Debate Magazine

Dangerous Guns in the Hands of Criminals?

Posted on the 30 May 2011 by Mikeb302000
OK, this is one instance where I can't fault the owner for the problems with securing his weapons...

Guns stolen from tornado-damaged Minneapolis home

After a tornado hit North Minneapolis on Sunday, burglars reportedly stole more than $6,300 worth of WWII guns and other military equipment from a dark home.
By: Maricella Miranda, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT
History buffs aren't the only ones interested in World War II memorabilia.
After a tornado hit North Minneapolis on Sunday, burglars reportedly stole more than $6,300 worth of WWII guns and other military equipment from a dark home.
The missing weapons are an auto-ordnance, 1911, 45 pistol and a 9mm MP-40 semi-auto machine gun, said owner Scott Steben. The machine gun is a federally regulated weapon, and is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"I hope these guns aren't used," said Steben, 47.
The guns are props for war re-enactments, he said, but they still work.
North Minneapolis has seen a slight increase in burglaries since the tornado hit, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Stephen McCarty. Officers plan to step-up patrols in the area to discourage property damage, thefts, burglaries and looting.
"All of these burglaries will be investigated to ensure that these are legitimate burglaries ..." and not people reporting the crimes for ulterior motives, McCarty said.
During the cleanup, police will be asking anyone loitering in North Minneapolis to leave. They also will be escorting city staff, emergency responders and work crews.
The goal is to ensure residents' safety during the storm recovery.
So far, one looting incident has been reported, McCarty said. About 20 looters stole cash, booze, and cigarettes Sunday from Broadway Liquor Outlet after the storm smashed a storefront window. But that incident happened
before police were mobilized, he said.
Police have no suspects in Steben's home burglary. Stolen guns on the streets raises concerns for police, but the case will be investigated like other burglaries, McCarty said.
Steben -- and his WWII weapons and memorabilia -- were at a WWII re-enactment in Farmington when the tornado hit. The home burglary happened later Sunday night.
With electrical lines down around his house, there was no electricity.
After Steben unloaded his vehicle, he said he quickly left the house to catch a late-night dinner with his family. He usually locks his guns in a safe, but not this time.
When he returned, his backdoor was open.
Along with his guns, the burglars took his laptop computer, a WWII canvas pack that holds gun magazines and a camouflage helmet, Steben said.
Some of the items he bought 20 years ago. Although the guns are more than 70 years old, it's not difficult to find bullets for them, he said.
Steben was in the process of getting renters insurance, but was uninsured at the time, he said. He plans to eventually replace the items slowly -- if they're not returned.
"It's so darn expensive," Steben said.
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Guns Are Bad News for Michian Women

    In Isabella County there was a rather strange domestic murder. The way the guy walked into the police station and the matter-of-fact way the sheriff spoke of th... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Medical Marijuana and Guns

    The Seattle Times has a wonderful story about medical marijuana users and gun rights. Cynthia Willis calls up and down the firing range to be sure everyone ... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Bring Your Guns to Work??!?

    Bring Your Guns Work??!?

    Indiana: Barely two weeks after the shooting, however, Governor Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) signed into law a measure that does the opposite—bans employers from... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Guns on Campus in Arizona

    The bill to allow guns on campus is on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer. Here's the video. Even in Texas they knew what to do about this. What do you think will... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Gun-Rights Folks Defend Dangerous Unstable Gun Owners

    via Fat White Man from the inimitable Winston Dorian, who, by the way, copied and pasted the entire post from someone else. He kindly provided four links to... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Punt Guns

    Punt Guns

    via Neatorama Punt guns were enormous shotguns used to hunt waterfowl in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. They were so heavy that they were normally attached... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Guns - Open Carry - The Constitution

    via The Truth About Guns Well, actually that video was just chock full of thought-provoking ideas. One good one is that when someone thinks they're life is bein... Read more

    By  Mikeb302000
    CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY

Magazine