Bailey said he hopes his case can serve as a precedent to prevent other gun owners from having their weapons confiscated over wrongful allegations.
A disabled U.S. Navy veteran in Glendale, Arizona, is “devastated” after he says police confiscated 28 of his guns, valued at over $25,000, after a neighbor made “false” allegations that he threatened him.
Rick Bailey, a 56-year-old retired software systems engineer, told TheBlaze on Tuesday that he and his neighbor were engaged in a months-long dispute over his landscaping company. He said his neighbor would park two large, smelly “dump trucks” used for his business and other vehicles in the small cul-de-sac where they live.
Bailey said he eventually filed a complaint with the city and the neighbor was ordered to remove all dump trucks and other work-related equipment from the private residence. Though he initially complied with the city’s order, the veteran said his neighbor would sometimes bring the trucks back on some weekends, when the city was closed, “just to irritate us.”
After over two months of calm in January and February, the situation climaxed on March 16 after Bailey called police because he smelled what he thought were “toxic chemicals” coming from the neighbor’s property.
“I spend my days sitting out on my patio relaxing,” he told TheBlaze, explaining that he is severely disabled. “The smell got so bad, I had to come back to my patio and use my inhaler — so I called the police to see if anything could be done.”
When the police arrived, Bailey said he was told by police officers that the neighbor alleged he had threatened to “shoot” him, a claim he said was “bulls**t.” The very next day, March 17, the neighbor told authorities that Bailey had threatened him and filed for an “injunction against harassment.”