Re: Shooter loses registered silencer to police.
It will be simple all right. If a prosecutor even hears about it, the Snohomish County Sheriff is sure to get a lecture on how the police are wasting his time with phony charges brought against persons in his jurisdiction.
What was the probable cause for seizing the silencers? Silencers are legal to own, sell, buy and make in Washington State. There are several class 3 dealers in the state and from what I hear most county sheriffs are willing to sign the ATF forms to make or buy silencers. Unless the people complaining about the silencers told the police they saw them being used, then the police had no reason to believe any laws were being broken.
I think the Sheriff will probably be apologizing to the owners of the silencers to head off a civil suit against the county sheriff's office. If the OP is correct, then the police officer was making up charges (class 3 felony) in order to unlawfully seize a title 2 weapon without AFT authorization. If the police officer actually thought he was dealing with a felon, then he would have put the cuffs on.
Something stinks about this story; it might be the person who had the silencer confiscated, it might be the police.
Last edited by Lark07; 02-07-2010 at 07:41 PM..