It Begins: Buffalo PD to Confiscate Registered Guns from Families of Deceased Nope. Still right here
Buffalo’s Police Commissioner, Daniel Derrenda made the announcement recently at a press conference.
Commissioner Derrenda said that the department will be sending people to collect guns that belong to pistol permit holders who had died so “they don’t end up in the wrong hands.” The department will cross reference pistol permit holders with death records and the guns will be collected when possible, he said.
There is, until now a rarely enforced law in New York, that states if the handgun permit holder dies, the estate has 15 days to dispose of the firearms or turn them over to authorities, who can hold the weapons for up to two years, or a family member could face a misdemeanor charge that can carry a fine and up to a year in jail.
Dominic Saraceno, a Buffalo defense attorney, said he anticipates legal challenges. He is concerned that family members may simply allow police to retrieve the guns while not realizing their value.
“These gun collections can value into the hundreds of thousands,” he said. “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.”
The fact that the Buffalo PD fully intends to track death certificates in order to determine if the deceased had a registered handgun so they can “force” the family to hand it over, is unconscionable. What they are doing gives a reprehensible, near-literal meaning to the phrase coined by Mr. Charlton Heston, “[If they want my gun they’ll have to pry it] from my cold, dead hands!”
What of the families? Fifteen days are hardly a reasonable amount of time to grieve for the loss of their loved ones, let alone tackle the heart-breaking task of sorting through their possessions and determining who should inherit which item, including which guns may be valuable or sentimental heirloom firearms.
“They’re quick to say they’re [BPD] going to take the guns,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. “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 said enforcing the state law is the latest example of authorities targeting law-abiding gun owners, while doing little to secure the streets.
This is a thinly disguised, gun-grabbing technique that proves that the pro-Second Amendment crowd was right all along.