Colorado's background check law prevents law-abiding woman getting back her gun

This woman has every legal right to own her gun, but she is being prevented from owning it for self defense.  From the Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado:
The last time Sara Warren saw her personal handgun was in the ambulance after an accident on March 28. The police have refused to give the firearm back to her. 
The Loveland resident was taken to the Poudre Valley Hospital where her personal firearm was turned over to Fort Collins Police Services — where it's been ever since. 
Due to advice from the city attorney's office based on the Colorado gun transfer laws that went into effect July 1, 2013, the police have been unable to return her property. 
"I'm told there are other people in this situation," Sheriff Justin Smith said. "It's terrible when a law-abiding citizen gets caught up in something like this and it causes them to lose faith in their government." 
Warren said she used her Ruger compact SR9 handgun as protection during her work as a maid, entering strangers' homes alone. She has had to turn down work, not willing to risk her safety. 
"We had an opinion from our city attorney and district attorney not to return firearms without a (Federal Firearms License) check, and we don't have an FFL person in our office," said Fort Collins deputy chief Jim Szakmeister. . . . . 
GIven that this woman is a maid, forcing her to have to buy a new imposes a really high cost on her.  Even making her have to a fee for the transfer seems too much.



Blogger Mike aka Proof said...

"We had an opinion from our city attorney and district attorney not to return firearms without a (Federal Firearms License) check..."

Horse hockey! It's not the transfer of ownership from one person to another, it's the return of private property.

Does that mean stolen guns cannot be returned to their rightful owners without an FFL transfer either?

There may be no more prophetic words than, "Then the law is an ass."

5/10/2014 5:13 PM  
Blogger sage419 said...

The law was I'll conceived, poorly worded, and should never have passed. As this LE agency has chosen to enforce it, it has resulted in a legal taking, and they should be required to pay the owner full value for the property taken .

5/12/2014 2:23 PM  
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