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Man arrested for driving around with mounted World War II machine gun in Metro Detroit
MLive ^ | July 05, 2013 | The Associated Press

Posted on 07/05/2013 8:26:11 AM PDT by DarkSavant

Edited on 07/05/2013 10:13:44 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) A man was arrested in Macomb County by police responding to reports of a vehicle with a mounted machine gun driving around late at night.

The armor-plated military-type vehicle featured a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun.


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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: arrested; banglist; county; macomb; shelby; township; veteran
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To: diogenes ghost

I wish people would realize that there is some serious practical brain power in the Detroit area. The Detroit Brothers custom chopper builders seem to know every retired engineer in the state.


51 posted on 07/05/2013 9:50:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redcatcherb412
Blatant sexism and harassment of an innocent "Ma Deuce"

Today's girls prefer mini-guns.

52 posted on 07/05/2013 9:53:37 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: molson209

It’s real de-commissioned 50. There was one at our VFW parade celebration, and there might be a couple of them . Actually they’re used for parades draw a lot of attention. If he fired it probably arrested for some noise ordinance.


53 posted on 07/05/2013 9:56:22 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: DarkSavant

He just wanted the guy to get off his lawn.


54 posted on 07/05/2013 9:57:41 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU...)
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To: henkster

“Charges of what?”

brandishing, disturbing the peace, impeding a police investigation, they will come up with something


55 posted on 07/05/2013 9:58:47 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: lrdg

I recently joined MVPA and saw the Oregon thing in the magazine. Maybe another year. I’m going to Oshkosh for the first time this year.

That show would give me a second reason to go to Oregon. I’ve got an aunt and uncle out there that I haven’t seen in a long time.

I love old vehicles, especially military but don’t own any. I have an erratically running 1965 Willys jeep in the carport. Dad has a 5 ton 6x6 sitting in a barn in very good condition.


56 posted on 07/05/2013 10:03:39 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: cripplecreek

David remodeled Nugent’s Bronco on GearZ.


57 posted on 07/05/2013 10:37:35 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: DarkSavant

Lock & Load.





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58 posted on 07/05/2013 10:40:20 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: DarkSavant
If the guy had been wearing a turban I would've been very concerned,
because the police would not have bothered him.

Armored vehicle = Legal
Compressed gas noise maker = Legal, and it was July 4th
Noise maker shape of gun = Life in prison!

59 posted on 07/05/2013 10:46:01 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: DarkSavant

Was the theme from American Bandstand playing from his vehicle?

“Escape, Escape from Detroit, Detroit”


60 posted on 07/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
*Too little firepower to make a difference.*

Ya know, knives over 3 inches are not allowed in Detroit.

You have to defend yourself with SOMETHING.

“Gosh, maybe they ought to make some gun control laws since it's human nature to throw away your gun when you realize that your victims are unarmed.”

What?!?!?!

They have gun control laws....and there is still crime? How can that possibly be? The politicians have been telling us for years what a utopia it would be if only the guns were outlawed.

Well, well, well, a lying politician. Who would've thunk it?

You could’ve knocked me over with the Statue of Liberty.

61 posted on 07/05/2013 10:57:28 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: DarkSavant

Seems like a wise choice in that war zone of a city............


62 posted on 07/05/2013 11:27:31 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: PATRIOT1876

Open carry is legal in Detroit.


63 posted on 07/05/2013 11:29:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GladesGuru
Driving in Detoilet, MI with a machine gun altered to make noise is beyond dumb.

Shelby Twp. is near where I live and way north of Detroit.......

64 posted on 07/05/2013 11:36:16 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I ain't no cracker, I'm a white a$$ soda biscuit...)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Shelby Twp. is near where I live and way north of Detroit.......

Aww c'mon man, this is Detroit we're talking about. We don't need facts as long as we have consensus.
65 posted on 07/05/2013 11:45:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Some folks never bother to actually read the article, so they think that this happened in Detroit based on the headline. They cannot be dissuaded by numerous comments pointing out their error. Of course, they don’t bother to read other comments either, so it’s really no surprise.


66 posted on 07/05/2013 11:48:27 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: DarkSavant

It was Fourth of July night and the guy was probably celebrating Independence Day along with all the other fireworks going on at the time.

Fireworks are permitted in Detroit on the Fourth of July aren’t they?


67 posted on 07/05/2013 12:09:07 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

Yeah, fireworks are fine in Detroit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQOYZcqDCYk


68 posted on 07/05/2013 12:13:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DJ Taylor
It was Fourth of July night and the guy was probably celebrating Independence Day along with all the other fireworks going on at the time.

I have the local ABC news on in the background and they aired a tease on the vehicle and gun, they'll give the full report during the 6:00 p.m. hour...........

From what I saw, your assessment was spot on........

69 posted on 07/05/2013 2:53:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I ain't no cracker, I'm a white a$$ soda biscuit...)
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To: centurion316; cripplecreek
The full news report just aired. The guy is a WW-II vet, has a number of vintage tanks and other armaments sitting in his yard that he has restored. This particular one, a miniature tank, (not sure what it really is but maybe an APC) has a mounted machine gun converted to compressed gas which shoots flames and makes lound bangs.

Last night he and his buddies took it out on the road while all the neighborhood fireworks were going off and somebody panicked and called the cops on him.

Considering the nature of the machinegun shooting, I suppose I would have called the cops too but only to to protect the guy against return fire.

The cops in turn should have just intercepted him and told him to get his vehicle off the road and back into his yard but no, they had to arrest him.

Having grown up in a rural community in northern MI, the later would have happened but in this upscale community of Macomb County, the cops had to do what they had to do........

70 posted on 07/05/2013 3:17:43 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I ain't no cracker, I'm a white a$$ soda biscuit...)
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To: duffee; All

Another article says the police had numerous calls from people saying that someone was firing the gun at people, while the vehicle was being driven down the street.

Even on Independence day, that might be said to be disturbing the peace.

It appears that this is not that clear cut, because the only offence mentioned is a fireworks offence.

http://www.candgnews.com/news/july-4-panic-caused-antique-military-vehicle


71 posted on 07/05/2013 3:33:16 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I personally would have enjoyed it a great deal but yes, its best that the neighbors know what’s going on first.


72 posted on 07/05/2013 4:47:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: marktwain

Firing a fifty while driving down the street would draw attention and be disturbing the peace, even on the 4th of July.


73 posted on 07/05/2013 5:00:18 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: duffee

“Firing a fifty while driving down the street would draw attention and be disturbing the peace, even on the 4th of July.”

From the articles I am not at all sure of what happened. It may be that someone was manning the machinegun, and people thought it was fireing because of the fireworks going off.

These machines are not cheap. I hope it will all be cleared up shortly.


74 posted on 07/05/2013 5:13:56 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain; duffee
Firing a fifty while driving down the street

It was no longer a .50 cal but rather converted to a compressed gas powered flame and banger................

75 posted on 07/05/2013 5:23:43 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I ain't no cracker, I'm a white a$$ soda biscuit...)
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To: DarkSavant

This was probably my brothers boss. He’s got several vehicles fitting the description and lives in Shelby area.


76 posted on 07/06/2013 5:16:31 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: GladesGuru

It happened at least 20 miles north of Detroit.


77 posted on 07/08/2013 11:54:21 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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