Police are asking residents to submit to voluntary searches in exchange for amnesty under the District’s gun ban. The program is starting in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of southeast Washington on Monday and will later expand to other neighborhoods. Officers will go door to door asking residents for permission to search their homes.
Obviously D.C. is responding to an expected loss in the Heller case, but what I want to know is, are people really giving the police permission to search their homes?!
But there’s something odd in this article:
A police spokeswoman said that if evidence of other crimes is found during voluntary searches, amnesty will be granted for that crime as well.
“Chief Lanier has been clear,” Traci Hughes said. “Amnesty means amnesty.”
This can’t possibly be true. If they find a dead body in your house, they’re going to give you amnesty? In any case, I doubt the police chief’s proclamation is binding on the district attorney.