Buffalo Police to Seize Firearms of Deceased Gun Owners (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Police are planning to confiscate the guns of permit holders after they die in Buffalo, N.Y.

The police can do it thanks to a New York state law that says if a gun owner dies, his or her estate has 15 days to turn the firearms into police who can hold the guns for up to two years. If the estate doesn't turn the guns in, then the police can confiscate the weapons.

According to WGRZ, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda announced the program during a press conference last week (video below).

"We recently started a program where we're cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we're sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don't end up in the wrong hands," said Commissioner Derrenda." Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street."

However, gun rights advocates are appalled.

"They're quick to say they're going to take the guns," Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, told "But they don't tell you the law doesn't apply to long guns, or that these families can sell [their loved one's] pistol or apply to keep it."

"These gun collections can value into the hundreds of thousands," added Dominic Saraceno, a Buffalo defense attorney. "If a police officer came to my door without a warrant signed by a judge, I'm not giving them anything. Most people don't know that and get intimidated."

Sources:, WGRZ