Parents sue police in an effort to retrieve late son’s seized handgun
By Chris Eger
The handgun was taken “for safe keeping” by Bristol Police last January and they still have it (Photo: BPD)
The parents of a Rhode Island man who committed suicide want the agency that impounded his handgun without a warrant to give it back.
Les Breault and Debra Leffingwell, the parents of Daniel Cory Breault, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Bristol Police Department and city officials claiming the city violated their due process and Second Amendment rights by refusing to turn over their late son’s handgun.
As noted in court documents, Daniel used his Springfield 1911 last January to take his own life. Responding police impounded the gun as well as a dozen others “for safe keeping.” Three months later, a probate court established his parents as the administrators of his estate and, while they were able to get authorities to turn over the guns not used in the suicide, Bristol Police refused to release the 1911.
Turning to the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island for help, the group contacted Bristol Police Chief Josue D. Canario in an effort to secure the gun for the parents only to be rebuffed by the town’s attorney. Citing potential liability issues, the