Police in one Wisconsin town are telling residents: Let us search your home for guns you don’t know you have.
Incredibly, the police want to come into homes without a warrant to look for firearms that have perhaps been long forgotten.
The Beloit say that the recently launched new program is merely an effort to “reduce gun violence” in the city.
Beloit, Wisconsin, Police Chief Norm Jacobs told the media he does not expect the phone to ring off the hook with complaints from citizens, but he said the program is needed.
“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers,” he told Wisconsin Public Radio.
Second Amendment advocates largely feel the warrantless home searches will be yet another misguided and pointless effort to combat gun crimes. Jacobs, though, believes it could help find guns linked to crimes.
“That’s really what we’re looking for,” he said. “Maybe we’ll find a toy gun that’s been altered by a youngster in the house — and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”
Since the home searches are voluntary, an individual with an illegal gun can simply decline the inspection, keeping their hidden gun tucked away until “needed.” After all, critics says, criminals ignore “no guns allowed” signs at schools, courthouses and businesses. Why would a person with an illegal gun suddenly opt to start following the law?
During 2014, there were seven gun homicides in Beloit. Four of the victims in the crimes were teens or young men in their early 20s, WPR reported.
Melissa Holloway’s son, Raymond, 20, was killed in a gun incident in April.
“Pretty much all those kids and young men just need to be is educated,” Holloway told the radio network. “You have a lot of them that barely read at a fifth-grade level yet they’re 25 year-old-men. But they know how to work a gun. There’s something wrong with that picture.”
Second Amendment advocates in other states says citizens in the town should be outraged.
“This is a clear and direct attempt to violate these residents’ Fourth Amendment rights,” Art Thomm, vice president and lobbyist for West Virginia Citizens’ Defense League, told the Inquisitr. “Nothing good can come from having a government representative come on your property and let them have an open invitation to look around at your personal belongings. Lawful firearms owners know what they have. They know the guns are legal. The only thing this will do is make certain that they have you clearly written down as owning a firearm. The people of Beloit should be outraged at the idea!”
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