Police are now snooping through the homes of grieving widows in Buffalo, N.Y. in search of any weapons their recently deceased husbands may have left behind.

“We recently started a program where we’re cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we’re sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda said, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ. “Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street.”

I imagine the conversation begins something like, “We’re terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your husband of 50 years, Mrs. Smith. Now hand over his guns or we’ll take them by force.”

According to WGRZ Channel 2 News:

They [the police] feel that, in some cases, families are holding on to weapons even after the person who bought them originally has died.

So now they’re actually looking for those situations.

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Some police agencies give families of the deceased permit holder 15 days to sell or transfer a weapon or weapons held with the permit to another permit holder or a dealer.

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