Arizona Navy Vet Gets Guns Back

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A retired Navy veteran in Arizona whose gun collection had been seized by Glendale police now has his firearms back, Law Shield has learned.

Backstory: Rick Bailey had complained to the City of Glendale about a neighbor’s habit of parking dump trucks used in his landscaping company.

The dispute unfolded over several months until Bailey called police over concerns of toxic chemical odors apparently coming from the neighbor’s property. The neighbor alleged in court that Bailey had threatened him, and the following day, he obtained a harassment order against Bailey.

In Arizona, an injunction against harassment (IAH) is a civil order that can be issued against someone who is harassing or abusing an individual who’s not related to them. Such orders can be an ex parte injunction against harassment without giving prior notice to the defendant and without a hearing, if certain requirements are met.

Because of the harassment order, Glendale police confiscated Bailey’s 28 firearms valued at more than $25,000. Bailey had collected them for longer than a decade.

To help him get his firearms back, the Second Amendment Foundation provided funding for a court challenge to the order, and Chandler, Ariz., attorney Mark J. Victor represented Bailey.

Bailey was generous in his praise of SAF’s intervention, noting, “I want to thank Alan Gottlieb and the Second Amendment Foundation for all the help in getting my firearms returned.”