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CT police confiscated firearms from disabled Navy veteran

On Feb. 20, 2013, Michael Connelly, J.D., a constitutional law attorney and executive director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), sounded the alarm that the Obama regime has a new scheme to disarm veterans.

According to Connelly, U.S. military veterans have received a letter from the VA informing them that they were found to be “mentally incompetent” and are thus forbidden “from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition.” (See my post of Feb. 22, 2013, “Obama regime prohibits disabled veterans from owning firearms and ammunition.”)

A caller to George Hemminger on SurviveAndThrive TV claims to have had his firearms forcibly removed by the local police in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

The police there seem to be working with the V.A. hospital to do “wellness checks” on disabled veterans.

The caller says his name is Dave Schmecker, a 50-year-old disabled veteran who had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. Six months ago (September 2012?), Dave requested a followup appointment for his spinal injury. Dave has no psychiatric problems or even a history of one, nor does he have a criminal record.

The hospital called back and informed Dave that they’ve scheduled him for a three-hour appointment with a physical therapist, a pain-management specialist, a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Dave declined the appointment, stating he refuses to see a psychiatrist and psychologist for a spine injury.

On February 5, 2013, the Naugatuck police told Dave that his primary care physician had asked them to perform a “wellness check” on him. Not wanting the stigma of a police visit to his house, Dave first went down to the Naugatuck police station (211 Spring St, Naugatuck, CT 06770; tel: 203-729-5222) where he waited in vain.

Next, Dave arranged to meet with the police on the street outside his home. Half an hour later, two police officers arrived and immediately commandeered Dave’s truck, went into his house without a search warrant, confiscated his weapons and ordered him to undertake a psychiatric evaluation. Knowing that if he resisted he would be in even more trouble, Dave submitted under duress.

Dave has had a firearms (pistol) permit for six years.

Here’s the audio of Dave recounting his experience:

UPDATE (March 30):

I just spoke to David Schmecker and can confirm he and his story are real. Mr. Schmecker is seeking legal counsel and representation. I have his e-address and phone number. If you can help him, please contact FOTM at fellowshipminds@gmail.com.

UPDATE (May 1, 2013):

David Schmecker has a website for donations to fund his legal defense. Click here or go to http://www.gofundme.com/2r38kc. He will be interviewed by Alex Jones tomorrow, May 2, 2013.

~Eowyn