A 19-year-old Massachusetts man is suing the town of Dighton and the police chief for taking away his 2nd amendment rights. Not only did the police confiscate all of his guns and take his firearms identification card, but they did it for one of the most ridiculous reasons imaginable. Because they questioned his maturity.
The Taunton Gazette has reported that Matthew P. Plouffe has filed a lawsuit that calls for the return of his guns, his identification card, and calls for the payment of Plouffe’s attorney fees.
So why did the police take Plouffe’s guns which included two pump-action shotguns, 10 rounds of rifle ammunition, five rounds of shotgun ammunition, a muzzle-loading black powder rifle, a 28-inch shotgun barrel, a box of black powder bullets and other accessories and tamper-resistant locks?
Plouffe was stopped by a Dighton police officer in the late afternoon on March 26, after a passenger in a car matching Plouffe’s vehicle had been involved in a verbal altercation earlier that day. The officer spotted an unloaded shotgun, equipped with a cable trigger lock, in the back seat, the lawsuit states. Plouffe, according to the lawsuit, produced a valid FID card and the officer inspected the gun, but the items were returned and no citation was issued.
However, after the incident a police sergeant learned of an incident when Plouffe was target shooting with minors and cleaning guns with them. Even though Plouffe had the parent’s permission and was in accordance with local laws, the police questioned his “maturity” and decided to skip due process of law and went after his guns.
On March 27, the lawsuit states, police Chief Robert MacDonald and the sergeant decided that Plouffe’s FID card would be suspended and any weapons in his possession would be seized. That same day all of Plouffe’s guns were confiscated by the police and his FID was taken.
Framingham-based Second Amendment lawyer Matthew Trask is representing Plouffe and he would not speak directly about the case but did say something about FID cards.
“The only reason you can’t get that license or it should be taken away is if you are disqualified for statutory reasons, convicted of crime, or confined to mental institution, or are addicted to alcohol or controlled substances, or you get a 209A restraining order against you,” Trask said.
In this case we have a man who lost his guns because of his choice of friend’s and the pure prejudice of law enforcement that thought he was immature for teaching his younger friends how to shoot and clean firearms.