Washington DC police launch voluntary handgun search program Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:13 PM ET
[JURIST] Washington DC police are launching a new voluntary program to reduce the number of guns in the city after the US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] last month that a city ban on private handgun ownership violated the Second Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. Under the Safe Homes Initiative [Washington Post report], police will ask residents for permission to search their homes for guns and residents will receive amnesty from prosecution for any weapons confiscated under the program. Critics allege that the program could amount to a violation of the Fourth Amendment [text] right against unreasonable search and seizure if homeowners are intimidated into allowing the searches. The Washington DC chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] has distributed flyers [DOC text] advising DC residents of their constitutional rights. NBC has more.
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