eraseallhope wrote:PM sent.Well the sheriff department wanted to send an officer over to our house to "see/confirm?" We had found it and do more paper work?
Does anyone understand why they would want to do this?
I was kind of uncomfortable with them coming in the house and inspecting the weapon but that's what they wanted to do, and they met the other person who had missplaced the firearm in the first place when we filed the firstn report...
And when the officer arrives... He's smoking a marijuana cigarette right in the front room!?
You didn't have to let the sheriff in to your house. You could have told them, "Thanks, but no thanks" on the phone and been done with it. You never have to let any officer into your house unless he/she has a warrant.
But lets say you wanted to help them fill out the paperwork. You still don't have to let them inside to do so. You could have brought the firearm outside, or to his car, or to the front door. I'm obviously unfamiliar with your friend and the local sheriffs department's understanding of his situation. Maybe they knew already and are totally fine with it, and if so, that's great. But if not, you did your friend a disservice by allowing the sheriff to enter your household and see him using drugs. The sheriff could have immediately called his supervisor to arrange for a search warrant to be conducted at the address based on what the officer saw. Sure, your friend won't be in trouble because of prior court rulings, but the amount of hassle involved would be entirely not worth it. Your friend could also be prevented from obtaining his marijuana for a brief period of time if the sheriffs confiscate his prescription/medical marijuana card.
If you know there are pseudo-illegal things going on in your house, don't let the police inside. Don't even open the door if there is marijuana smoke inside. Meet the officer outside if you want to. Or, better yet, just tell them you found the gun and that you appreciate their time but you will not be allowing them to verify that fact for themselves. If they show up, don't answer the door.
On a related note, I fail to see the difference between alcohol and marijuana. Both are mind-altering drugs, both impair judgment, both are enjoyable. How anybody can be against the recreational use of marijuana but for the recreational use of alcohol is beyond me.