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Brookline weapons hoarder released on $5k bail
wickedlocal.com ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Teddy Applebaum

Posted on 07/18/2012 12:20:46 AM PDT by marktwain

Brookline —

A Brookline man charged on two warrants and 39 firearm violations was released on $5,000 bail today.

Richard Becker, 55, of 181 Harvard St., was fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet and is due back to Brookline District Court for a pre-trial hearing on July 19.

He cannot have any weapons, a bail condition imposed during an appeal hearing on June 29.

Becker was arrested on was arrested Monday, June 11, and charged on two warrants out of Quincy District Court, and 39 firearm violations. Becker lived in a three-story brick home just blocks away Coolidge Corner.

Police found swords, knives, and 36 guns, including several high-powered assault weapons in his home. All of the guns were unlicensed.

Becker is facing 39 charges, including eleven counts of possession of a large capacity rifle, 10 counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, fourteen counts of possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of a rifle. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a silencer, and one count of possession of a large capacity feeding device.

Among the weapons police took from the home were an AK-47, an Uzi, a TEC-9 pistol, and a colt-AR-15—a popular assault weapon used by the US military.

He was held without bail at his arraignment on June 14 and was later determined dangerous during a hearing on June 20, which he appealed on June 29.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: banglist; confiscation; ma; registration
The judge found him to be a flight risk because? It must not have been a good reason for his appeal to get him released on 5K bail so quickly.

This is what happens to people who dare to exercise their rights in MA without government permission.

1 posted on 07/18/2012 12:20:59 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

MA = MASSACHUSETTS


2 posted on 07/18/2012 12:25:41 AM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: marktwain
...colt-AR-15—a popular assault weapon used by the US military.

Never have been and never will be used by the U.S. military! Stupid reporters!

One of those: If it is a BLACK rifle, it is EVIL.

3 posted on 07/18/2012 12:37:27 AM PDT by TexasRedeye
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To: marktwain

Wonder who was in charge of Massachusetts when these BS laws were passed ?…

< / sarcasm>

Sad when I own legally in my state what this man was jailed for in another.

Vote with your dollars between elections folks.

But make real sure you vote.


4 posted on 07/18/2012 12:49:21 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: TexasRedeye

“ar-15...maybe the jack donkeys need to do some research before writing...

So tired of lame brained media calling a semi auto firearm an assault weapon. Obviously they are all too brain dead, or firearm illiterate to understand the difference. Also, unlicensed weapon...how stupid...stupid..stupid..Nothing is a weapon until used as a weapon, until that time it is just an inanimate object.


5 posted on 07/18/2012 12:56:19 AM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: marktwain
From a 20 Jun article:(link)
But Becker’s public defender, Joanna Sandman, painted a rosier picture of her client, arguing there’s no evidence he’s been violent or threatened anybody in the past, and pointing out he’s never been arrested before. She called in Becker’s longtime neighbor, Abraham Schickler, to testify to that effect.

“I don’t think he would harm anybody,” Schickler said, adding that he’s not afraid of Becker, even after learning about the weapons

Sandman didn’t say why her client had the weapons, but she implied he used them recreationally, providing evidence he was a member of a local sporting association and gun club until 2010. She said owning guns wasn’t in it of itself reason to find somebody dangerous.

“He’s led a quiet, unassuming life for the past 50 years,” she said, adding that he has no history of mental health problems. “Dangerousness isn’t just about possession of a weapon.”

But Curtin (Brookline District Court Judge Tricia Curtin) cut her off, questioning why anybody would need a “huge cache” of weapons —especially assault weapons. Sandman said she’s appealing the ruling, but wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.

What a sad friggin' state of affairs.
Brookline District Court Judge Tricia Curtin should read about "Unintended Consequences" for judicial actions such as this. This guy hasn't done a damn thing to deserve this barbaric treatment.

Neighbors say Brookline weapons hoarder was a kind perfectionist

6 posted on 07/18/2012 3:26:12 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: TexasRedeye

“Stupid reporters!

One of those: If it is a BLACK rifle, it is EVIL. “

I am sick of this “assault weapon” crap all the time too.

Of course you can use it for assault. It’s a WEAPON. That’s the whole point for cripes sakes.


7 posted on 07/18/2012 3:31:31 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: marktwain

I am so sick of this crap.

Hoard?

39 is a collection. Not a hoard.

Dumb ass chicken crap scardycat wussie “journalists” make me want to puke.


8 posted on 07/18/2012 3:34:41 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: marktwain
This is what happens to people who dare to exercise their rights in MA without government permission.

Ma has fallen and it probably will never get up. The home of the "shot heard round the world" is now a tyrannical police state with the spiritual descendents of Col Smith and General Gage in charge. The blue thugs in MA should change their uniforms to red

After all they're doing what the government of MA originally sought to do on April 19, 1775

Of the thousands of minute men who answered the call and chased Smith's men back to Boston there remains no trace of their spirit of independence in MA just the ones that Sam Adams referred to in his "lick the hands that feed you" comment.

9 posted on 07/18/2012 3:44:49 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: marktwain
What is particularly amusing is that he lived about a block from Cooleridge Corner. Cooleridge Corner is to ponytailed moonbats what Medina is to Muslims, not Mecca, but one of their holy sites. Visit it if you are ever in Massachusetts with some time on your hands. Every car is festooned with moonbat bumper stickers, even the mosquitos in Cooleridge Corner are Democrats. When I go, I feel like Sir Richard Burton visiting Mecca, or Leon Turrou at a Bund meeting or Medgar Evers attending a Klan rally disguised in a white hood.

I understand his anxiety, given where he lived, but he might have been happier if he just moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, where he would just have been the guy down the street with a modest gun collection.

10 posted on 07/18/2012 3:50:26 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: marktwain
All of the guns were unlicensed.

WTF! I don't own ANY firearms that are "licensed".

11 posted on 07/18/2012 3:52:18 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Aim Small, Miss Small)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“even the mosquitos in Cooleridge Corner are Democrats.”

ALL mosquitoes are democrats. They ARE blood sucking parasites, after all.


12 posted on 07/18/2012 3:54:22 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Tainan; marktwain
But Curtin (Brookline District Court Judge Tricia Curtin) cut her off, questioning why anybody would need a “huge cache” of weapons —especially assault weapons.

Why would anyone need a “huge cache” of Hummels? Why would anyone need a "huge cache" of Beany Babies?

This is not a communist country where the state determines what we need and what we can have!

If a man decides he wants to collect varnished dog droppings he is within his rights to do so and the state should dutifully ignore all protestations of the populace to the contrary.

13 posted on 07/18/2012 4:28:19 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: marktwain

Weapons hoarder? Look who’s paranoid.

No respectible Arizonan would have fewer than a dozen. Hunters might have several for each game class. Collectors might invest in 10’s or 100’s of interesting items.

ARs are like potato chips. Who can be satisfied with just one?


14 posted on 07/18/2012 5:08:03 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: from occupied ga
Of the thousands of minute men who answered the call and chased Smith's men back to Boston there remains no trace of their spirit of independence in MA...

We're all gone to Texas to fight on better ground.

15 posted on 07/18/2012 5:12:59 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: marktwain

>> Police found swords, knives, and 36 guns, including several high-powered assault weapons in his home.

We have a name for people like this in Texas!

Slacker. :-)

Say, what’s a “high powered assault weapon”? And how is it different from a “low powered assault weapon”?


16 posted on 07/18/2012 5:14:29 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick; All
A “low powered assault rifle” would be a daisy Red Ryder BB gun, as defined by New Jersey law.

A “high powered assault rifle” would be any center-fire semi-auto that can accept a detachable magazine.

This is just part of Goldilocks gun control. Guns are either too little or too big, too reliable or not reliable enough, too unusual or too common, too military or not military. They are never “just right”.

17 posted on 07/18/2012 5:34:21 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Massachusetts Gun Licensing Requirements

Complying with the Gun Control Act of 1998
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_gun_laws.htm

Effective June 1, 1998, all new firearm license applicants must complete a certified firearms safety course or Basic Hunter Education Course

The new law creates two types of licenses to carry (LTC):

CLASS “A” LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, handguns, rifles, shotguns and feeding devices (both large and non-large capacity). This is the only license that allows the carrying of concealed handguns-either loaded or unloaded.

CLASS “B” LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, non-large capacity handguns, and all rifles and shotguns (large and non-large capacity).

Actual Law can be found here: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/1998/Chapter180

And for those wondering Mitt Romney was Governor of MA from January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007. It was Governor Paul Cellucci that signed it into law. And here is the analysis done in 2008 on the Decade of disaster since it going into affect: http://www.goal.org/newspages/decadeofdisaster.html


18 posted on 07/18/2012 5:39:52 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: marktwain

The Second Amendment IS his “LICENSE”!


19 posted on 07/18/2012 5:40:23 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: Squantos

BS laws were passed in 1998. Governor Paul Cellucci signed it into law. It was and still is the most far-reaching gun law in the history of the United States. See my other post above this one for the details.


20 posted on 07/18/2012 5:41:40 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: marktwain

Free range guns are the best.

To take back America we don’t need no stinkin licenses.

Thats like Patton asking for permission to invade Normandy from Hitler.


21 posted on 07/18/2012 5:45:14 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: marktwain
All of the guns were unlicensed.

Would someone please explain to me what a "licensed gun" is. I have never "licensed" nor "registered" a gun in my life and wouldn't know how to go about it. Yet I often see this term. WTH does it mean?

Is it simply the ignorant writing of one of our "journalists"?

22 posted on 07/18/2012 6:10:05 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: marktwain

Knives and swords?

It’s a good thing he didn’t have any pointy sticks or clubs. Or slingshots or bows and arrows.

Yo, judge. How many of what is too many?


23 posted on 07/18/2012 6:15:38 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: marktwain
Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban

"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts," Romney said..."These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."

24 posted on 07/18/2012 6:27:16 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Hitler was a socialist who ran against the communists. They said he was the 'lesser of two evils.')
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To: CPOSharky
That Judge would hate me... I actually have slings, bows, and some other sharpy-pointing things.

No AK's though. Not a big fan of the 7.62x39 round. .300 Blackout has better ballistics. ;-)

25 posted on 07/18/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Squantos
Sad when I own legally in my state what this man was jailed for in another.

That is indeed a sad state of affairs. And this idiot, bedwetting, pathetic excuse of a judge should be tossed off the bench.

26 posted on 07/18/2012 6:50:06 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker
That is indeed a sad state of affairs. And this idiot, bedwetting, pathetic excuse of a judge should be tossed off the bench.

Off the bench? Day by day we're getting closer to group defenestration.

27 posted on 07/18/2012 6:59:50 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: marktwain
The contents of my gunsafe in MA (including a respectable collection of bayonets and historic military swords) would have given that liblezzie judge apoplexy.

Heck, just the "gear" I now load into the Jeep each time I go back to my range for a little recreation would make that b**ch want to throw me under the jail!

I can't express how glad I am that my safe, its contents and I and mine are now safely ensconced back home in God's Country!

28 posted on 07/18/2012 7:32:36 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: OldPossum

what about this fascist judge asking why so many?

might as well ask why own so many cars?

why own a house with 3/4 bedrooms?

why earn more than 100k?


29 posted on 07/18/2012 7:42:07 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: EternalVigilance
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts," Romney said...

Romney is an anti-gun liberal. We all know that by now, but the alternative is even worse.

30 posted on 07/18/2012 8:10:06 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
but the alternative is even worse.

Sorry, it doesn't get any worse than depriving the people of the physical means to defend their God-given, unalienable right to life and liberty.

Samuel Adams' summation of the completed work of the Committees of Correspondence:

“Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. … it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights ...”

– The Rights of the Colonists (November 20, 1772)


31 posted on 07/18/2012 8:33:32 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Hitler was a socialist who ran against the communists. They said he was the 'lesser of two evils.')
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To: EternalVigilance
Sorry, it doesn't get any worse than depriving the people of the physical means to defend their God-given, unalienable right to life and liberty.

Well let's see 0bama F- rating on firearms and radical socialist Romney F- rating on firearms and pro capitalist. Candidates are not one dimensional. when both of the suck equally in one dimension you have to look at the other criteria. Which one is worse?

32 posted on 07/18/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
I don't engage in debates about whether a bullet to the head or a bullet to the heart is "better" or "worse." It's foolishness.

These men are both gross violaters of their oaths to support and defend the Constitution. Therefore they are both completely disqualified. Period. End of story.

33 posted on 07/18/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Those who support the lesser of two evils have already succumbed to evil.)
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To: EternalVigilance
It's foolishness.

Nope. One of them is going to be president regardless of your and my opinions of them. So your straw man about bullet to head or heart is irrelevant. The real foolishness is your comment about end of story, because it ISN'T the end of the story. It isn't the "end of the story" because it will be either the marxist kenyan or the liberal masshole whether you like it or not.

You can vote protest for someone nobody heard of who would make a much better president than either of those two, but that won't really accomplish anything. I'm guessing the protest votes will be in the low single digits %wise and will be ignored by everyone.

34 posted on 07/18/2012 12:08:20 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: An American!

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/14812/Romney-signs-off-on-permanent-assault-weapons-ban.html

.......


35 posted on 07/18/2012 2:10:11 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: OldPossum
Would someone please explain to me what a "licensed gun" is.

At the point of sale in Massachusetts, the dealer fills out a state form with all identifying data on the weapon and to who it was sold. The form goes to the police department. I'm guessing that the information also goes to the State Police.

36 posted on 07/19/2012 7:50:00 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Thanks for the response.

So, I am understanding that in some states—certainly not mine—there is such a thing as a “licensed gun.”

Interesting.


37 posted on 07/19/2012 8:21:06 PM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: marktwain

My boss wants me to relocate to Mass from NH. The gun laws are probably the biggest reason I will not.

What the anti-gun lobby doesn’t understand is this is not a political fight were we just give in to the law. People will die if they try taking guns away and it won’t just be the wackos doing the killing.


38 posted on 07/19/2012 8:42:30 PM PDT by dgbrown
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It’s Coolidge Corner,and I happen to love the place.


39 posted on 07/19/2012 8:46:13 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

Me, too. But it is still a moonbat holy site.


40 posted on 07/19/2012 9:12:07 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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