Ravenwood - 07/28/04 08:00 PM
Wisconsin Gun Owners reports that police recently went door to door confiscating firearms.
Since their website has no permalinks and uses annoying frames, I've reprinted the entire article here:
OSHKOSH POLICE CONDUCT DOOR TO DOOR GUN CONFISCATIONSThis is why all police business should be conducted on the porch. If a policeman wants entry into my home, unless they have a warrant the answer is always "NO". I don't know about you, but if you hear that Ravenwood's guns have been taken, you'll know Ravenwood is dead.
Shooting of Oshkosh police officer results in knee jerk neighborhood gun grab
Oshkosh, Wis. -- Following the shooting of an Oshkosh police officer Saturday night, area residents were forced from their homes, their lawful firearms being confiscated by police.
The Oshkosh Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Unit responded to the area, with a K-9 police dog in pursuit of the perpetrator who was reported to have fled on foot.
Citizens' guns were seized through searches of area homes. The police promised to return the firearms after forensic tests proved they were not involved in the crime. The injured officer's name was withheld, but media reports indicate his condition is not life-threatening.
"The message is: Hand over your guns, now!" said Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners Inc. "This is a blatant case of guilty-until-proven-innocent and an abuse of police power."
Still, residents in the area are furious about the home invasions by police and what they see as theft of their property. Although early reports are unclear, they indicate a search warrant was issued for two homes, yet additional home owners also had firearms confiscated.
"We want the perpetrator of this crime caught and brought to justice just like everyone else," said Graff. "But that doesn't mean the police should trample citizens' 4th amendment protections, steal lawful private property and enter the home without reasonable suspicion or warrant."
One homeowner in the area said his guns were taken by police, guns that hadn't left his gun safe since last hunting season. Another victim of the police searches -- an elderly women -- reported waking up to officers' searching her home in the early morning hours.
The Oshkosh Northwestern reported, "Residents were not being allowed to return to their homes by press time."
- WBAY corroborates this somewhat, stating: "As the police were doing their door-to-door search on the night in question"
- The Post-Crescent states: "Officers began clearing houses shortly after. Residents in the area were being kept from returning to their homes as of late Saturday night."
- The Green Bay Gazette pretty much has the scoop, although they don't seem to be alarmed about it at all: "Special Weapons and Tactics Unit conducted a house-by-house search... ...The SWAT team completed its search by 5:30 a.m. Sunday and detectives began investigating the scene and gathering information. SWAT team members took firearms from at least two homes in the area, but without concluding they were used in the shooting."
I guess they've never heard of "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."
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