Va. collector squares off with his home country over rare, World War II rifle
Even Poland does not dispute the fact that the rifle was likely captured and used by German forces at the beginning of the war and then liberated by an American soldier at the war's end roughly seventy-five years ago. They still demanded that the U.S. Government step in and snatch the rifle back from a private citizen who bought it legally in the U.S. five decades later and has owned it openly for twenty years. Gaisor tried to fight the good fight to retain his property but in the end, he was forced into a settlement where he was forced to sell the rifle to the Polish Government.
Settlement in case of rare Polish rifle seized from Virginia gun collector
Gee, thanks for looking out for American property rights, Obama Administration. Walking into a private citizen's home and taking his property by force at the request of a foreign government even though no wrongdoing was alleged by that citizen?
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.asserted a claim that "as far as the U.S. government is concerned, anything brought over the border at any time was within Department of Homeland Security jurisdiction and could be seized."
Amendment IV, United Stated Constitution, (1791).
OK, that should scare the hell out of any American who has any foreign-made firearms, or anything else that came from overseas in his or her house, or who just understands our Constitution and loves his or her liberty. That's a whole new power that the U.S. Government is claiming and they seem to have gotten away with it here even after the NRA graciously hired a lawyer to help defend Gaisor. (And good on the NRA for doing this!) Kristoper Gaisor lost a rifle and the right to sell it for the price that he wanted. What might you or I lose tomorrow should someone in the Obama Administration (or post-2016 Clinton Administration) decide on a whim to just show up and start taking stuff? Our nation's founders wrote and ratified that Fourth Amendment for a reason, and cases like this are undoubtedly exactly what they were thinking about when they wrote it.