Give Me My Stuff Back: Vietnam Vet Sues RI Police Chief for Return of Confiscated Guns

A Vietnam veteran is suing the police chief of Cranston, Rhode Island, in order to have his firearms and ceremonial samurai swords returned, WPRI reports.

A buddy of veteran Robert Machado phoned police when he feared that Machado was suicidal. The police promptly confiscated Machado’s weapons. Machado claims that it was all a big mistake and that his friend misunderstood him. Machado underwent a mental health evaluation at a local hospital, anyway, and he was released with a clean bill of health.

A note from his therapist should be enough to get his guns back, right? Nope. The police refused to return Machado’s property.


Unwilling to just roll over, Machado teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in US District court in Providence on behalf of Machado in order to get his property restored.

We’re not lawyers or anything, but this seems like a by-the-books case. It’s his legal property and the doctors say that everything checks out, so what’s the problem?

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