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In an evacuated town, the police were the looters.

June 30, 2013

Recently, threatened by floods, the town of High River, Alberta, Canada, was mandatorily evacuated. While the residents were gone, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) broke into the homes of gun owners and confiscated their legally owned firearms (for the town’s safety).

The RCMP used the arms registry list to find the gun owners.

The RCMP did not re-secure these homes when they departed. (But they promised to re-secure them ‘later’.) If there was a looting risk, anything else of value was put at much higher risk: jewelry, tools, coin collections, furnishings, appliances.

Did the government intentionally put gun owners at risk of further looting by breaking into homes and then leaving them open? Will the government take responsibility for items that are missing? Did these good agents of the law also pocket a few things during this protective action?

What kind of proof will be required to reclaim ownership?

If a detailed inventory was kept, and the guns have been removed to safe location, why doesn’t the government return this collection of private property to its rightful owners?

The gun raid by the RCMP is evidence that the government will take, or create, every opportunity to confiscate legally-owned weapons and make it difficult to get them back.

Will residents cooperate with evacuation orders if they think the police will kick in the doors and rummage through their stuff?

Talk to your neighbors and decide how your group will handle or prevent such thievery.

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