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(IN) Authorities Seize Weapons Cache From Home

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  1. Drizzt

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    Authorities Seize Weapons Cache From Home

    POSTED: 7:17 am EST June 21, 2005
    UPDATED: 7:26 am EST June 21, 2005

    OAKVILLE, Ind. -- Authorities seized several assault rifles, submachine guns, ammunition and explosives from a former Army soldier's property and said they believed he was a threat to the community.

    They also found extremist literature, including a book written and signed by Randy Weaver, who gained fame after waging the Ruby Ridge standoff against federal authorities in 1992, the sheriff said. The weapons seizure at Jack Wilkerson's home was likely the largest in Delaware County history, Sheriff George Sheridan said.

    Police recovered an estimated $30,000 worth of guns, 2,000 pounds of ammunition and 436 pounds of explosives.

    "We're talking mortar shells, artillery rounds, tank rounds and projectiles," Sheridan said.

    Wilkerson, a 64-year-old retired U.S. Army electronics specialist, lived by himself in a run-down, single-story house that was protected by an alarm system and infrared surveillance in the 230-person town 10 miles south of Muncie, police said.

    Deputies discovered the cache Saturday after family members asked police to check on Wilkerson, who had threatened to kill himself, Sheridan said.

    But neighbors said they knew he was a gun collector and eccentric.

    "He was no threat to us," Paul Covington, a next-door neighbor with three young children, told The Star Press of Muncie.

    Others said police exaggerated the importance of the discovery and are hurting Wilkerson's reputation. Wilkerson has not been charged and was at Ball Memorial Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, Sheridan said.

    The sheriff's department bomb squad spent four hours blowing up the explosives at a shooting range Sunday but saved the ammunition in case it would be necessary for future investigations or court proceedings, Sheridan said.

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/4633168/detail.html
     
  2. KriegHund

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    Yep, he was just waiting for that last round to arrive to go on massive rampage of death dealing destruction, what with assualt rifles and submachineguns and explosives.

    Well heck, you know he was gonna snap since he was in the army, the ultra-right training boot camp, we dont need no stinkin' army!

    And you just know they expereimented on him...

    It was for the children, we swear!
     
  3. jpIII

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    possibly illegal if the news story isn't exagerated (I'm not holding my breath)

    Nothing to see here.

    What self respecting THR member wouldn't want to aspire to that collection!


    This quote (emphasis mine)
    leads me to believe that the only thing that was "illegal" was that he

    Time will tell however.
     
  4. 2nd Amendment

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    Check yer personal libraries, pardners, cause this will be life under the Patriot Act for all of us, once Hellary takes charge...
     
  5. RavenVT100

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    I doubt the LEOs care about the literature he had. The newsmedia is the entity that cares about it. I always consider the term "assault rifle" to be suspect and to refer to any type of rifle when the media uses it, but you seldom hear about submachine guns, which are also NFA items. Likewise with artillery rounds and live explosives. So it isn't as if he wasn't breaking the law by having those items.

    It's sad that the media has to make a circus out of it though.
     
  6. thereisnospoon

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    Whew....

    Thank goodness they destroyed and confiscated all that stuff. I feel really safe now knowing that the local government has the right to invade my home and confiscate my property because someone felt I was a danger to myself. :fire:

    I notice the report did not claim that anything that was confiscated was illegal, even though they use the ugly words "assault rifle" and "submachine guns" which I'm sure is either an oversight or could it be the "explosives" were inert and the "submachine guns" and "assault rifles" semi-auto versions and therefore legal to own????????

    I guess an earlier post was correct, only time will tell, but now that they have him locked up in the looney bin, I'm sure he will be found mentally defective and the rest of his property will be "destroyed" by the local LEOs (or put to good use, like those D.A.R.E. cars you see around town).
     
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    Extremist literature? That Constitution thing is pretty anti-government too if you ask me.
     
  8. 2nd Amendment

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    Yes, that lack of concern would explain why this was a statement from the sheriff...
     
  9. Pilgrim

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    Prosecutors make a big deal about the personal libraries of defendants to show their "mind set" towards committing a crime. Can you imagine the confusion in a trial if the jurors decide, "We want to read those books to see if they are as horrible as you say, Mr. Prosecutor."

    Pilgrim
     
  10. Vernal45

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    Wonder if they found any coffee cans? Geez. Leave the man alone.
     
  11. cortez kid

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    From what I read, the Ruby Ridge incident was a Fed inspired massacre, not a stand-off?
    kid
     
  12. The Freeholder

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    You know, except for the explosives (and for all I know, some of us may be licensed for those as well), the description of items could be of any number of THR members. Face it, how many of us own multiple "assualt weapons"? And given what ammo weighs (I know 1260 rounds of the South African .308 weighs 81 pounds), it wouldn't take too long to get to 2000 pounds. Heck, I've got at least 75# of spent brass alone waiting for me to reload it!

    I know if they looked in my gunsafe, or on my bookshelves or read my blog the local media would have an entire litter of kittens. "Why there's one of those members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy right here in River City!" :rolleyes:

    The whole thing reminds me of a tagline I started seeing shortly after the Waco "episode": "Is your religion BATF approved?" Is your gun collection and/or taste in reading material approved by the local LEOs? Might be an important check box some day soon.
     
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    So why were they seized? Nothing in there says what he may have done that was illegal.
     
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    Mr. Weaver didn't wage a standoff as one would wage war. He and his family only sought to defend themselves against murderous invaders. I'm quite sure that he acted on principle, not to "gain fame." If he was so intent on being famous, I don't think he would have been living in a cabin in the boonies.

    Four hours? I bet they had a grand ole time. Kind of like when the pictures I've seen in the paper of the destruction of seized dope. Stern-faced authorities standing around a smoldering pile of pot. :scrutiny:

    Question: Is it illegal to have mortar, artillery and tank rounds?

     
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    Hey, I have one of those [met him at Dulles in 2004]!

    So now BATF/DOJ/DEA/EPA has the cause to search and seize my bookcase and collection? While my firearms may not [yet] be worth over $30k, it's certainly at least a reasonable fraction of that - compound that by the fact that my neighbors [one of which has a bumper sticker that openly supports castro, as well as standard democrat stuff], are at odds with me politically...

    ...I'm scared - seriously - if this can happen in Indiana, WV loses its usual place out of the realm of possibility for this kind of nonsense.
     
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    Can't trust either the media or "authorities." For all we know, the guy may be a collector of military memorabelia and the so-called "explosives" may have been deactivated, de-milled chunks or old ordnance.

    Or not.
     
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    So since, the "explosives" were destroyed, does that mean that they cannot be used as evidence against him?
     
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    Betcha that the vast bulk of those "explosives" were kegs and/or canisters of commercial smokeless powder. Wouldn't be too surprised if primers weren't included in the total, just to round things out to an even more "alarming" number.

    IMO, they destroyed the "explosives" because they could. I'm not familiar enough with the rules of evidence to know under what circumstances material evidence may be destroyed rather than held pending adjudication, but I'm sure that there're any number obscure ordinances which they can cite to justify it. Violation of local fire codes, "improper" storage, etc.

    The one thing that I'd give odds on is that he'll play hell seeing any of that property again, no matter what the pshrinks end up deciding about his mental condition. He'd need assets on the close order of a Michael Jackson to even find an attorney who'd take the case.

    If he did, indeed, have in his possesssion any actual Class III items - subguns, grenades, "destructive devices" or whatever without the requisite documentation, then he's justifiably toast. Whatever you might think about the 1935 Firearms Act or its 1968 adjuncts, he had to have been aware of the penalties.

    It'll be interesting to see just how much of the inflammatory wording in the story holds up to closer scrutiny when the facts come out, if they ever do.
     
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    Sounds like the old man has been sentenced to political re-education camp. :(

    But, I am willing to learn more -- maybe he did break a bunch of laws and was on the edge of committing suicide. But from the sparse information we have, he could just as easily be totally innocent victim of over-earger JBT's.

    Key so far? He has not been charged with anything.
     
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    Damn... Guess I need to go burn my Autographed Ted Nugent Book...
     
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    Quick someone call the ACLU this man's property was stolen by the government without due process of law!

    Civil Liberties Union..yeah right!
     
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    I'd wager that the vast majority of the "mortar shells, artillery rounds, tank rounds and projectiles" were probably the demilled stuff you can buy for a few bucks apiece at gun shows. All too often the media (at times fueled by ignorance on the part of some police) freaks out when a spent rocket tube is found or someone has a demilled artillery shell propped in a corner of their reloading room.
     
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    Is being a member of THR PC for investigating my persnal property? :cuss:
     
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    [Homer Simpson voice on]Ummmmmmmmm... Extremist Literature [/Homer Simpson Voice]

    Unintended Consequences, Enemies Foreign and Domestic (my wife still thinks that one is a terrorist how to manual), Black Arrow - anyone... anyone... Buehler?
     
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    It never fails to amaze me how people with jump to all sorts of conclusions before they have the entire story.

    The guy had threatened to kill himself. This is why the police went to his place. Not because of any number of weapons, ammo, or explosives.
    He owned explosives. Not empty shells, not casings, explosives.

    Now a person who has shown he is mentally unstable has been put under observation to try and get him help and some people here are screaming that he is in Re-education by the government. I really resent the screams of Jack booted Thuggery by the police. I know a lot of officers from all over the state and with the exception of a few bad apples we have it good here.

    Why don't we wait and see the whole story before we start rallying around this guy and turning him into a (probably undeserving) martyr.


    *sigh* I sometimes feel that we are our own worst enemy. Just because the guy was a gun owner does not mean he was a good guy or "one of us"
     
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