9/11 Hero Suing New York Over Confiscation Of Guns

| by Ethan Brown
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A former member of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is suing Nassau County police to attempt to get his collection of firearms, valued at $100,000, returned to him after they were confiscated following a call to his home last year.

The plaintiff, Marc Weinstein, is now disabled after injuries he received from working and assisting through the terrorist attacks of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Since his retirement, he has found other hobbies, including competition long-range rifle shooting.

On Feb. 25, 2014, police were called to Weinstein's home after he and his son were fighting over a washing machine. However, no threats of violence were made and Nassau County police forced the retired 9/11 fireman to hand over all of his guns and pistol license or be arrested, all of this without a warrant. Now, Weinstein is pursuing a case against the county for intruding on his Second Amendment rights.

Rovert Bean, Mr. Weinstein's attorney, said, "We believe this case shows the disdain with which Nassau County and New York politicans in general hold the Second Amendment rights of their citizens."

In the case of Weinstein vs. Krumpter, Weinstein is suing the Nassau County police chief and three other officers who arrived to his home last year to take his weapons. He is asking for the return of all of his guns in addition to $2 million in punitive damages and eliminating any laws that force citizens to turn their guns over to police if there is no probable cause.

After the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shootings in December 2012, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed the NY SAFE Act, considered one of the strictest gun laws in the nation for its banning of high-capacity magazines and search and seizure methods. It was passed in January 2013.


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