Skip to comments.ILLINOIS ANTI-GUN ACTIVIST ARRESTED, CCRKBA SAYS 'WELCOME TO THE PARTY'
Posted on 03/01/2005 6:44:50 PM PST by Dan from Michigan
Citizens Committee for the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
ILLINOIS ANTI-GUN ACTIVIST ARRESTED, CCRKBA SAYS 'WELCOME TO THE PARTY'
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2005
The arrest of a Springfield, IL anti-gun activist by police who allegedly found an illegal handgun and drugs in her home during a contested search prompted the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to bid Annette "Flirty" Stevens a "welcome to the party."
Stevens became an activist with the Million Mom March after her son was gunned down in 2002. She has acknowledged having the gun from which the serial number had been removed in her home. The handgun belonged to her late son, Jericko Clark, she insisted, and she had simply wrapped it up and forgotten about it after finding it several months after his slaying. She claims the search was illegal.
"Annette Stevens may now understand why so many law-abiding people are fed up with the kind of gun laws that are promoted by the Million Mom March and other extremist gun control organizations," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "Ironically, the law against filing serial numbers off firearms is one that gun rights activists and organizations have long supported. Yet here she is, this poster mom' for gun control, acknowledging that she has kept an illegally-altered handgun in her home while she's been campaigning to deprive other citizens of their firearms.
"In the kind of Draconian anti-gun society Stevens and her cohorts are trying to create," Gottlieb continued, "it wouldn't matter if she were innocent as she claims. Under the laws her group supports, gun owners are essentially considered guilty until they prove themselves otherwise. That's everything from background checks to waiting periods, and certainly the Illinois requirement that gun owners have a Firearms Owners Identification Card. Stevens has no FOID card, so there's another gun law violation. There are thousands of local and state laws across the country that the Million Moms support, none of which have done anything to prevent a single crime. All they do is chip away at the gun rights of law-abiding citizens.
"If Stevens is so convinced guns don't belong in society," Gottlieb observed, "then why didn't she immediately turn that gun over to the police when she found it more than two years ago? Why did she keep it? What's wrong with this picture? Ms. Stevens is about to learn that supporting gun control is like keeping a vicious dog. They sometimes bite the hands that feed them."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.
Color me gloating, too.
You can't make this stuff up, folks. This is almost as good as the cops bagging Michael Moore's BG a few weeks ago.
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
How many posts until someone suggests the NRA use their resources to help this "poor lady"?
HOW SWEET IT IS! </shout>
More like, whether or not it gets 'Ballistically fingerprinted' for some old gang murder that maybe her baby was party to...
Was she released on bail? Why? She is armed, and suspected of multiple felonies.
I would donate to the cause, If I thought they were actually persueing this, and not just gloating.
For instance, they could file a writ of mandemus with the local court, to make sure the good lady is charged with every crime she comitted - all 23,000 of them.
The serial numbers had been removed from this gun. I believe that is a federal crime and I don't know any gun owner (and I carry one daily as do many of my friends) who would even have that in their possession. I have little doubt that ballistic testing will link it to a crime or two or three. I'm sorry, but I don't think anyone EXCEPT a criminal would keep a gun which had the numbers removed.
OFF to jail that
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
She sounds like a candidate for Project Exile to me.
Pertinent Quote for y'all:
"The handgun, which had a scratched-off serial number, and drugs allegedly were discovered Friday morning inside Stevens' home in the 2500 block of South 15th Street. Authorities said they obtained a search warrant for the residence as part of an ongoing investigation of a recent series of drive-by shootings. No one has been hurt in the gunplay.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the search.
Although police declined to get into specifics, Stevens has a "close connection" with one of two feuding groups involved in the shootings, Lt. Rickey Davis said Monday."
Not only does a firearms prohibitionist get nabbed for illegally possessing a firearm, but this is some sort of gangbuster special with the serial number scrubbed off, it is part of an investigation into a series of drive-bys, and the house apparently had drugs to boot!
Her story is that it belonged to her som (one of the 14 children a day killed by guns). She found it after he died, and didn't know what to do with it. "should I turn this over the police, or put in a drwaer and forget about it? Decisions. Secisions"