Do you think exercising your Second Amendment right of legal gun ownership could be used by the State as a means to infringe upon privacy rights afforded by the Fourth Amendment?
Absolutely Yes! The State could and already has used their knowledge and databases of legal gun owners in order to justify “No-Knock” police raids on their residences.
For reference, let’s examine the circumstances that led to a SWAT-team style raid on a Collin County, Texas man in 2006. Police obtained a warrant to search John Quinn’s home based on information that his son might be in possession of illicit drugs. The warrant did not authorize the police to enter the home without knocking and announcing their entry.
This did not deter the cops. The police forcibly entered Quinn’s home without knocking or announcing. They did this based on information that there were firearms in the house.
During the raid Quinn reached for his legally owned handgun, not knowing that the invaders in his home were police officers, and was shot. After ransacking the residence, police only found less than a gram of cocaine. Quinn was charged with possession.
Thanks to the Rutherford Institute this case is not going away quietly.
The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Institute attorneys would argue that if owning or possessing a firearm is grounds for a raid, then police could circumvent protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment by using databases filled with individuals that exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. If the Institute is able to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and a favorable ruling is achieved, that would be a huge triumph for liberty.
For more information on the mission of the Rutherford Institute please tune in to last week’s episode of the Lions of Liberty podcast. Marc Clair was joined by John Whitehead, founder and President of the Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State.
The State will continue to attempt to degrade liberty unless the people fight back. Liberty lovers must continue to advance the ideas of liberty inside the system through judicial and legislative measures, as well as outside the system via education and activism.
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