Northern Idaho lawmen say they are prepared to face-down federal authorities in a dispute over a cache of weapons at the home of a Vietnam-era Navy veteran.
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office and the Priest River Police Department said they would support any effort to resist the seizure of the firearms, after Blanchard Republican Rep. Heather Scott organized a protest outside the veteran's home. Scott said any attempt to take the weapons from John Arnold, who the Coeur d'Alene Press reports was diagnosed as mentally incompetent following a September 2014 stroke, was "tyranny and unacceptable in my district."
KREM-TV reports that nearly 100 people arrived at Arnold's doorstep on Thursday to protest an effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to seize the guns. The VA had written a letter to Arnold, dated July 30, saying representatives would be coming to his home to take the weapons.The VA told Arnold that he was no longer allowed to purchase, sell or possess firearms. Arnold now says he made a mistake earlier this year when he filled out a form for the VA that indicated he was financially incompetent and could not handle his own affairs.
Following Thursday's protest, which received a fair amount of media attention, a representative of the Bonner County Veterans Services office said VA inspectors would not be coming to Arnold's home and that Arnold may appeal the paperwork.