The $64,000 Question

Sipsey Street Irregulars:

“So, if the order came down to pickup all assault weapons, would you do it?” He looked off into the distance for a minute and, then said, as if to no one in particular, “Yeah, I would.” And what about his fellow officers? Would they? Now he looked at me in the face. “Yeah, they would. Some of ’em wouldn’t want to, but they’d obey orders rather than lose their jobs.” I nodded. “But if it came to that, wouldn’t you have to pick up all the guns?”

He nodded in agreement and then said, “Look, if we’re in somebody’s house confiscating illegal guns, if its a firearm we’re taking it.” And what if the guy didn’t have the assault weapon they were looking for, what if he just had a shotgun or something? “At that point, I’m taking it until he can prove that he doesn’t have an illegal weapon hidden somewhere.”

This is entirely consistent with my experience regarding the police.


  1. How the heck do you “prove” you don’t have some hidden illegal thing? That’s ridiculous. So the legal thing is confiscated until you can disprove some conspiracy theory?

  2. Phelps says:

    Actually, that is how confiscation works now. You don’t even get your property back if you are acquitted. In fact, they don’t even have to charge you. You have to sue on behalf of the property in civil court and prove that you didn’t do anything to get it back.