30 Police Officers Raid D.C. Businessman’s Home Over “Unregistered Ammo”

Emily Miller with the Washington Times is the journalist who brought us the inside details about how Diane Feinstein got away with parading around with “assault weapons” that were illegal in D.C. In short, the D.C. Police assisted Feinstein in her effort to shock people with scary looking guns in one of her press conferences earlier this year to push gun control. The police also worked to cover up their involvement. But thanks to Miller’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the conspiracy was exposed.

It’s likely that something similar happened with Meet the Press’s David Gregory, when he decided to bring an illegal 30-round “high-capacity” gun magazine in his D.C.-based studio for show-and-tell. Nothing happened to him. He got away with it. In the minds of the D.C. police and Attorney General it was a non-issue. Miller noted that the Attorney General Irvin Nathan stated that prosecuting Gregory “would not promote public safety.”

Apparently, they think it would promote public safety to order 30 officers decked out in full tactical gear to the house of a D.C. businessman Mark Witaschek, raid his house, use a battering ram to break down the door to the bathroom where his 16-year-old son was taking a shower, pull him out of the bathroom naked, hold the businessman and his girlfriend in their room at gunpoint after having handcuffed them, all while they tear his house apart to the tune of $10,000 in damages, looking for guns. And no, according to Miller’s article, they didn’t find any.

But guess what they did find? Police documented their findings:

  • “One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition”
  • “One handgun holster”
  • “One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition”
  • “One box of Knight bullets for reloading”

Miller stated that the 12-gauge shotgun round was actually misfired years earlier on one of his hunting trips. He kept it as a souvenir. She also notes that the handgun holster is not illegal, even in D.C. And apparently, the Knight bullets are in fact not for reloading, but are used in “antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.”

So, they didn’t find any guns. But they’re still charging him with possession of unregistered ammunition and a brass casing. He faces two years in jail and a hefty fine.

Emily Miller points out that Witaschek’s troubles started when his estranged wife accused him of threatening her with a gun. A restraining order was granted in spite of a judge later finding the “charge to be without merit.”

But that didn’t stop the D.C. Police from not only searching his house twice, but also his sister’s house in Virginia. Since he is an avid hunter and gun-owner, he keeps his firearms at her house in Arlington.

He was offered a deal where he could plead guilty to one charge of possession of unregistered ammo, pay a $500 dollar fine, make a contribution to a victim’s fund and spend a year on probation, but he turned it down. He told Miller, “It’s the principle.”

They’ll let Feinstein perform her little gun circus act on TV, and they’ll let Gregory do his high-capacity magazine bit, but when it comes to ordinary citizens, they get the Nazi treatment.



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  • Howdy Doody Conservative


  • fliteking

    What are the libs afraid of? (Rhetorical)

    • FIRE1949

      Sounds like you are advocating the “kill a lib, save America” philosophy. Oh, that’s why our founding fathers put something in the “Bill of Rights” after the First Amendment.

      Beware, the NSA & IRS may be listening to you, I suggest we try to “educate” the low info, stupid voters first.

    • MalibuBob

      All the Dem’s have to do is “push” the dead carcass of teapublicians into a ditch after their brilliant strategy of a circular firing squad killed them!

  • kalli

    I bet the estranged wife really wasn’t threatened with a gun. Hire a good attorney who knows citizens rights to stop this onslaught of injustice. DC residents need to realize they will be the next victims of these nazi tactics and should be screaming at their local gov’t to stop this anti-American crap.

    • govtrumbull

      The problem with D.C. is finding a rational Judge, and a jury that can read and write. I would be worried about liberals being given the job of making a judgement if I were Mark. Liberal Judges and packed liberal juries are lethal to conservatives.

      • kalli

        You make a valid point, especially regarding this incident being handled in the District of Corruption. It will be an uphill battle for him.

  • Steve

    planted evidence

  • frank907

    “Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.[1] Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787[2]

  • TPM

    You have to “register” your ammo, if you live in DC?
    I wonder how many gun owning politicians have all of their ammo registered?

    • Daniel from TN

      How in the world do you register ammunition? There is no serial number on individual bullets that can be traced. Federal law already states that ammo sales have to be reported. In many locales you have to complete more paper work to buy a box of ammo than the weapon itself. What more do these police officers want?

  • Oldsailor65

    I have never heard of “Registering Ammo”, sounds like a law they made up. They need to check the history of that law.

    • Shears_of_Atropos

      There was a press release a few weeks back…. seems that the DC gun control laws also cover ammunition, as if the cartridges were weapons on their own. Not only that, but it is a crime to possess the empty brass cartridge cases also, as if they were deadly weapons. More Bad Law.

      • Thomas Klein

        thats a law passed to stop law abiding gun owners who could not find or buy ammo from reloading their own ammo. Never mind the reason they could not find ammo was because the DHS was buying it all up to supply the very same people who just kicked this guys door in.

    • HCUA

      An American went to Mexico some time back, and had a bullet in his car, the thing being under the seat or somewhere. For whatever reason, the Mexicans searched his car, found the bullet, and he was in jail for months. Even the American Consulate could not get him out.
      Are we becoming Mexico? Don’t answer that. Just go to the border and watch them pour across.

  • Erin Jenkinson

    Hire a good attorney who knows citizen’s rights…..but that’s all part of the problem. That costs money and time, which maybe the little guy hasn’t got while the jackboots have all the resources they need. Even if you win, you lose, and they know this. You’ll stress out and go broke fighting something like this for 3+ years and in the end no one is held accountable. You can see examples of this kind of selective law enforcement thousands of times across this country every day. Is it any coincidence we have such a mess in our government when 90% or more of the Senate, House, the Resident and his cabinet have law degrees?

    • cHUCK

      A good civil rights attorney who isn’t afraid to take on the government – in this case, the local government – is difficult but not impossible to find. A way to amplify the “firepower” of such an attorney is to find and recruit several – even many – citizens with similar complaints. In D.C. that shouldn’t be difficult.

      Giving in to bureaucratic thuggery is NOT the way to stop it, even if it takes “3+ years” to pursue the fight. Stressing out over such a fight in one’s own community can’t possibly be compared to the stress endured by our military personnel deployed to combat duty – and many of these go back for several consecutive tours because they believe in the fight in which they’re involved.

      Legislators with law degrees aren’t the problem – it’s the liberal leftists who make a career mission out of dismantling our Constitution and dominating the citizens they’re elected to represent. It’s OUR fault, collectively, that such people keep getting elected to office.

      An estimated 47% to 50% of U.S. citizens get some sort of government support, and it’s those who need to be re-educated to the need for self-reliance and independence from oppressive government control. They’ve sold out their Constitutional birthright for a “bribe” from a government that keeps them in servitude. They’ve been “dumbed down” by an education system dominated by liberal activists. They’re divided ethnically and economically by skilled government operatives. They’re intimidated by government threats and by government actions like the one reported in above.

      Hopefully, the family being intimidated by the D.C. authorities will seek and find competent legal representation, and will choose to protect and defend their Constitution against the DOMESTIC enemies that would intimidate and dominate them. Hopefully, these victims will find other victims of similar oppression who will be willing to stand with them in a long-term fight against the local D.C. authorities and, if necessary, the federal authorities.

      The bottom line, long-term solution to this particular situation is for D.C. residents to unelect local lawmakers who make laws so oppressive that they can be abused in this manner, and judges who enforce such laws “to the hilt.” If D.C. residents WANT incidents like this to take place, they’re getting what they deserve. If not, they must stand up and fight.

      Anyone who doesn’t want to live under this sort of oppression has a choice. They can leave the place where such things take place – OR take action to correct the problem in the ballot box on election day. The state of Colorado just proved it has the cajones to stand up and fight. The people of our nation’s capital need to do likewise.

      • Erin Jenkinson

        Chuck, you make some good points, but you lost me in the 2nd paragraph where you compare that fight to front line duty. I’m 60 years old, not 20, and I’ve ALREADY done front line duty. Spending what’s left of my savings on lawyers to fight some trumped up charge doesn’t really appeal to me. I’d rather just fight and go down fighting. Perhaps I was not as clear as I should have been in my earlier post.

  • Tom Hritz

    This has to stop. It is time for the citizens of AmeriKa to turn this back into America. We did not send our grandparents, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters to fight for our freedoms against foreign tyranny to only have it taken away by domestic tyranny. This has to stop NOW. Wake up, AmeriKa, it is time to get off our duffs and take back our country. Politicians break laws they make, they break rules they make us follow and they mandate our getting insurance they do not have to partake in. What is happening to us? Wake up!

  • MoBetter2

    May those who love us, love us. And those who do not love us, may God turn their hearts, and if He cannot turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles, so we’ll know them by their limping. (The limping can be helped to come to pass by knee-capping some of these brown shirt thugs terrorizing people in their own homes on a whim, just because they can. The saying above is from the Irish, some of whom became very proficient in knee-capping bullies and thugs….)

  • Bar0Ranch

    I wonder what part of law enforcement the ex-wife’s boyfriend is in?

    • eddie

      Grow up assholes. You get what you deserve.You want safety, you got it.

  • Shears_of_Atropos

    If the DC government cannot decently run a city, why should we even consider letting them govern Washington DC – the State?

  • jhforsythe

    STUPIDITY IN ACTION! The Gestopo should know to be suspicious of a vindictive ex spouse’s wild claims.

    • Daniel from TN

      Being suspicious of the ex-wife’s claim would not support gun control.

    • Harry_Buskin

      Except when it serves their other purposes. NO?

  • rcbobj

    It is about time to start kicking some Demo a**.

  • rcbobj

    Vote them out.

    • Daniel from TN

      We can’t vote them out until we get rid of the rigged voting machines and/or return to ALL paper balloting.

  • CountryBoy

    I’d sue the city for about $500,000,000…. $10,000 to cover the damages and the rest for Mental Anguish…

    • ARMYOF69

      It’s truly tim to start suing the cops themselves, take their homes, trucks, bank accounts, their pensions, their daughters, and their dogs.,

      • FIRE1949

        …their daughters are probably ugly….

  • flatland

    He’s screwed. No way he wins this. Deck is too stacked. I would be interested to know if those charges and pleas would keep him from qualifying for a firearm purchase now.

  • govman

    I’s all done to instill fear in the rest of the US citizens.
    It’s the way it starts whether you’re in some East European country years ago, Germany in the 30’s or some banana republic down south.
    It’s the way we were treated 240 years ago.

    • JJM123

      Fear in some, resolve in others.

      • govman

        Resolve would be nice if one had others.
        Those others need the resolve too and not the others who remember the martyr.

  • Canadianson


  • Charles Nickerson

    Where was there search warrant also a spent cartridge is not ammunition What jurisdiction do they have in Virginia? Pleade Not Guilty Sue their ass.

  • ARMYOF69

    Welcore to Obama’s thugs, er Obama’s Army.

  • Hotnike

    The gustapo is here!

    • JJM123

      30 to act on 1 warrant?? Now know how to get a flock of them all in 1 location if/when counterattack required.

      • cpovet


  • ARMYOF69

    It is high time to start suing the cops themselves, take their homes, trucks, bank accounts, their pensions, their daughters, and their dogs.,

    • Daniel from TN

      That’s not a bad idea. By law, police are usually free from liability when “faithfully” performing their duties. If you can prove their actions do not fall in the category of faithful performance, then individual police officers should be held accountable in civil court.

  • Robert12Disqus

    the nazi’s didn’t last long and neither will the feinstein treatment.

  • jsmithcsa

    Ridiculous. When they come for your guns, always give them the bullets first — at about 3000 fps.

  • vet

    This would be a good time to call the NRA and get help from their hundreds of lawyers.Tell me when shummer shot the home invader in NY did he have this much problem?No nothing ever happened.They must be really busy in NY to go after someone that might have a gun.What about the gang bangers that do have guns?Are they just afraid of them?They might shoot back.These clowns are not cops,they are want to be soldiers that couldn’t make the grade.Wimps all of them.Try that in Arizona and see what happens.

  • michael

    One reason why I would NOT live there.

    No place like Texas, Baby.

  • MontieR

    I am sick of hearing hire a lawyer. The bill of rights and our constitution are NOT negotiable. These asshats are nothing but tyrants. Nothing they say or do has a damned thing to do with liberty OR justice. It IS past time we take our country back from these mentally deficient btards.

    • f8tule

      We are too divided to anything about it.. The racist Kenyan made certain of that.

  • Jo Johnson

    Every one of those cowardly “thugs” posing as “officers” would see me every where they went…….sooner or later, being the cowards all police are, they would try to start something…………….and I would finish it……if I were him !

  • fwiw

    Empty brass is a crime?

  • Fred Farkle

    I have an excessive amount of pistol brass so I don’t reload more than twice. Think I’ll start pitching a few hundred here and there as I pass through DC next time. Should be fun watching the evening news as they search for the shooting victims.

    • Bonney Bacon

      Please do it–just don’t get caught! I need a good laugh after having my medical go up to $1800/mo for 3 people.

  • TexRancher

    Ammo of any kind is ILLEGAL in D.C? I’ve never heard that. But then with the socialists in control of the government both State and local, they can make up the rules as they go along. BUT, as Obama says; “This is a nation of laws” so why aren’t they enforced equally across the board? No excuses from Obama and his cohorts, the law is the law as any judge will tell in traffic court! Selective enforcement IS against the law!

  • USARetired

    It is time for some law enforcement personnel to do some jail time!

  • joshuasweet

    was this the same judge that issued a warrant for “Paul Flanagan, was found guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County.” but waited until August
    2013 to request a warrant.
    “The warrant called for police to search the residence they share and
    seize all weapons and ammunition because he is prohibited under the law
    from possessing firearms.”

  • jhforsythe

    These Gastapo cops need to be sued big time.

  • bull57

    If people would leave then the police would only have true criminals to deal with, Congress!!!!!

  • BarrackHussein

    Commie gubmint unions… defund them.

  • PL Miller

    Turn around is always fair play. Time to accuse the wife of the same thing. Let her house get unended. And when did you have to start registering ammo? (I might be looking into a sexual assault on a minor charge for what they did to his son too)