Calgun Foundation Wins Big Against Illegal Gun Seizure in California

The Calguns Foundation (CGF), a California gun rights non profit, successfully defended an innocent gun owner and secured a $35,800 settlement from the California city of Calexico. It’s about time we hear something like this; usually bad news for gun rights supporters is the only thing that ever comes out of California.

It all started when Ian James Farias was pulled over by an officer with the Calexico Police for an alleged traffic violation. Farias consented to a search of his vehicle, whereupon the officer spotted an unloaded shotguns in plain view in the back of Farias’ truck. Officer Alcaraz seized the gun and arrested Farias, locking him up in jail for nine hours before he was finally able to make bail and contact the CGF. 

So, what did Farias do to deserve getting arrested? Nothing at all. He was acting fully within his rights and complied with California and local laws. Attorneys from the CGF and the law firm Davis and Associates ensured that a criminal case against Farias was rejected, and they were so successful that they also secured a Finding of Factual Innocence (FFI) for Farias.

The FFI stated that, “no person of ordinary care or prudence [would] believe or conscientiously entertain any honest and strong suspicion that the person was arrested [or acquitted] was guilty.” Faris wasn’t just innocent, he was so innocent that the court agreed that nobody in their right mind wouldn’t even think he was guilty.

Farias and his lawyers took the case to Federal court to “seek recovery of damages and mandate proper training.” They won the case, earning Faris a fat check for $35,800 and the City of Calexico was required to institute a new training program about citizens’ firearm rights. 

After the victory CGF chairman Gene Hoffman warned California that “the more California and local governments regulate firearms, the more they will have to train their law enforcement officers — or be held accountable in court.”

For updates, stay tuned to Guns.com. For more information on the Calguns Foundation, visit their website or make a tax-deductible donation. For all breaking gun news, keep browsing Gun.com’s news feeds.

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More

Loading