On the eve of the Oral Arguments, the District of Columbia is planning on "consent searches" on residents in the District searching for illegal firearms. Here's the Washington Post story:
D.C. Seeks Consent To Search for GunsConsent searches...think about that, folks. The jackbooted thugs show up at your house and ask for your...consent...to let them search your house. Both the ACLU and the Second Amendment Foundation are up in arms:
Amnesty Offered for Access to Homes
By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 13, 2008
D.C. police are so eager to get guns out of the city that they're offering amnesty to people who allow officers to come into their homes and get the weapons.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced yesterday the Safe Homes Initiative, aimed at parents and guardians who know or suspect that their children or other relatives have guns. Under the deal, police target areas hit by violence and seek adults who let them search their homes for guns, with no risk of arrest. The offer also applies to drugs that turn up during the searches, police said.
The program is scheduled to start March 24 in the Washington Highlands area of Southeast Washington. Officers will go door-to-door seeking permission to search homes for weapons. Police later plan to visit other areas, including sections of Columbia Heights in Northwest and Eckington in Northeast.
Arthur B. Spitzer, legal director of the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the program is "a very bad idea." He said officers might act so aggressively that residents feel coerced into letting them in.Sptizer is also quoted by another source adding:
"It sends the message to the public that the police ought to be able to search your house anytime for any reason," Spitzer said. "People will be intimidated. That cheapens civil liberties and privacy for everyone.
"How dare Mayor Adrian Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier launch this program within days of oral arguments challenging a 31-year-old extremist gun law that has already been declared unconstitutional by a federal court,” he continued.“District citizens, as well as members of Congress, should be furious.Alan Gottlieb issues a special SAF Alert on the jackbooted thugs assault on the Consittution:
A plan to conduct “consent searches” for guns in District of Columbia residences is “an outrageous exercise of police state demagoguery,” the Second Amendment Foundation said today.You want to know what's at stake next week at the Supreme Court? This is what's at stake!
SAF founder Alan Gottlieb condemned the plan as “a public relations effort designed to influence, through crass dramatics, Tuesday’s scheduled oral arguments on the constitutionality of the District’s handgun ban before the Supreme Court.”
“Launching this effort,” he stated,“on the eve of Supreme Court arguments over the city’s horribly failed handgun ban underscores the Draconian mentality that lies at the root of gun laws like the District handgun ban.
“Calling this project the ‘Safe Homes Initiative’ is an insult to our intelligence,” Gottlieb stated.“If District residents allow this to happen, no home will be safe from warrantless fishing expeditions by police, because that’s exactly what this thinly-disguised program is really all about. We think Congress should step in immediately and stop this from happening.
“Isn’t it ironic that the District heads to the Supreme Court next week in an effort to destroy one-tenth of the Bill of Rights,” Gottlieb concluded,“while they prepare to launch the kind of police state exercise the Bill of Rights was designed to prevent.”