DC Police Raid Man’s Home, Hold Children at Gunpoint – Find 1 Shotgun Shell & 1 Spent Casing

October 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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12gaugeshotgunshell (1)Not sure how we missed this when it actually happened earlier this summer, but apparently the trial in this case is about to get underway.

Kudos to Emily Miller at the Washington Times for bringing this to the attention of the public.

Mark Witaschek lives in Washington DC. He is a financial advisor, considered successful in his career and has no prior criminal record.

At the urging of his ex-wife, police conducted two raids on Witaschek’s home to look for illegal guns.

During one raid, 30 SWAT officers entered the home, broke down interior doors with a battering ram, pulled Witaschek’s teenage son naked from the shower at gunpoint and ransacked the home.

While all of this was going on, police shut down the streets around Witaschek’s home for blocks.

Witaschek must have been keeping some sort illegal arsenal in his home to warrant this type of attention, right? WRONG.

Police found a single shotgun shell, which was a souvenir from a hunting trip and one spent ammunition case (aka a piece of scrap brass) and bullets (not loaded ammunition, just bullets) meant to be used in antique firearms.

Police also documented other finds which were not even illegal, including an antique display pistol (not considered a firearm under law), a gun cleaning kit, and a holster.

According to Miller,

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with the police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Instead of apologizing for the estimated $10,000 in damages caused by raid along with emotional distress, prosecutors plan to take the charges to trial, which is scheduled to start next month.

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