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.