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Police Spokesman Says Cops Should Confiscate Firearms, Even if it’s Illegal

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Richard Beary, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, does not like the fact that some cops are hesitant to confiscate guns from people deemed “dangerous” to themselves or others.

The Police Executive Research Forum conducted a survey of 266 police agencies in 42 states and found the following:

More than a third of top police officials either believe they have no legal authority or did not know whether they could seize firearms from people who have been determined by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others…

Of those officials who believed they had such authority, more than half said they rarely or never used it in the past year…

Moreover, 60% of respondents said their agencies had no program or protocol for carrying out firearm confiscations.

In response to these findings, Beary said that cops should err on the side of violating civil rights.

“This is a problem. I’m not surprised that officers are apprehensive or intimidated … If there is a question, I would rather we confiscate. If we get hit with a lawsuit, then I’ll deal with it..”

With the gun debate flaming up again after the tragic mass shooting in Oregon, some authorities are drawing their lines in the sand.

This particular facet of the gun rights issue has to do with certain conditions that, in the eyes of the courts, render people ineligible to own a gun.

“Federal law prohibits firearms purchases from licensed dealers to people who have been found mentally defective, incompetent to handle their own personal affairs and those involuntarily committed to a mental institution.”

A judge can rule that people meeting these criteria can have their guns confiscated, on the basis that they are a danger to themselves or others.

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For law enforcement advocates, the survey results paint a troubling picture. They believe that confiscating guns from former criminals or the mentally ill is crucial to reducing gun violence and preventing mass shootings.

“This is clearly not an everyday part of law enforcement, and it should be,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “In most cases there is not a good process for removing guns. This is an area of big concern. We’re allowing people to be armed when they are considered to be most dangerous.”

In 2001, California began the most aggressive gun confiscation campaign in the country. The Armed and Prohibited Persons program has seized thousands of firearms from “people who previously purchased one or more guns legally but later have become ineligible to possess firearms due to criminal conviction, mental instability or other conditions.”

California Dept. of Justice agents have conducted 14.012 investigations since 2013, confiscating firearms in a majority of those cases.

In Maryland, cops have “the discretion to seize a firearm and send to our property warehouse for safekeeping” if they believe the situation has become unsafe. They don’t track the number of weapons seized.

The practice of confiscating guns from those deemed dangerous by a judge or police officers is perhaps the grayest area for those debating gun control.

The opinion that a person is dangerous to themselves or others is being made by government authority figures, not by medical professionals. This opens up the possibility that normal people who are not actually “dangerous” are being denied their second amendment rights.

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The question must be asked whether mass confiscation of guns from those deemed mentally ill or from former criminals actually has any impact on the rate of gun violence and mass shootings. Has it succeeded in ferreting out the few who decide to carry out senseless violence?

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  • Bullet ‘ s first.

  • Where’s those “good cops” I keep being told about?

  • Are you on the side of AMERICANS, or on the OTHER SIDE?

    Maybe it’s time you SHOW YOURSELF! Seriously. I dont’ know who you ARE? Are you a patriot or just a troublemaker bent on causing confusion?

  • This a very dangerous comment! It is antagonistic, and actually a call to law enforcement to violate civilians constitutional right to bear arms! This would be a blood bath!

  • There is no correlation between having a mental illness and being a mass murderer.

    • You think mentally well people do these things?

    • There is a perfect correlation between gun violence and guns

    • There is a perfect correlation to gun confiscation and armed revolt! Do you realize you are proposing an unconstitutional gun ban which will cause a war between us and the authorities. Is that what you want a WAR? Traitorous anti freedom globalist piece of trash!

  • i think we should confiscate firearms from the police.

    • They’d just make everything a swat issue then

    • Tasers aren’t “non-lethal” weapons, either. They should be illegal.

    • Seems like the police are murdering more un-armed people each year. It’s not just blacks that have to worry about being killed by the police anymore.

    • But the blue bastards are killing people with their tasers now too. Tased some poor guy in the balls til he died.

  • They can have the bullets!

  • Slow down there although I don’t believe every moron should have a gun, to go after existing guns will cause a lot more trouble

  • I winder will happen when people all figure out how to do psycho kinesis? People bending metal with their mind is a documented talent.

  • They can try. But lets face it. I pay taxes that pays cops. Bitch I will go on unemployment so quick just to do my part and end funding murderers and law benders known as police

  • Then he shouldn’t be surprised when someone shoots him to trying to steal their gun.

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  • Yeah whatever. COME AND TAKE IT YOU CUNTS!

    • You are the problem

    • We will fight to defend our rights. We stand for the freedom of the individual to protect himself from criminals/government. If you want to be a disarmed slave that is your business. You try to disarm the rest of us you will start a war! You are literally trying to rail against the supreme law!
      You sir are a criminal and an enemy of the people!

    • Richard^^

  • Good Luck with that……..If they don’t care if its illegal, then same goes here……get it?

  • MOLON LABE!

  • #firestupidcops

  • Following orders is not a get out of responsibility card.

  • So, make confiscation legal.

    • By what means Richard? By altering or abolishing our bill of rights? If you want to be a disarmed victim be my guest. Don’t tread on me!

    • Im sure your kitchen knives are next, please open this door. Im sure your okay with the government’s opinions on everything.

    • The constitution has an amendment process for a reason. Amend the 2nd.

    • Good luck with that traitor

    • You will start a war with your own country

    • Amending the constitution is a political process. If you fight that with guns then you are a national security person of interest.

  • There will be many who just happened to be (in the way) of serious sinners on the Day of Doom that has been prepared for the wicked…on that day there will be cloud burst, hailstones and millions of tons of volcanic ash blanketing hundreds of millions of people and animals, a great horrendous undoing of life…there will be weeping, gnashing of teeth and many cursing God as their lifes are extinguished.
    Every word I have said pertaining to the coming Judgment; every word I said will come to pass..all of it. I spoke not on my own accord but on he who sent me, only the words of My Father who is my God in Heaven, the one God, the God of Gods, it is his words that I speak. For I’am his servant.

    The world has hated me for warning them. I have been spit on, beaten, incarcerated, mocked, made fun of and I have lost my family. All the while there were all sorts of vile things that have been said about me. I’ve been hunted and chased, I’ve had machine guns pointed at me, my body is covered in scars, I have been forced onto psychopharmacutical drugs which inhibited me for long periods of time. I have seen those who loved me get captured and killed while their children were sold as sex slaves to the Free Mason Illuminati cohorts.I’am currently besieged by the congregation of the wicked, (refer to the book of Psalms)..all these things plus many more I have suffered and yet here I’am still telling the world what is about to come to pass and that It is I who has opened the Book of Judgment; as I was pre destined to do so.

    The book which is filled with mourning and woe has left me a near shattered man…but I refuse to let go of my Love for God for although he has shown me all this suffering, he has also shown me the abundance of peace and love for this creation in the world that is to come.. He has shown me a people who have no suffering and no sorrow, all love and perfectly content. A people blessed with the gifts and fruit of paradise. A whole new Heaven and new Earth where the old earth is not even thought of anymore. A people preforming their many talents before eachother in a never ending concert in the Gardens of paradise where all things are perfectly manicured into perfection.
    All the suffering the world is about to go through are the birthing pains of the new world that is to come. I hope that you can make it. I hope that you recognize the voice of the shepherd and you heed to his call. COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!

  • Anybody who Aprooves of this are Terrorists

  • cops will be killed and that sad but it is what it is us citicisn wont give up guns without fight

  • Welcome to the revolutionary war, Act 2.

  • This too, shall get out of hand. “The LAW” will start making there own brand of law and the Federal Government will back them. They will have effectively thrown out the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We will be done for at that point, unless we get another country to back our revolt.

  • Pigs are more corrupt than all the people locked up in prison and all pigs deserve to die!!!!!

  • Yawn. Such transparent propaganda.

  • nothing worse than a left wing cop LOL

  • come on. my house is my castle & I will defend it!!!!!!!!!

  • we know the real reason….

  • Good Cops are “weeded out” during the hiring process..

  • good….

  • Its time I make a citizens arrest then

  • 300 million guns in this country i dont think their coming!

  • Does that mean we can take their guns?

  • Organised crime saying it will do excactly what organised crime does. Ignore the law

  • That’s a great example of “Do as I say do, because I don’t have the balls to do it myself”.

  • Ill kill the first person who attempts to take my firearms from me illegally. I might even kill them if it were legal. I will not be made a victim by govt mandate or law. No one else should allow it to happen to them either.

  • What will fox news do!?!?!? Pro gun, or pro police???

  • Cops have been confiscating Legal and Illegal Guns for how many decades now?

  • Report it to federal authorities for investigation.

  • Of course the jackass says if he gets hit with a lawsuit he will deal with it. Lol omg. Easy for him to say when he is far behind the line of fire. Fucking coward.

  • why not you have never obeyed the law before.

  • Bad cops will try and die. Good cops that try to protect bad cops will also die. Good cops that defend civilians will live. Citizens are dieing, will continue to die, and die more and more frequently until YOU ALL decide you’ve had enough of being killed and take aggressive action against you enemies AT HOME rather than constantly making new enemies abroad.

  • Make it legal, do not Support the Gun Industries AND their Republican godfathers.

  • Or they can die trying…

  • Cops only care about legality when they can use it as a club against everyone else to assert their power and escape any rules and laws for themselves.

  • lock and load time

  • FUCKING COPS

  • Training to dehumanize.

  • Good luck with that

  • UP YOURS

  • alabubba

    And it’s not his money that’s used to pay these lawsuits. It’s the taxpayers!