Citing the state of Massachusetts’ law that requires all gun owners to store firearms in a safe manner out of the reach of children, Swampscott Selectman Barry Greenfield said he supports enabling local police officers to force their way into private homes of registered gun owners to inspect their firearm storage.
Currently, police are required to obtain a warrant and abide by the protections that all Americans are afforded under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution before entering private residences. However, “We need the ability to enforce the state law,” said Selectman Greenfield. Apparently, Greenfield does not believe local Swampscott residents are worthy of 4th Amendment protections.
According to this elected official, civil liberties no longer apply in his utopia in Massachusetts. Gun owners are typically wary of calls for gun registrations because of politicians like Greenfield who believe their own draconian political ambitions trump the Constitution.
I refer all readers to the 4th amendment to the Constitution, which states that all people are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures and requires a warrant and probable cause before government officials can enter homes and seize property. Clearly, this proposed policy would violate the 4th Amendment and leave residents wondering where their constitutional rights went.
Greenfield backed off his statements to BearingArms.com.
I’m simply asking the question of whether an existing law can be enforced. I’m not trying to add any laws. I asked our board of selectmen whether we could look into potential methods of enforcement. Can the police conduct a investigation with due notice, similar to a building permit inspection or a fire inspection when you want to sell your home? If not, fine.
Right, Mr. Greenfield. What you meant to say is that freedom-loving Americans caught on to your suggestion that the 4th Amendment no longer apply in your fair town.