The case that made headlines around the world began when 56-year-old Rick Bailey complained to the city of Glendale, Arizona, about where his neighbor parked the dump trucks he used in his landscaping business.
The dispute dragged on for several months until Bailey called police over his concerns that toxic chemical odors were coming from the neighbor’s property.
The neighbor thought Bailey had threatened him, and the following day, he obtained a harassment order against Bailey. Police showed up and took Bailey’s gun collection. He wants his property back.
Rights group signs on
The Navy veteran recently got a powerful new ally in his effort to get his guns returned when the Second Amendment Foundation decided to get involved.
The foundation is working with Chandler, Arizona, attorney Mark J. Victor to secure the return of Bailey’s firearms and help resolve the neighborhood dispute. Bailey’s collection of 28 firearms has an estimated value of more than $25,000 and took more than a decade for him to collect.
“Mr. Bailey is devastated by this situation,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb. “We seem to live in an environment when someone’s life can be turned upside down on an allegation that should have been thoroughly investigated before any action was ordered by a court. Sadly this kind of hideous gun confiscation flies below the radar, and it is happening more frequently to gun owners across the country.
“Bailey had to retire from his job due to a disability from a back injury that also resulted in his medical discharge from the Navy after four years of service,” he noted. “He couldn’t physically harm anybody.”
‘Reclaim his dignity’
“This situation appears to have gotten out of control,” Gottlieb said. “A generation ago, neighbors solved this kind of dispute over a cup of coffee or a Sunday barbecue. We’re helping Bailey in his appeal of the judge’s order so he can not only reclaim his valuable firearms, but also some of his dignity as well.”
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.
Founded in 1974, the foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.