I disagree. How does the clerk know the call was bona fide? One reason things are put into writing is to create accountability, another is to make sure that only well-reasoned orders are put into effect. The state police confiscated the firearms after getting a written approval from the judge, not based on a verbal "okay."
Now, the judge may be at fault if the judge is supposed to evaluate the facts behind the confiscate order, and decide if those facts satisfy the elements of the law that provide for confiscation. While judges are immune from suit, they are not immune to ridicule and opprobrium, and eventually, total loss of respect.
I’ve been following this story a few days. From all appearances, the Judge was lightning fast in relieving this fellow of his weapons, so let’s see how quick he is about redressing the wrong that’s been done.
Of course, I assume there’s paperwork, it should take more than a call. But they wrote and issued a Press Release, so somebody is handy with a word processor.