Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)- Trial judges need specific information about physical threats before ordering firearms seized, according to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.
It took a team of 15 lawmen and court bailiffs an entire day to remove all the firearms and ammunition from Alecs Dean’s Southwest Florida home last year.
They filled an entire box truck.
Dean, a firearms expert and consultant, had amassed an incredible collection.
Most of the firearms seized weren’t even firearms, legally.
“They were antiques,” said Dean’s Attorney, Eric Friday, who is also general counsel for Florida Carry, Inc.
Dean’s ammunition collection was as extensive – consisting of thousands of rare and exotic rounds, including many pinfire cartridges, which Dean had painstakingly sorted with a magnifying glass over the years.
“They all got dumped in a box,” Friday said. “They took ammunition components that weren’t even covered by the order. They sure didn’t have the authority to seize them.”
To be clear, the court ordered Dean to surrender his weapons. It did not authorize the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to seize anything.
“They seized them on their own,” Friday said. “They just went in and grabbed them without a court order or a search warrant.”
Dean told the deputies he had a third party on the way to take possession of his collection, and he even offered to hand over the keys to his home and stay elsewhere until things could be worked out. The lawmen didn’t relent.
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