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The husband of a missing California mother of three is claiming that cops are infringing on his constitutional rights as they filed a gun violence restraining order against him.
Eric Thunberg, a public information officer for the Chula Vista Police Department told Oxygen.com on Thursday that the department both filed for the restraining order on Larry Millete and searched his home last week.
Police allege that Millete is in possession of "illegal assault weapons and unregistered firearms," posing an "extreme danger to the public in both the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego,” according to the request for the restraining order, obtained by San Diego’s KFMB-TV.
Millete’s wife Maya “May” Millete, 39, was last seen on Jan. 7 at her home in Chula Vista, the same day she scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer. By February, her husband had stopped cooperating with the local police department, officials previously confirmed to Oxygen.com.
In the request for the restraining order, police pointed to two photos dated Jan. 9, two days after Maya vanished.
"The photographs I received depicted a kitchen table with a cache of 16 firearms, 4 United States Passports, a government Identification card, several high capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition," the document states. "The cache of firearms included two short barreled AR-15 illegal assault weapon platforms, five (undetermined legality AR-15 platform rifles, three pump shotguns, one bolt action rifle with scope, and five semi-automatic handguns."
The couple’s 4-year-old son can allegedly be seen "standing on the table surrounded by the same cache of legal and illegal firearms and ammunition” in one of the photographs.
"The child had immediate access to the illegal assault weapons and the fourteen other firearms and ammunition creating a potential extreme danger to the child and those physically present at the home," San Diego Police Detective Justin Garlow wrote in the request.
Police claim that out of the 20 guns in his “cache,” only eight are registered to him under California's Automated Firearm System. It also claims he has since purchased more guns and that he has a total of 18 firearms that are unaccounted for. As police searched his home last week, Larry allegedly told them that he knew they "were coming for his firearms and he gave multiple firearms to his friends," according to the request.
"Respondent refused to disclose the names of the people possessing Respondent's firearms," they wrote.
Larry Millete claims he is being targeted, telling Fox News on Wednesday, "I have done absolutely nothing that would void my rights. Absolutely infringing on the 2nd Amendment."
The restraining order would temporarily halt Larry from purchasing more guns for one year. Thunberg told Oxygen.com that there is a hearing scheduled for next month regarding the order.
Maya disappeared as she was planning her daughter’s 11th birthday celebration. Maricris Drouaillet, Maya’s sister, told local outlet KSWB-TV in March that the party was the priority over divorce talks. Her other two children are 9 and 4.
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