The ACLU represented him to get his guns back? Did hell freeze over?
For the record, other articles mention that he is a veteran.
I’ll bet we’re all wondering what that conversation with his friend was about.
Did the "police" have a court order saying they could take the weapons? Where is it written that you need a court order to retrieve items seized by the "police"? If it is written, why?
This is going to be a lot harder that it appears on the surface. The essence of the federal RICO statute is that the police may “arrest” and keep physical items with no concern to their owners, using the awful logic that physical items do not have constitutional rights.
These seizures are incredibly common in the US, and are done even when no one is charged with a crime. Property and cash money (greater than $100, as ‘suspected proceeds from a drug transaction’ I believe) can only be recovered in superior court, which takes years and can cost $100,000 for an easily decided case.
If it is a federal “arrest”, they give 10% of the take to the local police, whether they were involved or not. So local police departments have been getting millions of dollars they can spend on any police-y thing they want to, corrupting them terribly by giving them an outside source of revenue other than their local government.
And the seizure of guns is a big part of this. All they have to do is say they were taken in “suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking”, even if they were in the safe of a dentist with no trace of drugs in his house, after claiming “an anonymous source” said there was a drug deal in that house.