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How about the guy convicted due to his AR's malfunction?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Ignition Override, Feb 14, 2011.

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  1. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    I've not seen anything about this guy in quite a while.

    He lived in WI, loaned his AR-15 to a guy. The guy took it to a range, where it suffered some sort of slam-fire, and before he was convicted, the ATF refused to let a firearm's expert testify about AR (sear?) malfunctions.
    He was sentenced to a few years in prison in MN.

    I know almost nothing about ARs, but certainly hope that this guy has won some sort of appeal.

    If my memory is wrong about the basic story here, please correct it. This is all that I seem to remember, and none of my gun buddies/friends in the Memphis area or elsewhere seem to have heard about it.
  2. cassandrasdaddy

    cassandrasdaddy Well-Known Member


    you must have read an account most generous towards the guy with the ar
  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Google around for David Olofson.
  4. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    The genius in question gave his AR-15 to a prospective buyer who took that AR to a range that law enforcement officers frequented.

  5. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member

    Olofson was not a poster child.

    He tried all sorts of bogus arguments initially in court (like 'gold fringe on the flag') and then ended up with a less than competent public defender and a new judge.
  6. cassandrasdaddy

    cassandrasdaddy Well-Known Member

    stupid hurts
  7. dirtykid

    dirtykid Well-Known Member

    :scrutiny:I cant find that 3rd-position on my AR,, what gives did i get ripped off ??
  8. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

    Hmmm....mine doesn't go to a third position. Methinks he may be rightly convicted.
  9. bruzer

    bruzer Well-Known Member

    Mine had the third position. Kept it for almost 12 years and fired it at least once a year and got paid to do it!!!
    Semper Fi,
  10. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    the ATF refused to let a firearm's expert testify about AR (sear?) malfunctions.

    The LE agency doesn't make determinations about what evidence will allow. The judge does.

    Olofson was not a poster child.

    He certainly isn't. There are still people talking about "the poor guy who's AR malfunctioned and went full auto". Too many people on gun forums immediately jump to defend anyone arrested for any type of gun violations without knowing, as Paul Harvey said, the rest of the story. If we want to represent ourselves as the responsible gun owners we are we really need to exercise caution when we support someone.
  11. Zoogster

    Zoogster Well-Known Member

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  12. bluesteel63

    bluesteel63 Member

    Grizz22 well said
  13. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member


    Well said indeed.
  14. sv51macross

    sv51macross Well-Known Member

    Wasn't there also a guy with a FAL that slam-fired and was prosecuted by the ATF?
  15. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Why wouldn't we support ANYONE who is defending themselves against a machine gun charge?

    Don't we all believe that the NFA is unconstitutional?

    But no, we all scatter and say, "well, he's an idiot", "he knew the law", "see you in 10 years buddy".

  16. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member

    He did not raise this defense.

    Wonder why?
  17. MaddSkillz

    MaddSkillz Well-Known Member

    Well said. Idiot or not. A guy is in prison for adjusting his gun so it shoots 3 bullets per trigger pull rather than 1.

    Oh the horror!!!! He's a menace to society and we are now all safer since he's in prison!!!

    That's our country. That's what "freedom" has become.
  18. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    what he said

    him too
  19. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member

    Maybe we do not mount challenges to laws by violating them?

    It puts you in a real bad spot.

    "Yeah judge, I knew it was against the law, but I think the law is invalid."

    There are mechanisms to challenge laws (especially ones with serious penalties) without actually breaking them.

    Notice this was never raised by the defense?

    The other flake arguments he made (including the 'fringe on the flag' admiralty court argument) really pissed off the first judge.

    Acting like a flake in federal court is not a good way to get the judge on your side.
  20. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    too bad the Constitution is not a persuasive argument anymore.
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