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Internet Controlled Shotguns Discovered In Georgia (Yes, you read that correctly)
CBS Atlanta / The Augusta Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2011

Posted on 01/17/2011 2:21:20 AM PST by Stoat

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia authorities are investigating the discovery of six loaded shotguns aimed at a food plot that were rigged to be fired through a network of Web-controlled cameras.

The Augusta Chronicle reported the guns were discovered last fall on Georgia Power Company right of way in rural south Georgia.

The set up was discovered by a utility contractor and it was reported to the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.

The newspaper reported that a bulletin circulated by the Office of Homeland Security said it appeared that the rig was only intended for illegal hunting in an area known to be infested with wild hogs.

The newspaper reported that by the time officers arrived to investigate the shotgun setup had been removed.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: augusta; bang; banglist; georgia; hunting; internet; napl; shotgun; shotguns; tech; technology; techping
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Only in Georgia Internet-controlled shotguns linked to web cams on food plot The Augusta Chronicle

 


Georgia Outdoor News
A utility contractor stumbled across this elaborate, Internet-controlled network of web cameras and shotguns aimed into a food plot on a Georgia Power Company right-of-way last fall, prompting an inquiry by the Office of Homeland Security and other agencies. The system has since been removed and no charges were filed against the landowner who created it.

 

The expensive Benelli shotguns appear to be chambered for 3-inch shells and fitted with magazine extension tubes that increase their capacity from five to as many as eight rounds. Such a system, if fully operational, could direct substantial - and deadly - firepower.

 

Web-controlled guns are illegal The Augusta Chronicle

 

 

Several business ventures explored the idea of cyber hunting in recent years, but the practice has been banned in at least 25 states, the bulletin said, adding that officers should be aware of the existence of such devices.

"While law enforcement has been aware of such capabilities for some time, very few agencies have come across actual clandestine systems such as the one found in 2010."

 

 

1 posted on 01/17/2011 2:21:24 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Hunting while surfing” ping


2 posted on 01/17/2011 2:22:34 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

linux? or windows?


3 posted on 01/17/2011 2:30:13 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Stoat

I hope I’m not supposed to be aghast because I like it.


4 posted on 01/17/2011 2:31:48 AM PST by RC one (What!!!!)
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To: Stoat

Someone remotely guarding their marijuana plot?


5 posted on 01/17/2011 2:37:23 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Stoat
Not so well camouflaged though!
6 posted on 01/17/2011 2:41:54 AM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: Stoat
Why would you use expensive Benelli shotguns in the set up.

Certainly a less expensive or even cheap shotgun would work as well in the rig.

7 posted on 01/17/2011 2:44:43 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Stoat

I like it but I sure wouldn’t leave that many expensive shotguns lying around in the open like that, some genius here but also a lot of stupidity.

Reminds me of in a way the weapons platform in Aliens.


8 posted on 01/17/2011 2:47:07 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Pontiac

For what they had in mind I would have just built a big plate with smooth seamless tubes and a firing pin receiver for each one. All you need is an 18” tube, two dozen would work, some plumbing parts, actuators to select which tube to fire.


9 posted on 01/17/2011 2:50:29 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Stoat

Killer app!


10 posted on 01/17/2011 2:55:03 AM PST by OwenKellogg
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To: Pontiac
Why would you use expensive Benelli shotguns in the set up.

Certainly a less expensive or even cheap shotgun would work as well in the rig.

Apparently the 'hunter' was more concerned with the reliability and fast firing rates that Benellis are famous for than the cost.  Six guns, all with extended mags sounds like he was expecting a visitor with significantly better armor than what a standard-issue wild hog is equipped with.  Then again, maybe he likes his pork minced.

11 posted on 01/17/2011 2:57:06 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

That gives new meaning to the term “blue screen of death”.


12 posted on 01/17/2011 3:03:27 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: RC one

me too. I could see uses for the setup.


13 posted on 01/17/2011 3:03:43 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Stoat

Feral hogs and pigs from what I hear are becoming a very bad nuisance in parts of the lower 48. Also is that local laws are prohibiting some landowners from clearing these pests.

But I just cannot get past the fact that they are using such a high quality shotgun, almost sounds like a fabricated event by the FBI or someone.


14 posted on 01/17/2011 3:04:55 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Randy Larsen
Not so well camouflaged though!

From the August Chronicle:

"The guns and setup were not located during subsequent follow-up patrols in the area," she said in an e-mail responding to questions about the case. "Capt. Jeff Swift has since talked with the property owner, Jay Williams, who stated that the firearms setup was still in the developmental stage and had not been deployed at that point to shoot any animal."

Web-controlled guns are illegal The Augusta Chronicle

 

It sounds as though the property owner was still testing the system when it was discovered, to his surprise.  I would imagine that it would have all been heavily camouflaged after it had been set up properly.

It seems that he wasn't expecting a human visitor to that area.

15 posted on 01/17/2011 3:13:21 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: jospehm20

Home security comes to mind first and foremost. lol


16 posted on 01/17/2011 3:20:20 AM PST by RC one (What!!!!)
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To: Eye of Unk

But I just cannot get past the fact that they are using such a high quality shotgun, almost sounds like a fabricated event by the FBI or someone.

From The Augusta Chronicle:

No charges were filed in the case, but authorities say such technology is dangerous and could be used in other situations.

 

Web-controlled guns are illegal The Augusta Chronicle

 

If someone was trying to set up the property owner to be prosecuted, they have apparently failed in their quest.

It could be that he simply has a lot of money and the cost of a quality firearm simply isn't that big of a deal. 

Without a better article including an interview with the property owner, it's hard to get beyond conjecture and guesswork on these points.

17 posted on 01/17/2011 3:22:34 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
In Georgia it's illegal to use electronic communications equipment in the pursuit of game, which would mean hunters can't use their cell phones to coordinate, but pest control isn't covered by this. The reason he wasn't charged is because he didn't commit a crime.

With special tiny stereo lenses a tiny robot could turn bug hunting in a back yard or farm field into an African safari experience. It would be fun to hook up a small robot to the internet and allow people to kill bugs on their lunch break in 3D.

18 posted on 01/17/2011 3:39:12 AM PST by Reeses
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To: Fresh Wind

That gives new meaning to the term “blue screen of death”.

Indeed ;-) Six autoloading Benellis all firing 3" magnum shells at a living target  as fast as they will cycle sounds  like 'red mist of death'  ;-)

19 posted on 01/17/2011 3:43:33 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Reeses

I sincerely appreciate your research :-)

What a wonderful idea....low-powered lasers carried by toy robots could kill a bug in spectacular fashion while being ‘fairly’ safe around populated areas.

I think you’ve just hit on a great concept for the next generation of video games ;-)


20 posted on 01/17/2011 3:48:52 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
six loaded shotguns aimed at a food plot

I'm glad I kept reading because I thought this was going to have something to do with a McDonalds.....

21 posted on 01/17/2011 3:50:33 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: RC one

No kidding, a set across the room from the front door would end a break in quickly.


22 posted on 01/17/2011 3:51:20 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Stoat

They should encourage these set ups for hunting wild hogs. Especially if they are on private land.


23 posted on 01/17/2011 3:54:36 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: Stoat
Some a**hole need to spend a long, long, long time in jail. And their privilege to own a firearm removed forever.
24 posted on 01/17/2011 3:59:15 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: listenhillary

And some little kid just happens to wonder on the place, oh well what difference does some dead kid mean.


25 posted on 01/17/2011 4:03:03 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Eye of Unk
First thing I'm going to say is I like his setup and if his story is correct I have no problem with it. I see no way of remotely moving the shotguns, I see no camera's on the shotgun's, the only thing I see is a wire going to a firing mechanism. This suggests to me that his intent is to gather as many hogs into as small an area as possible then turn the shotguns lose hoping for maximum carnage. This looks nothing like the Internet hunting that was going on in South TX, the setups they used had a wide range of motion and the camera's were set to look through the scope.

I can tell you all about feral hog's, we're being over run at an incredible rate. They tear up fences, root up the fields, they're coming into towns and getting into the trash and yards. I've seen 200+ lb boars jump over a 4 ft fence. They have large litters and plenty of them. The survival rate is incredibly high due to no predator in it's right mind wants to go against a big sow with piglet's. One plus side to this is they love road kill, where hogs are thick they keep the roads cleaned up nicely.

Redneck Claymore, I like his thinking.

26 posted on 01/17/2011 4:03:40 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: org.whodat; Reeses
Some a**hole need to spend a long, long, long time in jail. And their privilege to own a firearm removed forever.

It appears that no laws have been broken.

From The Augusta Chronicle:

No charges were filed in the case, but authorities say such technology is dangerous and could be used in other situations.

 

Web-controlled guns are illegal The Augusta Chronicle

 

Please also see post #18 from FReeper Reeses

27 posted on 01/17/2011 4:04:09 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

They can find this rig in the middle of nowhere, but they can’t stop the flow of illegals across our Border?


28 posted on 01/17/2011 4:05:58 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: org.whodat

Um... Why? What crime was committed? Name the victim, name the perp, name the damage done.


29 posted on 01/17/2011 4:08:02 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: Stoat

In GA power line right of ways are common and they belong to the power company. They are also illegally used by kids to ride their dirt bikes and four wheelers.


30 posted on 01/17/2011 4:08:41 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Stoat
No AK-47s?

LAME.

(lol)

31 posted on 01/17/2011 4:08:51 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: org.whodat

Oh yeah... “privilege”? Forget answering the other question. You are just another anti-gun dirtbag.


32 posted on 01/17/2011 4:09:00 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: Dead Corpse

They can find this rig in the middle of nowhere, but they can’t stop the flow of illegals across our Border?

It seems that we should deploy some of Georgia's Utility Contractors down along our Southern border ;-)

33 posted on 01/17/2011 4:09:12 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
Under the law, you are responsible for the results of any round discharged from your firearm.

This was a very irresponsible act and the owner is lucky anyone was not killed by accidental discharge.

This is the kind of behavior anti-gun people use as an example of reckless behavior for demanding restrictions upon firearm ownership.

If someone had been killed accidentally, a jury would have shown no mercy.

The song title "Hi Tech Redneck" comes to mind and not in a funny way.

34 posted on 01/17/2011 4:10:20 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Augusta GA is not the middle of no where, and the first law broken is trespass.


35 posted on 01/17/2011 4:11:36 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Dead Corpse
I hope your ignorance and like of personal responsibility, is not catching. Crap like this is not defensible when the anti hunting crowd uses to attack honest hunters.
36 posted on 01/17/2011 4:15:34 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

How does he get shot? It is internet controlled, right? Why is he trespassing on private land?


37 posted on 01/17/2011 4:21:46 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: org.whodat

We can always count on you to hold back what you really think.


38 posted on 01/17/2011 4:22:33 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: org.whodat

The hogs are more dangerous to kids than this set up.


39 posted on 01/17/2011 4:24:25 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: org.whodat

Please name the crime committed here.


40 posted on 01/17/2011 4:24:46 AM PST by agere_contra (The Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' ever since the 1800s - always with horrifying results)
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To: Dusty Road

We used to have a bunch of hogs living in the trees across the street. They’d tear up my neighbors yards and make lots of noise at night.

Then a florida panther moved in and the hogs have become less of a problem.


41 posted on 01/17/2011 4:25:35 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: org.whodat

Its not hunting, its pest eradication.


42 posted on 01/17/2011 4:26:44 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: listenhillary

It wasn’t private land it was power company right of way, and leaving a deadly device out is illegal. Next thing to fool rigging a shotgun to go off when someone opens a door. All of which has worked out badly for the fools that did it.


43 posted on 01/17/2011 4:27:36 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: driftdiver

Biggest predator we have here is coyote’s and they ain’t about to take on a sow with young.


44 posted on 01/17/2011 4:29:17 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: org.whodat

“the first law broken is trespass.”

It was the guys property according to the story.


45 posted on 01/17/2011 4:29:30 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Stoat

He must have spared one more camera to watch the equipment itself and flag him for any need to come pick it up.


46 posted on 01/17/2011 4:31:02 AM PST by Styria
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To: driftdiver

It is also illegal!


47 posted on 01/17/2011 4:31:17 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: listenhillary

Yeah, trespass is an issue. From the setup, I don’t think accidental discharge would be a problem either. Even if it goes off, it’s not going to hit anyone unless they are trespassing on his property. In which case, the question becomes why the homeowner has an obligation to ensure the safety of those who enter the property without his permission.


48 posted on 01/17/2011 4:32:34 AM PST by BenKenobi
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To: driftdiver

Reading the other Link it was on the edge of his property, it also says the pervert has sold the property and left the area.


49 posted on 01/17/2011 4:34:05 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Dusty Road

Yep, they have large litters up to twice a year and very low mortality rates.

While most around here don’t get much bigger than 300 lbs there have been a few in the 400-600 lb range.


50 posted on 01/17/2011 4:34:12 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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