May 20, 2014
'We're From The Government And We Are Here To Protect You' - US Court of Appeals Clears Way For Gun Confiscation
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police can enter your home without a warrant, search it, and confiscate any weapons they find, as long as they claim they have your best interest at heart.
In the case of Krysta Sutterfield vs. City of Milwaukee, et al., the judges ruled:
"The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel.
"At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home."
But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other than to protect Sutterfield from harm."
"Even if the officers did exceed constitutional boundaries," the court document states, "they are protected by qualified immunity."
While there may be circumstances in which police officers must act in order to protect a person's life, this ruling is vague enough that it opens the door for warrantless searches and gun confiscation by any law enforcement authority who simply states they are acting to protect the individual.
The Journal Sentinel has more background on this case. Interestingly, a person claiming to be Sutterfield is posting in comments with her side. It is worth a read.