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Old January 28, 2013, 05:20 PM   #210
Evan Thomas
Join Date: July 7, 2008
Location: Upper midwest
Posts: 5,141
Originally Posted by Jayster
He and the rest of us would be a lot better served if he would consider criminal control.

Would anyone have a problem if law enforcement went door to door of people they knew should NOT legally own a gun and confiscated any they found?

That's criminal control, at least until they go out and get another.
Umm... well... actually, I do have a problem with that.

If it were done as you describe -- searching people's houses wholesale, on the sole basis that they are prohibited persons, without probable cause to believe that they may have guns illegally in their possession, and without search warrants based on that probable cause -- it would be an egregious violation of their rights under the Fourth Amendment.

You know, the one that goes:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Prohibited persons have lost only their Second Amendment rights. Neither they nor the rest of us have lost our Fourth Amendment rights yet, but what you propose would be a good start.
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