As a result of a pro-gun lawsuit filed by Cord Byrd in Palm Beach County residents there will no longer have to pay a court filing fee in certain circumstances when their guns and property are seized by law enforcement officers. In some counties law enforcement officials require a court order before guns seized or taken as evidence are returned, even when no criminal charges are filed. Many times the court filing fee exceeds the value of the gun. Knowing that some people will give up the gun rather than going to court to get it back, law enforcement agencies will use this tactic to “get guns off the streets” and boost their crime fighting statistics.
Fortunately the judge presiding over the case saw the unfairness in this tactic and the rule in Palm Beach County was changed.