[Video] Authorities in California Confiscate All of Man’s Guns…by Mistake
What could go wrong when you give a law enforcement division free reign to confiscate firearms from people who they think are prohibited from having them?
Well, for starters, you could accidentally send multiple agents to confiscate multiple guns from someone who IS allowed to own guns.
That is exactly what happened to Michael Merritt in Bakersfield, CA on November 5th. The gentleman who had a collection of 18 firearms was told a conviction from 1970 for marijuana possession cross checked as being a felony.
Merritt tried to protest, telling officers that the possession law he was convicted with 44 years ago isn’t even on the books today, and wasn’t even a felony back then. Merritt’s protests got him nowhere though, and officers told him if they didn’t let him confiscate the weapons they would be back with a warrant and would charge him possessing firearms as a felon. Fearing serious jail time and loss of his job, Merritt had to relent.
However, that wasn’t the end of things. According to Bakersfield Now, Merritt got a phone call a few days later,
Merritt said several days after his guns were taken, an agent called back to say his guns would be returned.
“I asked him, ‘Why did you do this? What’s going on?’ He said, ‘We made a big mistake,'” according to Merritt.
On Nov. 21, Merritt said several officers came back and returned all the guns.
California is one of the few states that actively seeks out and attempts to confiscate firearms from people who might have become ineligible to own them since the time they were purchased. The program has already come under scrutiny with many calling it a waste of valuable law enforcement resources. The program has also conducted some questionable confiscations. In addition to Merritt’s case, authorities also confiscated a man’s firearms because he wife sought treatment for depression and anxiety.