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Vikings Make 'Mistake' With Handgun
WCCO-TV ^ | Jun 10, 2005 | WCCO

Posted on 06/10/2005 1:13:33 PM PDT by jdege

Vikings Make 'Mistake' With Handgun

Jun 10, 2005 7:37 am US/Central

(WCCO) Two stars of the Minnesota Vikings made an embarrassing, but possibly dangerous mistake Thursday, involving a handgun.

Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and running back Michael Bennett said they had planned to do some target practicing. They had rented a car, but when they returned the car, they forgot to take the handgun out of the car.

The two were caught having to explain the situation to the rental company and police.

Culpepper actually rented and retuned the car, but he had to call Bennett to come have him pick up the gun at the airport.

The gun was registered to Bennett, who said he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Bennett picked up the weapon, and no charged were filed. Police said he did not break any laws.

Bennett said he wants everyone to know he was not arrested, and he feels embarrassed about the situation.

Culpepper and Bennett were in town to attend a Vikings developmental camp.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: badbadbadgun; banglist; brainconditioning; guns; idiots; mediabias; minnesotavikings; nfl
The gun was registered to Bennett

It was not registered to Bennett. There is no firearm registry in Minnesota.

In fact, only five states register handguns.

1 posted on 06/10/2005 1:13:34 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege

Who would rent a car to go to target practice?


2 posted on 06/10/2005 1:15:54 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Maybe it was drive by target practice? /sarcasm


3 posted on 06/10/2005 1:16:45 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: jdege
You don't call the police. You call the previous renter that he may have left a personnel item.
4 posted on 06/10/2005 1:17:07 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: jdege

Is Wisconsin one of those states? I believe that's where he come's from.


5 posted on 06/10/2005 1:18:35 PM PDT by scars
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To: jdege
It was not registered to Bennett. There is no firearm registry in Minnesota. In fact, only five states register handguns.

MN doesn't require the person to ID his carry weapon when it issues the CCW permit, right?

6 posted on 06/10/2005 1:19:23 PM PDT by newgeezer (strict constructionist)
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To: demlosers
You don't call the police. You call the previous renter that he may have left a personnel item.

For a handgun, I'd let the police notify the owner.

7 posted on 06/10/2005 1:20:20 PM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: anonymous_user
You have the wrong 'tude about guns.
8 posted on 06/10/2005 1:22:56 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: demlosers
You don't call the police. You call the previous renter that he may have left a personnel item.

If one enjoys living in this feminized, nanny-state society of ours, one calls the nice policeman to get this big, nasty bad thing out of my sight before I scream. ;O\

9 posted on 06/10/2005 1:24:02 PM PDT by newgeezer (strict constructionist)
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To: jdege

I didn't know the Vikings had handguns. I always picture them more with swords.


10 posted on 06/10/2005 1:26:34 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: jdege

Oh, man, that's gotta suck! LOL! Irresponsible, but damned funny!


11 posted on 06/10/2005 1:27:30 PM PDT by shellshocked (They're undocumented Border Patrol agents, not vigilantes.)
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To: jdege

The continuing saga of the Viqueens.


12 posted on 06/10/2005 1:27:55 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: jdege
Vikings Make 'Mistake' With Handgun

I agree. If the Vikings had adopted the handgun sooner in place of battle axes and swords they could have ruled Europe.

oh wait...sorry...note to self, read article first.

13 posted on 06/10/2005 1:28:49 PM PDT by Gator101
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To: jdege
What is with those Vikings? If they're not packing Whizzinators, they're packing heat.
14 posted on 06/10/2005 1:32:05 PM PDT by PMCarey
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To: scars
Is Wisconsin one of those states? I believe that's where he come's from

Wisconcin doesn't have CCW. Besides, even if it did, this happened in MN, no?

15 posted on 06/10/2005 1:32:51 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: anonymous_user
Normally I would say that is the lame way out but you never know if the gun had been used in a crime. You know how those evil guns are, it could have rented the car under some other piece of equipment's name, they're sneaky that way.

Of course they could have looked at the previous renter and figure discretion is the better part of valor when dealing with 'celebrities' and let them answer the questions first. If they don't know nuttin, then call the cops.

16 posted on 06/10/2005 1:33:55 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
"Culpepper actually rented and retuned the car, but he had to call Bennett to come have him pick up the gun at the airport. "
 
Look: Guns, airport, rental cars, assume tall swarthy men (football players), airport rental clerks.
 
If anything had happened, all you FR naysayers would be commenting on how stupid the rental company employees were NOT calling the police.
 
It is a non issue!!!!  They did exactly what they should have done.

17 posted on 06/10/2005 1:36:02 PM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: Lx

A couple of Viking players were regulars at the Burnsville pistol range on HW 42 when we lived there.


18 posted on 06/10/2005 1:36:21 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: jdege
possibly dangerous

To say that it is "possibly dangerous" after the fact just cracks me up.
19 posted on 06/10/2005 1:38:44 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: scars
Nope. Wisconsin doesn't have a handgun registry, either. According to the NRA, only California, Hawaii, Michigan, and New York register handguns.
20 posted on 06/10/2005 1:41:39 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Gator101

21 posted on 06/10/2005 1:43:07 PM PDT by Fido969 (I see Red People!)
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To: jdege


22 posted on 06/10/2005 1:43:36 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: newgeezer
MN doesn't require the person to ID his carry weapon when it issues the CCW permit, right?

Right. MN doesn't restrict a carry permit to specific listed weapons. The application does not require you to identify which weapons you might carry.

23 posted on 06/10/2005 1:43:45 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
A handgun? Surely with rifle armed Culpepper, they'd have been in a shotgun formation!
24 posted on 06/10/2005 1:44:47 PM PDT by JAWs
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To: scars

Wisconsin has a "backdoor" handgun registration. Handguns are treated somewhat differently than rifles and shotguns and there is paperwork kept by the state when you purchase a handgun from an FFL. The state could track down the most recent purchaser of a handgun if it was purchased from an FFL dealer.

There is no handgun permit -- either a purchase permit or a CCW permit in Wisconsin.


25 posted on 06/10/2005 1:44:51 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: JAWs

The guy can throw a bullet, that's for sure, I don't see why he'd need the gun!


26 posted on 06/10/2005 1:49:58 PM PDT by Fido969 (I see Red People!)
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To: MediaMole

Wisconsin's retention of background check records may be troubling, but most of us would consider registration to be a law that made it illegal to possess a firearm unless you were recorded in the registry as the owner of that firearm.

And Wisconsin's law does not do that.

Consider Hawaii - every person arriving in Hawaii must register each and every firearm in his possession with the State within three days of arrival, and being caught with an unregistered firearm in your possession is a crime.


27 posted on 06/10/2005 2:01:08 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege

Probably meant Bennett OWNED the gun. The reporter will probably be SHOCKED and OUTRAGED to find out that handguns don't need to be registered.


28 posted on 06/10/2005 2:02:02 PM PDT by DManA
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To: jdege

According to the NRA, only California, Hawaii, Michigan, and New York register handguns.



The City of Las Vegas does, too.


29 posted on 06/10/2005 2:11:54 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Asphalt

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30 posted on 06/10/2005 2:42:44 PM PDT by akorahil (consider this space filled with yet another witty and irreverent tag line instead of this...)
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To: Beelzebubba
What about New Jersey.

To all: The moral of the story is to make sure you don't leave a firearm lying around. I always have a dread of leabing one at the outdoor range and driving away.

31 posted on 06/10/2005 2:45:56 PM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; andyland; Argh; Asphalt; b4its2late; BigBadWolf; ...

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32 posted on 06/10/2005 2:50:33 PM PDT by Asphalt (Join the NFL ping list ... All thing football ... FReepmail Asphalt to get on or off)
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To: akorahil

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33 posted on 06/10/2005 2:50:49 PM PDT by Asphalt (Join the NFL ping list ... All thing football ... FReepmail Asphalt to get on or off)
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To: GunsareOK

According to the NRA's website, New Jersey only registers "Assault weapons".


34 posted on 06/10/2005 2:55:31 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege

35 posted on 06/10/2005 2:58:14 PM PDT by brbethke
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To: Beelzebubba
Actually in Michigan, it's called a "safety inspection", not registration......

Although we all know what it really is. Even the cops call it registration.

36 posted on 06/10/2005 3:10:37 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (June 14 - Defeat DeWine - Vote Tom Brinkman for Congress (OH-2) - http://www.gobrinkman.com)
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To: demlosers
You have the wrong 'tude about guns.

So I should take the gun from the rental car, wander around with it, call the previous owner (how?) and if stopped say, "I found this gun and I'm trying to return it. Sorry I got my fingerprints all over it. Gosh, I hope it wasn't used in a crime or anything."

37 posted on 06/10/2005 3:25:46 PM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: jdege

I'd say it's certain that the reporter is mistaking having a CCW (or having an FOID) with owning a registered weapon. I've seen reporters here in Illinois make that same mistake with FOID.


38 posted on 06/10/2005 5:30:38 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: DManA
Probably meant Bennett OWNED the gun. The reporter will probably be SHOCKED and OUTRAGED to find out that handguns don't need to be registered.

See my post 38, but I'll say your explanation is more likely.

39 posted on 06/10/2005 5:33:23 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: anonymous_user; demlosers
So I should take the gun from the rental car, wander around with it, call the previous owner (how?) and if stopped say, "I found this gun and I'm trying to return it. Sorry I got my fingerprints all over it. Gosh, I hope it wasn't used in a crime or anything."

As much as I hate to say it, you're right. Also, a lot of people would call the police if they found a personal object worth $500 laying around, because it's a way to get it back to the owner without it "disappearing" in the hands of some lost and found type. Any handgun worth having is an expensive item.

40 posted on 06/10/2005 5:37:54 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: Mr. Silverback
As much as I hate to say it, you're right.

Thank you! That's exactly my reasoning. I'm not an "Eeew! It's a gun!" weenie, but I simply can't think of another way to ensure that the gun gets safely returned to the proper owner.

41 posted on 06/10/2005 9:24:26 PM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: anonymous_user; Mr. Silverback
I'm not an "Eeew! It's a gun!" weenie,

You sure sounded like one. It is reasonable to say that the gun owner was the previous car renter of that vehicle. Furthermore, I'm sure the overwhelming majority of guns in America have not been used in crime. If you have suspicion that the firearm may have been used in a crime, yes go ahead and call the cops.

However, Mr. Silverback makes a valid point about using the cops as a way to ensure a valuable piece of property does get into the right hands.

Gotta post and run again...

42 posted on 06/11/2005 2:01:10 AM PDT by demlosers
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To: jdege

It depends on your definition of the word "register". Just like it depends on your definition of the word "is".


43 posted on 06/11/2005 2:14:42 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: demlosers
You sure sounded like one.

I suspect I did, but I swear, I'm a gun owner, very safety conscious and enjoy shooting.

Here's the problem(s):

Let's say I take the gun back to the car rental. The rental counter is probably located in the most "secure" place on the planet (an airport) and wouldn't get far. The gun would be back in police care, and I'd be in jail.

Let's say I actually get to the rental counter with the gun. Now, I get to turn it over to some doofus who may try to keep it, or may clown around with it and shoot a co-worker. As far as finding the previous owner, they aren't going to give me anyone's, let alone Michael Bennett's phone number or address so I can deliver a gun to him!

I'm still scratching my head for another way to do things without involving the police. Trust me, it's got nothing to do with gun owners other than making sure their gun is handled safely and gets back to the rightful owner.

Of course, if someone were a gun-weenie, freaked out and called the police, I guess the result would be the same, but that doesn't mean I'm a gun-weenie... I hope? :)

44 posted on 06/11/2005 9:08:27 AM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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