Monday, July 25, 2011

Protect your stuff - from EVERYONE

Short and sweet.  Gun safes have a lot of different functions.  They keep little fingers off of things they shouldn't be touching.  They do the obvious of protecting your stuff from criminals and fire.  Oh, and one last thing.  It can be one last layer of 4th Amendment protection for you at your most vulnerable moment.

Soooo...  It's a justified self-defense shooting.  I don't know why in the world law enforcement would take it upon themselves to confiscate firearms and ammunition that were not involved in a shooting.  Maybe there were other circumstances (ie felon in possession), but I would think you'd be reading about the arrest of the homeowner as well.  I'm not even a fan that they would confiscate the firearm used in a self-defense shooting in a home.  This is a perfect example of why Clint Smith and Massad Ayoob say you should have a scripted response for after an incident and then say you will cooperate fully after you speak to your attorney.  And no, you cannot take anything from my home without a warrant or without speaking to my attorney.  No, I'm not opening that safe without a warrant.  Now the homeowner is potentially defenseless against the retribution from thug friends and/or family.  Good police work there, Barney.

Also, based on the comments of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Virginia is in dire need of a well-written Castle Doctrine.


  1. Excellent, I had to store my guns with a friend after I moved for a whileas I didn't have a gun safe in the new place (my home had one built in that even a crafty burglar would not have found).

    It's worth the investment.

  2. I'd love to do a built-in design. The one we got fits perfectly in closet (I'm not a fan of safes that are visible to just anyone. I have a few lockable options. It sure keeps my mind at ease with little ones running around.

  3. +1 on the safe. Hell, you helped me move my safe into my house before I even bought a TV!

    And that PD is insane to take every gun from the house. There are all sorts of Constitutional issues with that.

  4. Yep, safe, lawyer, and no search... Concur with ALL of those.

  5. Yeah, That Guy, I don't think I'll ever forget using a jack to hang a safe door.

    NFO - The piece of advice I'm starting to give to new shooters is instead of spending that bit of change on a 3rd or 4th gun, they need to consider investing in some kind of locking container. It's tough to put off a gun purchase, but such a great investment.