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Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Put Guns In Those Pawnshops
The following comes to us from Hal Herring, who lives in Montana and writes mostly about conservation:
“Last winter, when I drove down to Alabama, I pawned my re-weld M-14 for extra money. After my wife paid off the loan, the pawn shop told her that the rifle had been seized by the Sheriff’s Department because its serial number allegedly matched that of a rifle stolen in Detroit, or Bakersfield, depending on who was telling the story.
<p>“I’ve now worked for three months to get it back. Called the NRA, lawyers, sent letters, called and written the local district attorney. Nothing. Finally I found a lawyer who gave me a straight bit of info. There is a statute that says law enforcement can seize items from a pawnshop without a warrant, and if they think the item is stolen, you are out of luck. </p>
<p>“I found out where the rifle had been owned before it was sold to me, and gave this information to the sheriff’s department and they never even bothered to check. Lawyers in private practice aren’t interested in challenging the cops because the money involved isn’t enough to justify their time. </p>
<p>“The M-14, which I had owned for 15 years and had a lot of sentimental value to me, is gone. I can’t really believe this has happened, but it surely has.”</em></p>