After confirming Hall’s identity, the deputies announced they had a
deposition and were there to take his guns. The news left Hall
dumbfounded, but he obeyed the orders of the officers and retrieved his
... Hall, who had no history of mental illness, handed over four long guns,
but when he questioned why, specifically, they were taking his firearms,
they couldn’t provide him with an answer. In fact, according to Hall,
the officers, who apologized throughout the process, admitted that they
had never confiscated anyone’s guns before and had no clue why they were there other than the “mentally defective” stamp on the deposition.
As it turned out, the hospital where Hall had undergone a sleep apnea
test four years ago had a patient who shared the same name as Hall and
also had a similar social security number. That patient was previously
treated for a mental health issue, and Hall and Panzone believe that’s
where the mix-up occurred.
Well, isn't that just freaking wonderful? And the crowning- and expected- crap:
However, some six months later, although Hall now has his guns, no
one in the medical community has taken responsibility for the mistake,
nor has Hall received an apology from anyone, save the deputies as they
confiscated his guns by order of the deposition. In fact, Caitlin
McCann, a spokeswoman for the Mohawk Valley Health System, said they
have no knowledge of any such misidentification.
Despite having all this in front of them. "We know NOTHING."
“I’m surprised it sailed through the way it did with a man who has a
spotless record,” Panzone said. “To me, presumption of innocence is the
foundation of our system, and this provision doesn’t allow for that.”
Make you a bet: quite possible that some of the asshats involved in this think "Who cares if it's the right guy or a real reason, I don't like guns." So screwing someone who's innocent of wrongdoing doesn't bother them so long as 'icky guns taken away.'