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Monday 10/20 at bob's gun shop

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by jbyrum87, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. jbyrum87

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  2. Norman

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    Good job by the owner/employees of that gun shop.
     
  3. m4arc

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    I like Bob's Gun Shop and the guys that work there. They've taken a lot of heat by the local media <cough>The Virginia-Pilot</cough> over the years but they have been active supporters of the VCDL and the 2nd Amendment. Good place, great folks.

    It's a shame the anti's won't admit that the laws that are in place do actually work.
     
  4. Spike32

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    The guy was wanted for murder in Maryland...you know, the state where you can't defend yourself unless you are the Governor's cousin. They popped him on the instant check.
     
  5. Nicko

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    By Cindy Clayton
    Matthew Bowers
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © October 23, 2008

    NORFOLK

    The man who wanted to buy a 9mm semiautomatic handgun filled out the required background-check forms at Bob's Gun Shop and left.

    A worker at the Granby Street store logged the customer's identification into a computer, connecting with state and federal databases that look for outstanding warrants, felony convictions and handgun purchases within the previous 30 days - all blocks to gun purchases.

    Virginia State Police denied the application, with a message via computer: "Not at this time." Almost immediately they followed up with a phone call to Bob's: Keep the customer there, or call him back.

    The customer was wanted in Baltimore on a murder charge.

    Store owner Robert Marcus called the man, saying his application had been approved. About 20 minutes later, the customer returned.

    Four state troopers and a Norfolk policeman waiting discreetly inside converged on him as he approached the counter, wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him Monday afternoon, even as other customers continued to peruse merchandise.

    State Police on Wednesday called the arrest an unusual byproduct of the state's instant-background-check law.

    The customer, Barry Cleveland Roberts, 22, of the 2600 block of Sunrise Ave. in Chesapeake, is accused in an Oct. 12 shooting death. Baltimore police responding to a gunfire report found an 18-year-old man riddled with bullet wounds in the street, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. He died hours later.

    Police don't have a motive, but the next day they obtained a warrant accusing Roberts, Harris said. Roberts is in the Norfolk City Jail awaiting extradition to Maryland.

    "Some criminals are under the illusion, I guess, that states don't talk to each other," said Sgt. Michelle Cotten, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman.

    From January through September this year, there were 168,312 recorded firearm transactions in Virginia, according to the State Police. Of those, 181 were denied because there were outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants on the applicants, and 54 people were arrested, said Corinne Geller, a State Police spokeswoman.

    Bob's Gun Shop employees said Roberts insisted to police that it wouldn't make sense for him to go in there if he knew there was an arrest warrant out on him.

    "That's why it's so unusual for it to occur," Marcus, the shop's owner since 1989, said of the homicide arrest, "because most people are smarter than that."

    He said his store gets one or two denials a week out of 100 attempted transactions but has never had one for something like this.

    "The people of the commonwealth can rest easy tonight because there's a system in place and it works," Marcus said.

    The quick turnaround does little to hinder Second Amendment rights, which is why gun-store owners are OK with it, he said.

    Was he nervous about the "sting"?

    "I wasn't," he said. "We have more guns than he has."