Originally Posted by Chester
Isn't it reasonable logic to think they would have a warrant?
In a word, "No." A warrant has to be based on probable cause that the officers will be able to find evidence of a crime. In order to get a warrant, officers have to write an affidavit to the court, explaining IN DETAIL what the crime is, and why the officer believes there is evidence of that specific crime
in the location to be searched. As long as firearm possession is legal, there is no crime in simple possession, unless of course you live in Washington DC, New York City, or are a convicted felon, under indictment or convicted of domestic violence. I know about warrants, because I'm the guy who had to write the affidavits.
Now, having said all of that, that assumes the cops are playing by the rules and don't have a corrupt judge who is willing to issue a bad warrant.
Often times officers will conduct what is known as a "knock & talk," where they try to bully people into letting us in to search. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The original idea for those was to pressure known drug dealers out of the neighborhood in those cases where you know what they are doing but can't prove it. Over time the practice has been used to push a political, anti-gun agenda by the local "big thinkers."
My reply would be, "Go away and leave me alone until you get a warrant."
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