In a time when law enforcement agencies across the nation are coming under increasing scrutiny for their actions, you won’t find many actions more shameful than this stunt by police in Buffalo, N.Y.:

Buffalo Police say they’re determined to get more guns off the streets and now they’re checking to see whether pistol permit holders have passed away and what happened to their gun or guns.

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“We recently started a program where we’re cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we’re sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” said Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda.” Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street.”

Translation: Buffalo police are trying to bully unsuspecting citizens who may not be aware of their rights under state law and the U.S. Constitution into surrendering legally- and properly-owned possessions of a recently departed family member.

Not surprisingly, Second Amendment advocates are all over this, starting with Bob Owens at BearingArms.com:

While a family is still reeling from the loss of a beloved mother, father, brother, son, or sister, uniformed officers from the Buffalo Police Department are going to show up at their doors and attempt to bully the family into surrendering their recently deceased relative’s firearms… all of them, if they can.

The handgun on the pistol permit is an excuse, but the officers will obviously try to convince the grieving family that they should surrender all of the other firearms belonging to the decedent as well.

The Buffalo PD try to get family’s to turn over what may very well be heirlooms, without allowing the family to pass them along to other family members who might appreciate them.

This is a despicable and heartless practice, and should be ended immediately.