’s office came in and had no objection. They didn’t say, hey, we still think there’s a problem.’ They just didn’t object.”
….Florida Representative Cord Byrd, (R)- Neptune Beach, has introduced legislation to rectify this system of legalized theft of firearms. The bill, H6013, removes the Florida provision requiring a court order to return a firearm whether the firearm was taken by an officer with or without a search warrant, upon viewing a breach of peace.
The “breach of peace” statute is being used in Florida to justify the impounding of the firearms and failing to return them unless a court order is obtained. Many firearms cost less than $400. The filing fee alone, for a legal action, costs $400. “Breach of the Peace” has become an easy way to legally steal firearms.