Police act swiftly after gun purchases
Concerns about an Oregon Department of Transportation employee who purchased several guns after being placed on leave prompted law enforcement across Southern Oregon to step in.
ODOT Communications Director Patrick Cooney said there were administrative, personnel matters involved that limited what the department could discuss.
However, the state agency had reported concerns about the man to law enforcement agencies, who started monitoring him, officials said.
Authorities were "extremely concerned" that the man may have been planning to retaliate against his employers, the news release said.
"Instead of being reactive, we took a proactive approach," OSP Sgt. Jeff Proulx said.
Police are holding the weapons for safekeeping, but no criminal charges have been filed.
ODOT: the same agency that wants to put a GPS device in your car. Perhaps this will facilitate the issuing of proactive speeding tickets.
OSP: arresting your for things that you haven't done but that a government worker imagines you could possibly do.
Several lessons should be taken from this. First, buy private. It is clear that the background checks are being used for more than just making sure that you can legally purchase a firearm.
Second, where is the Oregon ACLU? These guys have wild nightmares of an out-of-control government keeping child-porn out of taxpayer funded libraries but can't seem to comment on a citizen being taken from his home in the middle of the night on the whim of government officials?
Third, we aren't paranoid if they really are out to get us.
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.