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Man finds state trooper's assault rifle, ammo in road

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  1. RAMMUNITION

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  2. Triad

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    Seems like this kind of story pops up every two or three months. Why can't the cops keep track of their stuff? Oh yeah, the serfs pay for it, so why bother?:fire: :cuss:
     
  3. Tamara

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    "Hello, State Police barracks? Yeah, I found this poodleshooter lyin' in the road; I think it belongs to you guys. What? Ammo? Er, uh, nooo... didn't see any of that. The gun's filthy, though; you guys should clean 'em more often." :D
     
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    I'd turn it all in to the local newspaper.:neener:
     
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    huh? find what? Ossifer, I tain't found nuttin......

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  6. Blackhawk

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    Registration site so I didn't read the story, but I'd probably look around for a few minutes to see if there was a body in the grass, note exactly where it was found, figure out who it belonged to, then call it in. Might be a crime scene, so I wouldn't wander off with it.

    How about posting the story itself? :D
     
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    www.wwltv.com/local/northshore/WWLrifleinroad013003.7bbda6f.html

    Man finds state trooper's assault rifle, ammo in road

    01/30/2003
    MIKE ROSS / Northshore Bureau Chief

    COVINGTON, La. -- A Northshore man who stopped to pick up what he thought was a tennis bag found himself in possession of a high-powered military assault rifle Tuesday.

    According to air conditioner repairman James Simmons, he was driving down Highway-190 near Covington when he spotted the bag in the middle of the road.

    “First I said, ‘oh that ain’t nothing,†recalled Simmons.
    “But I said ‘that looks like a tennis racket type bag.â€

    But what Simmons found in the bag was certainly not a tennis racket: he had stumbled upon an AR-15 assault rifle and seven fully loaded magazines of ammunition.

    “I'm like, ‘is this some drug dealers’ or just some hit men?’ I didn’t know what to think,†he said. “I was like, 'who in the hell would have something like this that you could lose?’â€

    Simmons says he immediately called 911, and St. Tammany sheriff's deputies quickly solved the mystery.
    It turned out the weapon belonged to a state trooper.

    According to officials, the officer didn’t realize the weapon had fallen out of the trunk of his patrol car until he got home that night.

    His laptop computer had apparently hit the trunk release button and “with him driving down the road, the trunk didn’t actually fly wide open so he could observe it,†explained Trooper Kevin Allen of State Police Troop ‘L’. “It kinda’ stayed low with the wind against the trunk, and he lost his rifle.â€

    Simmons says he was happy to return the gun to the trooper, and his boss is proud of him as well.

    “I can imagine many people would have done something with this gun that could have lead to harm to other people,†said Simmons’ boss Mel Gillory “By James picking this weapon up and getting it out of circulation and off the street could have saved a person's life.â€
    “It kinda’ restores your faith in society that there are good people out there,†Allen said.

    State police say they consider the loss of the gun to be an accident, and the trooper will not face disciplinary action.

    Officials are, however, looking at making changes to patrol cars in an effort to keep such an incident from happening again.
     
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    A computer opened the trunk? ROFLMAO!:D
     
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    Reminds me of the Keystone Cops.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Good thing it wasn't an intermediate-powered civilian target rifle. Must have had the bayonet lug.
     
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    and the reporter said, "Oh yeah that makes sense."


    I have heard it all now.

    "No officer my computer pulled the trigger and shot that home invader!"

    HS/LD
     
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    A little hard to believe that with he wind holding the trunk lid down the rifle and ammo were able to sneak out.

    What, the wind blew it out of the trunk? Hmm.. I'll reckon that if you p[laced that same bag with rifle and ammo in the bed of a pick-up, sans tailgate, it wouldn't blow out.

    Maybe hit hit a BIG bump in the road causing the bag with rifle and ammo to bounce out. But then he would have surely noticed the trunk lid slamming full open.

    I dunno, sounds fishy to me.
     
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    Yeah, guns are baaaaaad.:rolleyes:
    As opposed to a low powered rifle?:rolleyes:
     
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    That was natures way...

    of telling him that he had way too much equipment.
     
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    ha ha

    Strip the gun to a bare lower. turn in the lower to sp anonmously
    Yes! The computer did it! Does this trooper really need an ar15?
     
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    anyone happen to know if it was pre- or post-ban configured? auto capabilities?
     
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    Like, ah, maybe, computing and driving and thinking ought to be like, outlawed?
     
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    "anyone happen to know if it was pre- or post-ban configured? auto capabilities?"

    The computer?????

    :confused:
     
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    Finders Keepers.:neener:
     
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    Going along with Tamara's thoughts, "You might want to check it for throat erosion, the bore looked kinda shot out to me."
     
  21. Johnny Guest

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    Trunk came open just a L E E E T L E bit?

    Well, perhaps. Stranger things have happened.

    My vote, though, is that the trooper was just transferring gear, put the case somewhere insecure, lost track of it, and drove away. About once a month, somewhere in our county, there's a fresh story of someone leaving a flashlight, clipboard, briefcase, patrol bag, laptop 'puter, or portable radio, on the car, and driving off. No one even comments on the food and coffee cups lost that way.

    True confessions time: I loaded up to go duck hunting one pitch black morning. Lotsa gear. Drove 40 miles to meet others, including about a half-mile over a rough farm track. After donning my gear, I couldn't find my shotgun in the trunk! Embarrassment: Brought all this other gear and left gun at home! BUT - - Oh, no! Clearly recalled hauling the cased gun out to the car. Dawning memory: Put it on rear bumper while I . . . OH, RATS! Could have bounced off anywhere. Buddy offered use of his spare gun, but I was so sick about loss of my 1100 . . . I got ready to go report the loss to about four police agencies. (This was in pre-cell phone days.) While taking off my other gear, I looked down, and there was the gun, still on the bumper. Fortunately, I hadn't hit any big bumps on the way. Giant relief, and a FIRM resolution that I would NEVER leave ANY firearm improperly secured again. I have stuck to it, too. :eek:

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  22. gun-fucious

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    confession time

    after a nice day of fishing and photography at the lake.
    i loaded the family back into the Cherokee.
    The little one needed help getting aboard so i put my 1000 dollar digital camera on the roof inboard of the Jeeps rack rail and drove home with it on the roof.

    Despite traveling the rutted gravel road for a mile, driving on local roads at 50 mph for 5 miles, and making several turns, the camera was exactly where i left it.

    20 pounds of rifle will not jump out of a trunk.

    It will however slide off of a roof when left there.
     
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    What gun? What bag? What ammo? What road? I have no idea what you're talking about. ;)
     
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    So, I was like, 'goldurn them sneaky high power (.223) assault rifles anyhow, and how'd that thing talk the computer into opening the trunk for it?'

    I was like, 'I told you them things could think for themselves... that's why we know they're all just waiting to run off and kill someone.'

    -0-
     
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    "Hey, nice rifle! And ammo too! Well, the Lord works in mysterious ways. I wonder how it shoots.... I best find out before I put it in my safe!"
     
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