The perils of Facebook hit home for a New Jersey man, who posted a picture of his son holding a legally owned firearm on the social network. Someone saw this and called child protective services, which ended up snowballing into a full-blown raid on the family's home, according to The Daily Caller on Yahoo News Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Shawn Moore is a firearms instructor and because it was his son's 11th birthday, he posted a picture of the lad holding his new hunting rifle, the 11-year-old has a legal hunting license. The child was holding it appropriately and wasn't pointing it at anything. There wasn't anything malicious or inappropriate about the picture at all, but just one phone call led to “an incrediable, heavy-handy raid on his house,” Moore's attorney, Evan Nappen told Fox News today.
Nappen said when law enforcement showed up, they wanted to see his guns, gun safe and they wanted to search the home. The Department of Children and Families has a child abuse hotline and the department is required to follow-up on every call, Kristen Brown, a spokesperson for the department reported to Fox News.
This raid sounded like it was much more than a follow-up. Moore, called his attorney right on the spot and handed the phone to the officers ready to search his home. The attorney demanded they hand Moore a warrant and when they didn't have one, the attorney told them to leave the premises.
Moore was told by the law enforcement personal at his door that he was acting “suspicious” and that he was being “unreasonable.” Nappen said the police eventually left Moore's home and they haven't returned yet, despite threatening to come back with a warrant. When Moore was told they were going to come back with a warrant in hand, he told them to “go ahead.”
The Moore family is contemplating taking legal action over this incident.