Firearms officer won't testify in gun seizure case: Judge 0
Madeson Chase says the federal government used a "dirty trick" against him in his court fight to be given his guns back by authorities. (JEREMY NUTTALL/ 24 HOURS)
A federal justice department lawyer was successful in quashing a subpoena to have a firearms officer testify in the hearing of a man trying to get his guns back from Vancouver police.
Madeson Chase — representing himself in the hearing — initially gave two hunting firearms to police upon their request.
Chase said police told him they would return the firearms after a “cooling-off” period, but they then applied to have them destroyed. He’s in court to convince a judge he is not a threat to the public so he can get the guns back.
The Vancouver man had subpoenaed firearms officer Douglas Kress, but the justice lawyer turned up in court Wednesday with an application to excuse the officer from testifying.
“This is a dirty, low-down trick to delay and keep me away from my firearms,” Chase told Judge Reginald Harris.
But Harris, who repeatedly told Chase he was only presiding to decide if it was in society’s best interest to return the weapons to him, ruled no evidence was produced that any testimony from Kress was relevant to Chase’s case.
Police were concerned about signs around Chase’s power meter indicating he had guns in the house to deter BC Hydro from installing a smart meter. Chase has likened the message to a “beware of dog” sign, insisting he would never shoot anyone.
He also had a cage around his meter and other deterrents.
Earlier in the day, Chase questioned Vancouver police officer Fred Ullrich, who accompanied BC Hydro employees to his property, and to whom he surrendered his guns.
“What have I done that could hurt people?” Chase asked Ullrich.
“You fortified your fence with upside-down screws that could hurt people,” replied the officer after a long pause. “Anyone who was at your fence.”
Chase began to question Ullrich on procedure and protocol for seizing firearms, and pointed out at the time he was told his guns would be returned after a few weeks.
Ullrich agreed he had said the guns would be returned, but later decided doing so without “proper oversight” of a court would be improper.