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  • Gun Muffler (Silencer/Suppressor) Status Map of the United States

    06/20/2016 6:24:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Map at American Suppressor Association Many American gun owners and shooters do not know that it is legal to own and use silencers, suppressors, or perhaps the most descriptive term gun mufflers, in the United States.  There are only a handful of states that cling to the antiquated notion the suppressors should be banned because ... guns....  There is no logical or rational argument to be made for that position, but it persists. The states where suppressors are banned are the same tiny minority that persist with unreasonable and likely unconstitutional restrictions on the ownership and carry of firearms for...
  • Silencerco - The Doom of Boom

    08/25/2015 10:18:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/25/2015 | Troy Taysom
    Guns have been around in one form or another for 800 years. Much has changed, but the firearms industry cannot be accused of being on the leading edge of technology. The 1911 handgun is still widely used and adored, as is the AR-15. The 1911 by its name alone tells you that it has passed the century mark, and the AR-15 is more than 50 years old. These are just two examples of the antiquated technology employed by most firearms industry manufacturers; but not all of them. THE BEGINNINGWhat happens when a newcomer to the industry combines tradition with cutting-edge...
  • New Zealand Silencers: Cheap and Unregulated

    08/13/2015 7:45:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Silencers are often referred to as suppressors.  The best descriptive term is gun muffler. In New Zealand, which has a strong tradition of gun ownership, gun mufflers are unregulated and cheap.  They are for sale over the counter or in the mail.  The above ads or similar ones can be seen on the online buying and selling site for New Zealand,   From This Silencer will fit any centrefire rifle with 17CM of exposed barrel with a diameter smaller than 19mm. Takes away the loud crack (down to about a 22 magnum noise) and helps protect your ears...
  • "Johnny Dronehunter"-Anyone see this?

    10/03/2014 6:39:29 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/3/14 | hoagy62
    A friend of mine showed me this video today. I know it's an ad for a company that makes this case, a shotgun silencer. However, the idea behind the video struck me as something right up FR's alley. What do you think? Johnny Dronehunter video
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • Gun Rights Activist Back On Nashville Streets

    08/29/2014 11:37:26 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 5 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | 8-29-2014 | Laken Bowles
    A few days after a judge dropped charges against him, a vocal gun rights activist was back out on the streets on Nashville. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed weapons charges against, Leonard Embody, the so-called "Radnor Lake Rambo.” Embody was back out of the streets on Nashville Friday, wearing a bullet-proof vest and openly carrying his guns as he handed out flyers.
  • Charges dismissed for gun rights advocate

    08/28/2014 6:39:19 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8-28-2014 | travis loller
    "A Nashville judge has dismissed charges against a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer."
  • Sig Sauer Lawsuit Against ATF Muzzle Brake/Silencer Ruling has Merit

    04/18/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo from the ATF letter.  Sig Sauer never contended that the muzzle brake would not function as part of a gun muffler/silencer/suppressor Sig Sauer, Inc., the well respected firearms manufacturer, has filed suit against  B. Todd Jones as the Director of the ATF for ruling that the muzzle brake that they submitted for evaluation is "a part intended only for use in the assembly or fabrication of a silencer and therefore is a silencer..."  as defined in U.S. statutes.   The case document can be read here.  It is nine pages long, and makes a fascinating read. Sig Sauer Inc.,...
  • GA:Gun Mufflers for Hunting Passes Senate

    02/27/2014 4:04:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Use of Silencers is encouraged in Europe Photo Courtesy Gun World Gun mufflers, also known as suppressors or silencers, have been approved for hunting in Georgia by the Senate. The bill passed the senate 43-10.  SB 93 will be considered by the house next.  A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 1 of Article 1 of Chapter 3 of Title 27 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding hunting, so as to authorize the use of suppressors on hunting firearms under certain circumstances; to provide for suspension of hunting privileges for...
  • WI:Milwaukee Jury Troubled by Gun Muffler Case

    02/23/2014 5:17:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Fake gun muffler mounted on barrel A case has been sent to the jury in Milwaukee, where the BATFE appears to have used a career criminal to entrap a citizen who is both a gun collector and a lawyer.  In many ways it is bizarre, because it is clear that the criminal worked very hard to get the citizen to commit an illegal act of buying what amounts to an ersatz gun muffler.  Under the BATF administrative rules, any device that can be attached to a gun, that decreases the sound by *any* amount, is considered to be a...
  • Legislators learn how silencers affect guns

    02/04/2014 4:42:07 PM PST · by aimhigh · 55 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 02/04/2014 | Jim Siegel
    Eesley, a salesman at Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware, said he sells plenty of silencers, but he often has to first educate people about the reality. A silenced gun still makes quite a bang. More than 20 lawmakers or their aides gathered yesterday at Black Wing to learn a similar lesson and hear from an expert on how silencers, or suppressors, can affect the noise levels of hunting rifles. The event was organized by the Buckeye Firearms Association in an effort to gain support for House Bill 234, which would allow hunting with a suppressor. . . . ....
  • The Iowa Suppressor Ownership Bill Needs Your Support

    02/04/2014 6:58:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 30 January, 2014 | NA
    Our friends at the American Silencer Association have asked us to spread the word on a pending bill that would allow citizens of Iowa to possess suppressors. As a native of that great state that values liberty, it’s something near to my heart. Last week, State Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R-Missouri Valley) introduced House File 384 to the Iowa State House. The purpose of the bill is to legalize the possession of suppressors for the law abiding citizens of Iowa who complete the proper Federal NFA transfer process.Iowa is currently one of only 11 states that prohibit the possession of suppressors...
  • Conversation with an Englishman on Silencers

    02/01/2014 10:07:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Use of Silencers is encouraged in Europe Photo Courtesy Gun World At the Shot Show in January of this year, I sat next to an Englishman who wrote for a UK hunting magazine.  We talked about gun laws in the UK and in the US, and the subject turned to gun mufflers, AKA silencers or suppressors.  I was interested to learn that gun mufflers were relatively easy to obtain, and were in fact encouraged by the police.   Having a suppressor for your rifle was considered to be polite, and a way to reduce noise pollution.   Virtually all air guns...
  • “I Found This Old Maxim Silencer…”

    12/06/2013 8:34:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | December, 2013 | NA
    Since I posted my brief article on the original Maxim silencers, I’ve had more than a few people contact me saying that they have found one among the possessions of a deceased parent or grandparent. These folks are curious what the value of a Maxim silencer is, and are looking to sell it or learn more about the history behind them. Well, from the number of contacts I’ve had along these lines, it is clearly something that needs to be better addressed. I expect many of my regular readers are going to know what I’m about to explain, but I...
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Ask Foghorn: Are Suppressors a Good Idea for Home Defense Guns?

    06/16/2013 5:25:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 15 June, 2013 | Nick Leghorn
    Mike asks: Now that I am turning 40 and I have a toddler in the house I am rethinking my Home Defense strategies and tactics. One of my biggest thoughts (in terms of money and time investment) is filing the requisite paperwork and getting suppressors for my HD guns. What are your thoughts? Also, what happens to my suppressor in the case of a DGU? What else should I consider? In my opinion, if you live in a silencer-friendly state and you don’t have a can on your home defense gun, that should be your next purchase. Like, your very next purchase, even...
  • Wyoming Makes Hunting With Suppressors Legal

    02/21/2013 6:29:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    In some areas of the United States, legislators are hard at work devising new laws to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. But, in other areas, the opposite is happening. Take for example Wyoming where lawmakers have made it legal to hunt with suppressors. Here is a short announcement from the American Silencer Association. WYOMING: HUNTING WITH SUPPRESSORS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW New Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013 The American Silencer Association is pleased to announce that on February 18, Governor Matt Mead signed SF0132 into law, granting hunters in the state of...
  • Wyoming Senate Committee Approves Pro-Hunting Silencer Reform Bill

    01/24/2013 8:29:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of a pro-hunting reform authored by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-1). Senate File 132 would repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally. This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate. A date for this Senate floor vote has not been scheduled at this time but please call and e-mail your state Senator urging him or her to vote in...
  • Oil Filter Suppressor (Video - hickok45)

    01/17/2013 9:33:59 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies ^ | 1-17-2013 | hickok45
    Yep, it should be called the "Foxworthy Suppressor"! Check it out. Hope you're going to be at your state capital this Saturday (January 19th)!
  • Why Sound Suppressors Matter

    12/12/2012 5:23:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 12 December, 2012 | John B. Snow
    At the latest count, 39 states allow civilians to own suppressors. If you live in one of these silencer-friendly states and haven’t purchased a suppressor, you need to put one on your Christmas list. The advantages of suppressors are numerous. They not only protect your hearing but make shooting with a group of people much safer and improve marksmanship by reducing flinching. I’ve been shooting at Gunsite this last week during the Shooting Slam and had a perfect object lesson demonstrating the value of suppressors the other day. We’ve been shooting the Rock River Arms LAR-15 ATH Carbine, which has...
  • Wyo. lawmakers consider silencers on hunting guns

    11/30/2012 4:50:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 29 November, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers will decide in coming months whether to follow a growing national trend and allow the use of silencers on hunting guns.
  • This Might Be the First Legal Deer Ever Harvested with a Silencer in the State of Texas. Ever.

    11/05/2012 5:07:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 November, 2012 | Nick Leghorn
    Early this morning, just as the sun was coming up, I was sitting on a pair of buckets with Tyler Kee in his brand new deer blind when a beautiful love-struck buck wandered into our field following a doe that had run through a few seconds earlier. And as I lined up my scope for what would be the fourth headshot on wildlife in a row, the biggest thing that was running through my mind was “I might be about to make history…” The state of Texas has always made hunting with silencers illegal for game animals. Something about poaching...
  • (ssshhhh…silencers)

    09/26/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 25 September, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    I recently had the pleasure of touring the Utah facility where Silencerco and SWR sound suppressors for firearms are manufactured. I toured my first arms plant in the late 1960s and many since, and I’ve never seen a manufacturing facility cleaner or more modern than this one. Their approach to their product is just as clean and modern. They want to make silencers more readily available to law-abiding citizens. I for one have no problem with that at all. Before Silencerco absorbed SWR, those companies joined two other firms to create the American Silencer Association. Most of the general public,...
  • Advanced Armament Corp. Announces Handi-Rifle Chambered in 300 AAC Blackout

    09/17/2012 5:39:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 September, 2012 | AAC
    Lawrenceville, GA --( Advanced Armament Corp., LLC (“AAC”) is proud to announce an economical option for 300 AAC BLK enthusiasts – The AAC Handi-Rifle chambered in 300 AAC BLK. For many years, the Handi-Rifle has been the single-shot choice for of the accomplished and self-assured hunter that takes pride in their marksmanship. The AAC Handi-Rifle honors that choice with an impeccable blend of simplicity, reliability and accuracy. The ACC Handi-Rifle features a phosphate finish on a lightweight-profile 1:7-inch twist, 16-inch barrel. The barrel comes threaded in 5/8”×24 TPI with a thread protector and is ready to accept any variety of...
  • Silencers gaining popularity among Maine gun users

    06/06/2012 7:14:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 29 April, 2012 | Daniel Hartill
    TURNER, Maine — Chris Jordan rotated his safety switch to semiautomatic, aimed, and squeezed the trigger. In his hands, the German-made submachine gun twitched as it fired a 9-mm bullet at a speed of more than 1,000 feet per second. The round had sunk safely into the sand of a nearby gravel pit wall when its sound arrived. It resembled a sneeze. “You don’t get the dangerous, thunderous report with this thing,” said Jordan, CEO and owner of G3 Firearms in Turner. On the far end of the barrel, a black metal cylinder seemed to make all the difference. A...
  • Teddy Roosevelt's Suppressed 1894 Winchester

    05/20/2012 5:58:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | Max Slowik
    A new exhibit is coming to the National Firearms Museum this June, the Theodore Roosevelt Collection. Teddy Roosevelt is famous for his love of shooting, hunting, and battle. He was an avid gun user and collector, and a great fan of Winchester lever-action rifles, and one of his most-used and prized Winchesters will be a part of it. That Rifle is a Model 1894 likely chambered in .30-30, which he often called his "Little .30." Roosevelt instantly became a fan of the cartridge when it was first introduced. He was such a fan of their rifles that he tried every...
  • Texas Hunters Can Now Use Silencers On Their Firearm

    04/29/2012 6:13:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Daniel Novick
    DALLAS— It is now legal in Texas to use a silencer on your firearm while hunting, after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules in late March. The main goal of a silencer is a pretty simple one: Hearing protection. "Anything over 140 decibels is by OSHA standards is too loud for the human ear, and most gunfire is over 160 decibels," said Joshua Waldron, CEO for Silencerco, a silencer manufacturing company. Silencers, legal in 39 states including Texas, are becoming more popular. The concept of hunters having silencers however has drawn some controversy. Some said having silencers...
  • Georgia House debates ending ban on silencers in hunting

    03/11/2012 6:59:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies ^ | March, 2012 | AP
    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia House lawmakers will debate whether to legalize hunting with silenced firearms in Georgia. The House Game, Fish and Parks Committee is scheduled to debate a Senate bill Tuesday that would allow hunters to shoot with silencers, which suppress the noise coming from a gun when it's fired.
  • You Could be Hunting with a Silencer Soon in Texas

    03/05/2012 8:49:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 72 replies ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Mose Buchele ,Dave Barer
    Without making much noise, a new proposal is headed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. If it passes, hunters in the state will be able to use a silencer when hunting deer, birds, and other game animals.The Parks and Wildlife Department says the rule change is primarily about protecting hunters’ hearing and maintaining the tranquility of the outdoors. “Some neighbors don’t want to hear gunshots, and they’re less likely to hear or be disturbed by gunshots through a firearm with a suppressor or silencer attached,” Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife Enforcement, told StateImpact Texas. Just how quiet...
  • Proposed law would allow silencers on hunting rifles

    03/01/2012 4:01:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies · 4+ views ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX -- Arizonans may soon be able to hunt quieter. Legislation approved Tuesday by the state House would repeal laws that now prohibit hunters from using any sort of silencer or muffler on their weapons. HB 2728 also would specifically bar the state Game and Fish Commission from imposing any bans of its own. The 42-14 vote came over the objections of Rep. Russ Jones, R-Yuma, who said it flies in the face of public safety concerns. "If I have a silencer on a rifle or pistol, I can shoot it off in my backyard and my neighbor won't know...
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife May Allow ‘Silencers’ for Hunting Game Animals

    02/18/2012 8:26:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Howard Nemerov
    As of today, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is accepting comments for a proposed rule change that would enable you to hunt this fall with quieter firearms, making your outdoor experience safer and more enjoyable. Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife, said the proposed suppressor regulation covers hunting, and if approved at the March 29 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, hunting with suppressors will begin on September 1, 2012. The proposal is now official, because it’s been announced in today’s Texas Register (search for “Chapter 65” or “sound-suppressing”). According to the TPWD news release:...
  • Illinois SWAT Gets OK on Silencers

    02/09/2012 6:18:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    CBS St. Louis ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | via IRN
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -Under a just passed law, Illinois SWAT units can now attach silencers to their weapons. The silencer is designed to give police special operations teams the advantage if they find themselves in a firefight . The sponsor of the measure, state senator Dave Koehler says if police have to enter a room and fire their weapons the silencer allows them to concentrate on their target. “Hearing loss of up to 15 seconds can make a big difference between whether hostages are killed or not.”
  • NRA to make serious push for suppressor (aka 'silencer') law reform?

    12/07/2011 3:07:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 December, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    This past summer, Missouri passed a law that, among marking a great many other advances in gun rights, made firearm sound suppressors (popularly, but inaccurately, referred to as "silencers") far easier to legally own. Previously, only those with a federal firearms license (FFL), as is required for gun dealers, could own suppressors in the state. Missourians are still, of course, unfortunately under the thumb of the onerous federal laws regulating suppressors ($200 tax stamp for each suppressor, detailed background check with fingerprints, the legal jeopardy one places oneself in by owning both suppressors and "Chore Boy" pot scrubbers, etc.). The...
  • Silence is Golden, But Not When It Comes to Silencers

    11/28/2011 5:17:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 58 replies ^ | 27 November, 2011 | Abe Sauer
    On Black Friday, several stores of outdoor sports outfitter Cabela's gave away guns. And have you heard the one about the gun club offering photos with Santa and ammo? Guns, always popular in the US, have become even more so in a slumping, anxious economy. No wonder, as a new report exposes, a New York City-based capital management form has been buying up as many gun brands as it can get its hands on. The gun-loving conglomerate, Freedom Group, now sells more than 1.2 million guns a year, notching $40 billion in yearly revenue. (That's more than Coca-Cola, by the...
  • Silencers in Finland(Completely legal)

    09/11/2011 6:27:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1995 | Panu Wilska
    Just for comparison for the subject here are some facts how silencers are treated in Finland. Silencers are not considered to be "parts of a firearm", that means that anyone can build one, own one and buy or sell one without any restrictions. Just as grips or scopes. There are no special taxes on silencers, of course for everything you buy the 22% VAT is included. Silencers have been found useful in preventing noise-pollution of shooting ranges that are near urban areas. Several studies have been made on subject should silencers be obligatory. One study made by State Department of...
  • WUNDERLICH: Sound suppressors sound good(MI)

    04/11/2011 6:19:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 10 April, 2011 | Glen Wunderlich
    Noise pollution. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! When it comes to firearms, it comes with the territory. Why anyone does not have the ability in Michigan to suppress the ear-damaging noise of guns is beyond me. But, if you attach a sound suppressor to your firearm in this state, you’d be guilty of a felony, unless you have a Title II firearms license for machine guns, sound suppressors and destructive devices. Recently, Washington state has allowed its citizens the option of using sound suppressors on firearms and, believe it or not, even the state sheriffs and police chiefs...
  • Map: Where is it Legal to Own Gun Silencer in U.S.?

    01/07/2011 4:26:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4 January, 2011 | Gun Trust Lawyer
    Silencers are legal for civilian ownership in the following states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (C&R Required), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina , South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • HR 1604: Washington State considers legalizing firearm suppressors. Write your reps!

    02/14/2009 7:28:19 PM PST · by I can has Low Taxes? · 29 replies · 2,402+ views
    AN ACT Relating to firearm noise suppressors; and amending RCW 9.41.250. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: (1) Every person who: ... Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm unless the suppressor is legally registered and possessed in accordance with federal law (bolded is proposed modification to law) is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.
  • Britons vent scorn at U.S. after 24 days in N.C. jails

    12/17/2008 5:53:16 PM PST · by tkocur · 53 replies · 2,426+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 12/17/08 | Kristin Collins
    Garry Latcham thought he was carrying a harmless gift for his North Carolina host when he boarded a plane from his native England in November, planning to spend four days hunting in rural Person County. Instead, the gifts -- two silencers intended for air guns -- landed Latcham and his traveling companion in jail for nearly a month, after customs agents mistook the men for terrorists. Federal officials now say that the men were vacationers with no criminal plot. But they were still forced to plead guilty to felonies, because they failed to declare the $55 silencers on their customs...
  • Update: Seven held in anti-terror raids in the Netherlands [Shots fired in Hague raid]

    10/14/2005 4:38:26 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 79 replies · 3,618+ views
    Expatica ^ | 14 October 2005
    AMSTERDAM — Shots were fired as police raided a building on the Moerweg in The Hague on Friday. Dutch parliament buildings hermetically sealed by police Witnesses reported seeing masked men with automatic weapons entering a flat complex on Moerweg which has been sealed off by the police. Radio 1 News was told of people hearing gunfire. The police in The Hague have declined to comment at this stage about the reports. A spokesperson would only say police operations are taking place at several locations in the city. She would also not confirm that a raid was carried out at a...
  • Man In Florida Accused Of Trying To Use Potato As Silencer

    06/04/2006 3:31:27 AM PDT · by Stoat · 85 replies · 4,087+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) ^ | June 3, 2006
    Man In Florida Accused Of Trying To Use Potato As Silencer   POSTED: 11:43 pm EDT June 3, 2006 UPDATED: 11:54 pm EDT June 3, 2006  MIAMI -- A man is accused of putting a potato on the barrel of a gun, believing the spud would act as a silencer and muffle the shooting of a woman, according to Miami-Dade police. Police said Shane Thompson carved a hole in a potato with a spoon, stuck his gun inside and threatened to shoot the mother of his child. Thompson reportedly told her that no one would hear the shot, because...
  • FBI Was Warned of Sniper Suspect

    10/26/2002 5:36:19 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 44 replies · 393+ views
    Associated Press ^ | OCTOBER 26, 05:17 ET | GENE JOHNSON AND JOHN SOLOMON
    The FBI was told by a witness last summer in Washington state that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad was trying to obtain a silencer for his gun and wanted to kill police officers, and authorities decided to treat it as a local police safety matter, law enforcement officials say. FBI agents had concerns about some aspects of the witness' account and did not interview Muhammad at the time, the officials told The Associated Press. Authorities said emphatically Friday that nothing they received in June or July from the witness, Harjee Singh, suggested Muhammad and a 17-year-old companion, John Lee Malvo,...
  • 1 arrested as agents get tough on guns (April 26, 2002)

    04/30/2002 6:37:01 PM PDT · by Mulder · 57 replies · 563+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 26, 2002 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    All the weapons needed for an assassination or a terrorist attack landed an Orlando man in jail Thursday on federal charges of making illegal firearms. Members of a Central Florida task force investigating black-market gun sales arrested Anton Steely, 36, after learning he threatened to kill an undercover agent, according to federal court papers. The agent, who posed as a militia group's gun buyer, had angered Steely by refusing to return a .22 outfitted with a silencer, the papers stated. Pistols with silencers are the weapon of choice for assassins. The arrest came as federal prosecutors in Central Florida and...