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Posted: 7/3/2003 3:40:56 PM EDT
This is from the article about tracing guns in Orlando. ============================================== State prisoner Alvin Johnson typifies the sort of criminal who authorities want to prevent from owning another gun. Early last year, Johnson, 38, of Apopka dressed in black, donned gloves and armed himself with several firearms. He had served two prison sentences for violent crimes so he was prohibited from owning a gun. Nonetheless, he was ready for a firefight when he tried to kick his way into the home of an Orange County woman late at night, court records show. The terrified woman escaped. Johnson is now serving three years for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Traces on the guns Orange County deputy sheriffs seized from Johnson failed to provide clues to how he obtained them. One pistol was bought in 1983 in Alabama. His second pistol was sold in Virginia before a 1968 law required serial numbers on all firearms. A shotgun he carried could not be traced. Had the guns been traced to a buyer, investigators would have tried to track how the guns reached Johnson, according to interviews. Agencies as small as the Altamonte Springs Police Department, which seizes about 50 guns a year, now trace regularly along with Central Florida's largest agencies. [b][u]"We just want to get some of the guns off the street,"[/u][/b] said Dee Teminsky, senior crime-scene analyst for the Altamonte Springs Police Department. =========================================== We got a freakin 2 time felon arming himself for war against the law, and they are more worried about getting the GUNS off the street than him? Him they give 3 years? Pathetic.
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 3:49:18 PM EDT
Another instance of how the law, designed to help out law-abiding citizens, is hurting them. The woman could've used the gun that man had to defend herself.
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 3:52:10 PM EDT
Typical problem causing thinking, instead of problem solving. They always focus on the wrong thing, & then can't figure out why it's not getting better.
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