Thursday, March 21, 2013

"If you have a warrant, you're coming in. If you don't, then you're not."

This sounds like a new twist on the practice of swatting innocent people. I'd love to know what the alleged report to the police consisted of, and if they had anything resembling probable cause to follow up on it.
New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle...

...“If you have a warrant, you’re coming in,” (family attorney Evan) Nappen told the officers. “If you don’t, then you’re not. That’s what privacy is all about.”

With his attorney on speaker phone, Moore instructed the officers to leave his home.
“I was told I was being unreasonable and that I was acting suspicious because I wouldn’t open my safe,” Moore wrote on the Delaware Open Carry website. “They told me they were going to get a search warrant. I told them to go ahead.”

Nappen told Fox News the police wanted to inventory his firearms...

Nappen said what happened to the Moore family should serve as a warning to gun owners across the nation.

“To make someone go through this because he posted a picture of his son with a .22 rifle on his Facebook page is pretty outrageous,” he said. “Does that mean that anyone who posts a picture like that has to consent to a home inspection and a gun inspection? I don’t think so.”
I hope the son learned some important lessons from this. One, never let police in without a warrant unless you have called them to the scene. Two, the police can't enter without a warrant unless they have your permission. Don't give it. Three, there are people out to get you just because you are a gun owner.

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