Monday, May 20, 2013

Oopsie!

Alternate title: Why I will be thinking long and hard about going to Colorado in the near future.

Shotgun executive taken into custody at Colo. gun show on cabbie terror tip
Daniele Perazzi, president of the Italian Perazzi Shotguns firm, was taken into custody yesterday by Adams County Deputies [see update, below] along with several prototype shotguns. The executive was picked up in the parking lot of the Denver Merchandise Mart, hosting the high-end Colorado Gun Collectors show this weekend, after a taxi driver, likely reacting to a suspicious activity reporting outreach program conducted by law enforcement, told authorities he thought he could be transporting an armed “foreign speaking” terror suspect.
Perazzi, also known as "shotguns that cost more than your car", are the very kind of shotguns that folks like Joe Biden and John Kerry think should be legal. In fact, I'd wager they think that Perazzi is about the lowest end firearm that should be legal to own, because if you can afford a sporting gun like the Perazzi line, obviously you're one of the "right" people.

It's funny, in that of all the people in the gun world, the Italian head of one of the most prestigious gun companies out there is about the last person I'd think would be considered a suspicious person. And therein lies the difference between MA and CO - in CO, the head of Perazzi shotguns gets reported by a cabbie as a potential terrorist and hassled by the police. In MA, the cabbie helped the Boston Marathon bombers get their bomb-laden backpacks into and out of the cab...

I understand that Denver does not equal Colorado, much like the same way that Boston does not equal the rest of Massachusetts. It just concerns me that I could find myself in a police station trying to explain the evil black rifle in my luggage based on outreach program. Even more worrisome is the poorly-written CO law on magazines, where my "readily convertible" AR-15 magazines - even the 10 rounders - might potentially be illegal. If I'm coming out to hunt prairie dogs at distance, I want my Conspirato - not my .30-30...

There's currently a legal challenge being mounted by CO sheriffs, NSSF, Magpul, and firearms retailers in CO. I'll be keeping a sharp eye on these proceedings to see how future trips will be panning out. With the news like the above story, though, I'm not particularly hopeful that CO will unscrew itself in the near future - which is particularly unfortunate given the hardiness of the area and the good folks from CO I'm proud to call friend.

It's just too bad they decided to go all Massachusetts on gun control...

That is all. 

UPDATE: News around the blogosphere is that this is a hoax. Call off the hounds!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shotguns that cost as much as my first house. Dumb cops, dumber cabbies.

Gerry

Sdv1949 said...

Michael Bane is a moron.


http://www.nssa-nsca.org/index.php/2012 ... -obituary/

Sdv1949 said...

And Codrea. They both posted it.

Ed said...

Interesting system. Arrest everyone deemed "suspicious" for whatever reason and let them prove their own innocence. After all, what do they have to hide or fear?

I am still wondering what the "probable cause" was, aside from a cabbie's suspicions of someone with a foreign accent and shotguns.

TOTWTYTR said...

This story confuses the hell out of me. Perazzi is denying it ever happened.

No one can seem to verify if anyone was arrested or not.

Weird.

Anonymous said...

It did not happen, it was a very well planted hoax. that said, the very fact that so many of us nodded and said, "No surprises there," speaks more volumes than the hoax does.

LittleRed1

joethefatman said...

Unpossible. Him dead. They arresting ZOMBIES?