Outrage builds over NY town’s plan to confiscate legally owned guns days after owners die

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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18 thoughts on “Outrage builds over NY town’s plan to confiscate legally owned guns days after owners die

  1. Jamal Warner says:

    Seems like another way to rape the citizens out of property. Why not take the house since they are not living in it any more. Better yet why not take the car seeing someone could take it and commit crime. I could go on with this sh*t.This is all about money and finding away to infringe on people rights. I know of people dieing and leaving their entire collection to family members. I think this is all about money for the state.

    1. Kenneth Clark says:

      Yep, you’re right Jamal, it seems that maybe you are awakening to some of the tactics of the Progressive Liberal Democrats to remove not only your rights but your property for their own gain without explanation.

      1. Jamal Warner says:

        I did not name a particular political party in my post. The problem is bigger than political parties, but a matter of dismantling the constitution.

        1. Kenneth Clark says:

          No you did not name a particular party and you, sir are right again. I do believe both parties are responsible. The Republican RINOs for being push overs and allowing such and the Progressive Liberals for pushing it down our throats. However, the largest part of blame belongs right between the eyes of the one we see in the mirror every day. We have been more complacent and disconnected and we are the ones who have allowed this to happen while we carry on with our lives. I believe the people are beginning to awaken and make corrections to hold our Representatives’, House and Senate, feet to the fire. This midterm election confirms that thought.
          Jamal, if we continue to do like we have done over the last 30 years, and not direct our employees as to the results we expect and demand, we will have become what Rome became, extinct. We must regularly and consistently let our employees know we are watching and what we expect. If they fail to perform as required we must exact consequences and replace them with those who will represent us as required.

          As to my specifying a party… Republicans are guilty too. Those like McCain and Graham are at the core. However, you must see where the Progressive Liberal Democrats are the culprits of such. Just a couple of examples; Reid attempting to dismantle the First Amendment. The very right that gives you and I opportunity to have discussions like this without fear of reprisal from our government. Then there is the Second Amendment the left is continuously trying to chisel away. I do not know exactly if you are for or against, personally, but even if you are against it, that is your right for you. I happen to agree with the Second as written, and that is my right. I do not, however, have the right to force you to own or carry a weapon. That is your choice. Likewise, those who do not agree with it do not have the right to take mine away. RICO or Democrat.

          1. Eric G says:

            Regarding Second Amendment rights, the state of New York has some of the toughest anti-gun laws for private ownership or possession. I live in Florida and have a CCW. Most of the other states have some sort of reciprocity, but New York (and a handful of other states) will have none of it. I drive back and forth and spend a lot of time in NY (my residency is FL) and am not allowed to even possess any of my legally owned firearms. If I drive straight to upstate NY from FL and once I arrive at my family’s home put my handgun in a locked gun safe, even with no ammunition in the house, I can be charged with a felony. So I am denied my constitutional right to keep and bear arms whenever I drive to the northeast, and am forced to relinquish personal protection while I drive along 1400 miles of interstate and local roads.

          2. Kenneth Clark says:

            Eric, this must cease. Can a suit not be brought against the state for such blatant infringement and denial of your God given and Constitutionally guaranteed rights?
            We are fortunate here in Texas as an open carry bill has already been passed by our State Reps, Headed to Senate and will await Gov. Abbot’s signature. Although I think concealed carry is the most effective, it is a step in the right direction that every state should follow.

          3. TexasJester says:

            Regardless of what laws pass in Texas about open-carry and/or “constitutional carry”, I will continue to carry concealed. My thought is that if an idiot goes into an establishment with the intent to rob it with a weapon, were he disposed to shoot opposers to his plan, he would shoot anyone with a sidearm showing. (this includes police, guards, and anyone open-carrying.) I don’t plan on being involved in the first volley and being ventilated – that HURTS! Instead, I plan on doing the ventilating, along with whoever else is able to draw while the perp is involved with taking out the open-carriers.

          4. Kenneth Clark says:

            Oh, I personally agree. I will carry concealed for the same reasons. But it is nice to know that those that want to open carry will be able to.

          5. Eric G says:

            Definitely a great example of state versus federal law. I also prefer concealed carry. If Florida was open carry but legally I could carry concealed, I would keep my firearm hidden. No reason to walk around with a billboard saying to a criminal, “Shoot me first.”

          6. Kenneth Clark says:

            Likewise. I hope one day soon NY will be awakened and realize the removal of rights by those who want total control must stop.

          7. Eric G says:

            It’s really out of control. I’m not even complaining about a CCW up there; I just want to be able to bring my weapon along for the ride and then keep it in the house in the mountains. I swear I will NEVER take it with me to Woodstock and upset all the left wing Nazis there (our house is 15 miles from Hippie Disneyland).

    2. Eric G says:

      Excellent points. It seems like government (regardless of party) continues to take steps so it can infringe on our personal freedoms. I read your other comment to Kenneth and it’s nice to see another person who believes in the Constitution, regardless of political party.

    3. TexasJester says:

      For once, sir, I agree with you whole-heartedly.

  2. Lucktoday says:

    This is stealing.

  3. Tony says:

    Lol, raise your hand if you want police to come into your house to look around for dead peoples guns? Come on a show of hands who really wants this? what if they find a 5th generation family heirlooms passed down does it get CONFISCATED?

  4. Aaron Mason says:

    I agree, this is bullshit.

    Molon Labe

  5. Robert Beers says:

    The law applies only to handguns, not rifles, shotguns or other “long guns”. It is a bad law, but it is one the books. The best way to deal with it is to obey, get a receipt, and do not hand over anything without one. Then band together and get the law changed through the legal process.

  6. capers2 says:

    Isn’t there something in the Bill of Rights about government confiscating personal property without just compensation?

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