Alberta Canada: RCMP Confiscate Guns From Evacuated Homes During Flood

I’m from the government and I’m here to help:

HIGH RIVER — RCMP revealed Thursday that officers have seized a “substantial amount” of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River.

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” said Sgt. Brian Topham.

“People have a significant amount of money invested in firearms … so we put them in a place that we control and that they’re safe.”

Isn’t that thoughtful, police grabbing guns from homes of flood victims because people have a lot of money invested in them. Why didn’t they tow cars or haul out appliances from homes? I would bet people have more money invested in those items than guns….

He did confirm that officer relied on forced entry to get into numerous houses during the early stages of the flood because of an “urgent need”, said Topham.

Police are no longer forcing themselves into homes and the residences that were forced open will be secured, he said.

Topham said the confiscated firearms have been inventoried and are secured at an RCMP detachment. He was not at liberty to say how many firearms had been confiscated.

“We have seized a large quantity of firearms simply because they were left by residents in their places,” said Topham.

The guns will be returned to owners after residents are allowed back in town and they provide proof of ownership, Topham added.

Nice. So, if you can’t find the paperwork for you firearm because YOUR HOME WAS FLOODED the government now owns your gun.

********************* H/T: TS ********************

  • Civil Candor July 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I’m thinking some of those gun owners are going to have problems a lot bigger than flooded homes and confiscated firearms. Probably best not to push the ownership thing too hard.

    • steve July 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      You’re probably right… The Mounties could ask several ‘uncomfortable’ questions.