IMO you are right. but it is illegalised theft.
They know where they got those guns from and they should be returned.
A question for Forum members that are currently or formerly LEOs: Did your department require recurring training in what the law actually says? If so, did that training include any reference to the Constitution aside from the most commonly known sub-component of the 5th Amendment?
LEOs want to be respected. I get that. We all do. It's a two-way street, and neither side automatically has the right of way.