**Gun owner says police violating his rights
**George Boggs thought he was doing police a favor last week when he handed over the firearm he kept in his car after he was in a wreck.
Boggs has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and he wanted his handgun secured while he went to the hospital, he said. The permit requires him to notify police of his weapon.
On Monday, when he went to the Fayetteville Police Department to retrieve his gun, he couldn’t get it back. He was told that police first wanted to fire the gun to see if the spent shell casing and round would match data in a nationwide ballistics inventory used to solve crimes. The gun is scheduled to be test-fired today, he was told.
He said the city is violating his Fourth Amendment rights that protect him from unreasonable searches and seizures
Police defend their decade-old policy of checking most handguns that come into their custody - no matter the reason - to see if they have been used in a crime. They say public safety outweighs any inconvenience to the owner.
Boggs said he did nothing wrong. He was not arrested. The gun was not taken from a crime scene. The other driver in the Aug. 14 accident was cited, a police report says.
“If they can get away with this, then they can get away with other things,” he said.
Gee, why not let cops just take everybody’s fingerprints? I mean if you don’t have anything to hide you should be happy to help law enforcement. Right? /sarcasm