“I’ve now worked for three months to get it back. Called the NRA, lawyers, sent letters, called and written the local district attorney. Nothing. Finally I found a lawyer who gave me a straight bit of info. There is a statute that says law enforcement can seize items from a pawnshop without a warrant, and if they think the item is stolen, you are out of luck.

“I found out where the rifle had been owned before it was sold to me, and gave this information to the sheriff’s department and they never even bothered to check. Lawyers in private practice aren’t interested in challenging the cops because the money involved isn’t enough to justify their time.

“The M-14, which I had owned for 15 years and had a lot of sentimental value to me, is gone. I can’t really believe this has happened, but it surely has.”