OK, I’m in. Here’s a scenario with multiple questions.
You and your spouse live together out in the country in a close knit-rural community. Your spouse purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver for your 60th birthday.
You use the Model 60 revolver to shoot and kill an armed individual who breaks into your house at 3AM. The Sheriff’s Deputies arrive on the scene and begin their investigation. The chief investigator identifies the person you shot as his cousin. You were a political opponent of the current Sheriff and the DA.
The investigators take your Model 60 but say “How do we know this is the gun you shot?” and ask for your permission to open your gun safe to see if you have any other firearms that could have been used in the shooting. In the gun safe, are 2 AR-style magazines with a 30-round capacity that you bought at a gun show from a vendor positioned next to a uniformed police officer working security. The state you live in restricts magazine capacity to 15 rounds.
You also have your deceased mother’s property in your house that you obtained when cleaning out her house when she died. Among her belongings is a stash of marijuana gummies that she took for back pain. In your state, marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use, but nevertheless, illegal under federal law. You know that the Sheriff, DA and chief investigator participated in political groups opposed to the legalization of marijuana in your state.
Question #1: Should you give permission for a search of your safe and house?
Question #2: Assuming the answer to Q #1 is “no” and the deputies arrest you and obtain a warrant, can they charge you with illegal possession of high-capacity magazines and marijuana? If so, how would they establish that these illegal items belonged to you and not your spouse’s or your dead mother?
Question #3: Assuming the deputies take all of the firearms from your safe, will they be returned to you given that they also discovered marijuana in your house?
Question #4: Does the relationship between the investigator and the person killed have any bearing on the case?
Question #5: Would your USCCA insurance defend you against charges (e.g., possession of a high-capacity mag, possession of marijuana) discovered in the course of an investigation into a righteous self-defense firearms use?