In 2006, police in Collin County, Texas forcibly invaded the home of John Quinn without knocking or announcing who they were or why they were there. They had obtained a warrant for Quinn’s son on drug related crimes. County police believed that John Quinn owned guns, one of which may have been an AK-47 and that those guns were in the house at the time of the raid. Fearing a possible dangerous confrontation with firearms, they chose to ignore the Fourth Amendment rights of search and seizure and executed a no-knock raid on the home.

When police suddenly and unannounced burst through Quinn’s door, he thought he was being attacked by intruders and instinctively reached for his firearm, which he legally owned. The police then reacted and shot and wounded Quinn. When the search had been conducted, police found less than one gram of cocaine, but charged Quinn with possession.

Quinn filed a lawsuit against the police claiming that the no-knock raid was an illegal search and seizure, a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. If the police had knocked and announced themselves, chances are Quinn would not have been shot. The Rutherford Institute took up Quinn’s case claiming that his exercise of his Second Amendment rights should not be an excuse to violate his Fourth Amendment rights.

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