Clovis Man Gets His Guns Back from the Government Following Two Year Court Battle

A California firearms owner holder who last year had his extensive firearm collection seized has been in a fight with the California government to get them back for two years now can finally claim victory.

The Clovis area man, Albert Sheakalee, 59, was arrested and had 541 guns seized from his residence on the orders of the California Department of Justice in 2015 after he was deemed a prohibited firearms possessor. However, now, with no charges ever pursued and after a two-year legal battle with the state to get the guns returned, they have been handed over to a licensed dealer to give back to his family following a court order.

Sheakalee went through mental health treatment in 2014, which, unknown to him, landed him in the DOJ’s Armed Prohibited Persons System database. This, as touted in a press release at the time by then-state Attorney General Kamala Harris barred him from firearms ownership and triggered a 12-hour raid on his home by Bureau of Firearms Special Agents which ended in his arrest for possessing illegal firearms.

Sheakalee, who had a clean criminal record, owned a retirement home and was the retired budget director of Fresno Community Hospital. He had maintained a federal firearms license for over two decades for buying, selling, and collecting firearms which was still listed as being valid at the time of the raid. Seized by California authorities were 209 handguns, 88 shotguns, 234 rifles, 181 standard capacity magazines, 10 high capacity magazines, 100,521 rounds of various ammunition, and 10 firearms registered with the DOJ as “assault weapons” including a .50 caliber rifle.

But now this impressive collection is out of the hands of the California government and back with his family. What do you think about that? Have you ever had an issue with gun seizure? Let us know below.


  1. ben on May 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I think the man’s Constitutional Rights and the rule of Law were violated in this case. IF a person is seen as emotionally unstable and therefore should not be allowed to have firearms then the Justice Authority should be required to get a Court order to “retain” the weapons until a legitimate formal evaluation and condition can be established. In any case, these items are a part of the man’s estate. These items have a hard dollar value between $250,000 and $500,000. If he should not retain control of them for “medical/stability” issues they are still part of his assets to which his family has a legal right of possession. The DOJ does not have a right to deprive this man of the assets of his estate without due process and compensation. This action would be like the government taken someone’s property for a road or a park and not compensating the owner for it.

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