Own A Gun? Now You Could Get No-Knock Raided

You have to love this case.  The Rutherford Institute reports:

In August 2006, Collin County (Texas) police obtained a warrant to search John Quinn’s home based on information that Quinn’s son might be in possession of controlled substances. The warrant did not authorize police to enter the residence without knocking and announcing their entry. Nevertheless, based solely on the suspicion that there were firearms in the Quinn household, the SWAT team forcibly broke into Quinn’s home after he had gone to bed and proceeded to carry out a search of the premises. During the raid, Quinn was shot by police because he had reached for his lawfully owned firearm, thinking that his home was being invaded by criminals. The raid resulted in police finding less than one gram of cocaine, which Quinn was charged with possessing.

The Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision saying that, since they suspected that legally owned firearms were in the house, the police did not have to knock and announce themselves.  Never mind that the father would most certainly be alive today had they announced themselves first.

One man dead, a child left fatherless, now with a criminal record, and our right to privacy destroyed over less than a gram of cocaine. Gotta love that drug war.

  • Marc

    And I thought Texas had Good Gun Laws.