A major U.S. city is taking the expression, “from my cold, dead hands,” literally.
Buffalo, N.Y., police unveiled a plan to confiscate legally owned guns days after their owners’ death, using an old, rarely enforced state law, Fox News reported.
“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,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda` said at a news conference last week, according to WGRZ.com. “At times, they lay out there, and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street.”
Second Amendment advocates are up in arms over the plan.
“They’re quick to say they’re going to take the guns. But they don’t tell you the law doesn’t apply to long guns, or that these families can sell the pistol or apply to keep it,” Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, told Fox News.
Buffalo defense attorney Dominic Saraceno agreed the proposal has problems.
“These gun collections can value into the hundreds of thousands. If a police officer came to my door without a warrant signed by a judge, I’m not giving them anything,” Saraceno told Fox News. “Most people don’t know that and get intimidated.”
The city has used gun buy-back programs that critics say net more legal guns than those used by criminals.
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