Anyone know what the proper procedure someone is supposed to follow when they have been deemed ineligible to own a firearm? Do they have an opportunity to sell or give them away? I have a problem with the government taking private property...
If they are truly ineligible, I suppose I would rather the government take guns from those who are not legally allowed to have them than to take guns away from the rest of us. Slippery slope though...
once deemed ineligible to possess firearms, they usually define a time limit of when you need to forfeit all firearms by. here in CT it is 2 days, 48 hours. And here in CT you can either give them to (or have them be taken by) the gov/leo's, or you can give them to ANYbody else who is legally able to possess them. this means you may sell them, or give them to a family member or a friend or acquaintance, temporarily or permanently, so long as you follow all state laws in doing so.
IE: my father at one point was put into this situation, and at the time he owned rifles, shotguns, and handguns. he simply gave all the firearms to his father (my grandfather). there was no documentation of any type, no sale, no nothing. just told him the situation, asked if he'd take them for a while and said ok, then brought them all to his house. after the 48 hours was up, a state trooper went to my dad's house stating he was there to collect his firearms, my dad told him he did not have them anymore that he legally gave them to a family member (did not specify who) who was legally able to possess them all and who lives in a different town. the trooper asked if he could come inside and check if there were any firearms in the house, my father asked if he had a warrant, he didn't, so my dad said no. trooper called his supervisor while on the doorstep, told him everything that was stated, then left and never returned. nothing further ever happened. couple years later, oonce my father was eligible again, my grandfather returned all his firearms.
edit: if a person becomes indefinitely ineligible to possess firearms, they would simply need to follow state laws for getting rid of the firearms permanently. give them to anyone legally able to possess them, or sell them to anyone legally able to purchase them, but making sure to follow state laws in doing so. IE: here in CT you can sell a long gun to anyone of age who you don't have reason to believe is ineligible. so a face to face cash deal with no info traded is fine. but for handguns, the purchaser NEEDS to have a valid CT pistol permit, and the seller and buyer need to fill out a few forms and acquire an authorization number from Dept of Safety and Public Protection (previously known as DPS), and submit the forms to the proper authorities. this also applies to immediate family members.
But either this or the CA gun stealing requires gun registration and/or gun owner registration. Without one of those there's no way for them to know who "shouldn't" have the weapons. And without actual gun registration there's no way to know if all of the guns are gone or anything.
Overall that is just not a situation I would want to be in. Which is why I don't want to move to CA or the east coast.