Gordon A. Etzler & Associates, LLP may have won another victory for individual rights yesterday in a case involving the state’s right to seize lawfully owned firearms. A Northwest Indiana Times article discussed the case today.
The case involved several firearms seized in 2010 by the Chesterton Police Department after officers were notified that an individual was intoxicated with weapons in his home. According to court documents, officers repeatedly told the individual the weapons were being held for safekeeping. Only after several months did the department announce it was “seizing” the weapons. Attorney Blackstone argued to the court that his client was not a dangerous individual. Therefore, Indiana law did not allow such a seizure and the property should be returned.
After hearing arguments from Attorney Blackstone and the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office, Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa said it appears things have changed since he initially allowed the seizure and took the matter under consideration.