Um, that's EXACTLY what they did, Supergeniuses.
Multiple sites today are foolishly parroting the asshole anal-ysis (and I won't point fingers or name names, but the culprits' fingerprints are out there, kids) that the Seattle PD executed a warrantless seizure of a man's legally-owned weapons.
Just a suggestion, but maybe - just maybe - you want to track that kind of red-meat bullshit back to the source, before going off - you should pardon the pun - half-cocked, let alone half-assed.
Herewith, the actual incident, from KATU TV's website:
SEATTLE – The city’s police department became the first law enforcement agency in the state to force the surrender of a firearm under a new law known as an “extreme risk protection order.”
The incident involves a man who lives in Belltown, who neighbors said had been intimidating people for the past year - even staring-down customers through store-front windows with a gun holstered at his side.
Mental illness is suspected, but that new law allowed police to legally disarm him.
“He was roaming the hallways with a .25 caliber automatic,” said Tony Montana, who knows the man from his apartment complex. “And it created a lot of fear obviously because I didn't know if he was coming after me or gonna just start shooting the place up."
The man, who we are not naming, is also well known to the bars and restaurants below his unit along Second Ave. The volume of complaints convinced Seattle police to seek an extreme risk protection order - or “erpo” – which allows law enforcement to legally remove guns from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.
In this case, the man refused to comply. Because of the new law, police were then able to return with a warrant and force the man to surrender the firearm.
Clever readers with IQs higher than their shoe size will note the key phrase "return with a warrant".
For the fucktards in the blogosphere (and they are legion), the term for going to a judge, swearing out an affidavit, and returning to seize the therein-described person or contents is known by the catchy phrase "due process" since at least the time of Blackstone's Commentaries in 1740, one of the foundation stones of the US Constitution and Bill Of Rights.
So much for breathless suggestions from brainless jackholes that "tyranny has landed in America."
(And I should not have had to back-track through four sets of links before I hit a primary source, which immediately corrected the errors on those same low-IQ, low-reading-comprehension websites. Just saying: if the dunce cap fits, wear it with pride.)
Internet dumbassery for the win. Here's your prize.
That is jurisprudence as it's always been, for centuries hereabouts.
If you're too stupid to get that, STFU: you're not tall enough for this conversation.
Does that mean these laws are a good idea, or even pass the Constitutional sniff-test?
No, it fucking does not.
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And now Mr. Unnamed Sketchy Individual has legal standing to go to court, contest the validfity of the warrant, and recover his legally-carried property, seized for nothing other than the vague unease of gunfearing wussy lackwits, and a dearth of any nameable criminal acts. If TPTB fail to comply forthwith, he can go after them, with a bit in his teeth and a clear conscience. There should only be about ten organizations and 50,000 lawyers champing at the bit to take that case to court. (The NRA, in all likelihood, will be found on the back of a milk carton, to a metaphysical certainty.)
He can also afterwards, or concurrently, sue the ass off of SPD, the City of Seattle, and the State of Washingcommunist in federal court, for egregious prima facie violations of the Second, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution.
Immediate injunctive relief pending a decision, followed by filleting and barbequeing this unconstitutional bullshit with all the legal trimmings, would be a likely conclusion.
He should also sue John Does One through Fifty, and serve every local business and his co-tenants in his building, and depose them to find out who called, for conspiring with police to violate his constitutional rights for no probable cause nor criminal conduct.
Slapping the shit out of jackholes like that in the wallet is the only way to get their attention. A million bucks a piece for everyone that made a complaint should do for starters, and induce people to MYOB unless they see a criminal act. Truth is an absolute defense, but your precious feeeewings should get you jacked, stacked, and double-racked.
If that fails, load your magazines, and open season, with no bag limit.
This is still the sort of tyrannical bullshit that begets wars, and it's going to get cops shot for doing it.