Deputies confiscate a CNY veteran’s guns. They were wrong. What happened?Post Standard Syracuse NY ^ | July 31, 2017 | By Elizabeth Doran email@example.com, Posted on 7/31/2017, 10:11:43 AM
by Behind Liberal Lines
Don Hall was sitting in his living room watching TV with his girlfriend about 9:30 p.m. earlier this year when he was startled by flashing police car lights in his driveway.Hall met the Oneida County sheriff’s deputies in the driveway, worried that they were bringing bad news about a family member.Instead, the deputies produced an official document demanding that Hall, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who is a retired pipefitter, turn over his guns to them on the spot. On the document Hall said he was described as “mentally defective.”When Hall told police he’d never had any mental issues, Hall said, deputies told him he must have done something that triggered the order under the New York state’s SAFE Act.The deputies left that night with six guns – two handguns and four long guns.
Hall, who lives in the Oneida County hamlet of Taberg, hired a lawyer and secured affidavits from local hospitals to prove he hadn’t been recently treated…Eventually, his lawyer convinced a judge that authorities had him confused with someone else who had sought care and that his weapons should never have been seized.
To this day, no one at a hospital or the state and local agencies involved in taking Hall’s guns has admitted to Hall that a mistake was made, explained what happened or apologized….Hall said the only time he had been a patient at any of the hospitals was four years ago when he had a sleep apnea test…(Hall’s lawyer) believes another patient from Oneida County with Hall’s name was treated at the hospital and flagged for a mental health issue. Somehow that man’s Social Security number got mixed up with Hall’s, thus creating the error, the lawyer said.
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