Let’s just say you are wrongly flagged, but flagged none the less.
Here in the Communist state of NY, we have pistol registration so they know exactly what you own.
Let’s just assume a simple setup. There’s a pistol safe in a storage room as well as a long gun safe. Some long guns are “hidden”. Air Rifles (that belong to the local club) are in cases but out visibly.
So, scenario 1.
Cops show up at your door with the “order” in hand. Now I am assuming part of that order is a “search and seizure”.
Obviously I would be armed when I answer the door, thats just how it is. Do I have to turn over my wife’s gun? I am not giving up quietly. I’'l put out a threat of lawsuits about due process and rights, probably be a general jerk, but hopefully not enough to get shot!
For those that say cold dead hands… I own a business and have a wife and kids. Can’t really afford to die over my guns.
Do you show them to the safes right away and hope it satisfies them?
How much would they search? Would they find hidden guns? The reality is I want to keep protection and I don’t feel that if they can’t find it…is breaking the law, they are. (oh lawyers can have a field day).
Now you go to Court and fight…
Scenario 2. You get a call/text notifying you ahead of time.
How? well, we know enough Troopers and Sheriffs that it is a possibility. My wife does car seat checks as part of her job and certification with police regularly.
I am lucky that my favorite FFL lives 2 streets down from me. I can call him (we have talked as he knows the entire back story) and he would remove the guns and take legal possession before the cops show up. He would even stay and tell them and there isn’t a dang thing they can do about it! That also means when you are proven innocent, you get them back quickly. I do realize this is an unlikely scenario .
Pretty sure at this point I would only be a mild jerk just son they don’t hassle my FFL.
Once again you are off to court.
So the question is, do you fight, cave in? How much are you willing to hassle those wanting your firearms?
Do they hold your actions against you when you answer the door and subsequently end up in court?
Are you willing to risk your life over it?
Do you sue the person/people that wrongly flagged you after you have been proven innocent?
Do you sue the Government as well?
Can you afford the lawyer to sue them?
What kind of damages can be awarded to you?
If you legally have someone else’s guns, can that person go get them back before the court date?
I tried to keep it as generic as possible but the air rifle part is 100% real. I have a range in my basement which is pretty obvious!