Mark Witaschek enjoys hunting, but since he lives in Washington DC which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, he keeps his guns at his sister’s house in Virginia. On one of his hunting trips, his shotgun had a misfire, meaning the firing pin struck the primer on a shell, but the shell didn’t fire. He kept the misfired shotgun shell as a souvenir of his hunting trip.
In 2012, Witaschek’s ex-wife created a nightmare for him as she told police that he had threatened her with a gun. She had previously obtained a restraining order against him, so 30 armed police officers raided his DC home. His 16 year old son was taking a shower at the time of the raid so police used a battering ram to break down the door and then they hauled the teen out of the bathroom, still naked and dripping wet. They handcuffed Witaschek and his girlfriend and put them in one room and the kids in a separate room.
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