The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a guy's conviction for a drug offense, holding that since the cops initially came knocking on his door asking about him possibly possessing an "assault weapon" and it was only after he DENIED them permission to "search" but did allow them to step into his home to talk about it that the cops then saw drug-related paraphanalia in plain view. The question lingering in my mind is WHAT OFFENSE or CRIME were the cops investigating when they got the "tip" that this fellow had an "assault weapon" in his own home? The Court of Appeals' opinion does not mention anything about why it would be suspicious, or illegal, for this guy to have a semi-auto assault weapon. There is not a word about any suspicion of drug activity until the point when the cops are standing in the guy's living room and spot the propane torch, the bottles, the glass plate with burt residue on it, etc. There is nothing in the Opinion that indicates that the guy was a convicted felon, insane, subject to a domestic violence protective order, etc. The case is Saadatdar v. State, A05A1650, decided Jan. 24, 2006, with Bruce Harvey for the defense and the Gwinnett County DA's office (Danny Porter and W.C. Ross) prosecuting. P.S. Legally, the cops don't need any probable cause or even reasonable suspicion to "search" your home if you CONSENT to it, or CONSENT to them coming into your home "just to talk" and then they see obvious contraband in plain view, and that's what both the trial court and appellate court say happened in this case. But still, it begs the question about why the cops thought that a report of a citizen having a gun in his own home needed any investigation at all.