How This Guy Got Around A Background Check Takes The Cake

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Firearms background checks. Legal gun owners, like you and me, know that the primary effect of these things is to harass law-abiding citizens and to exert additional control over the legal gun-owning population in America.

Having said all that, I’m not a criminal, so, I go through any necessary legal loopholes in order to legally get my firearms.

But criminals don’t go through background checks to get their guns. Typically, they get them on the black market or in other ways. And today we have what may be the most creative, the most out-of-the-box way to avoid a background check that you’ll ever read (I certainly can’t remember one off-hand that tops this one). Don Sweeney writes,

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A man used an excavator from a nearby construction site to tear down a wall and door to a Montana gun shop to steal firearms, federal prosecutors said.

The 46-year-old Billings, Montana, man pleaded guilty Wednesday, Dec. 29, to theft from a federal firearm licensee, the U.S. Attorneyโ€™s Office for Montana said in a news release.

Prosecutors said the man broke into Castle Firearms in Yellowstone County by tearing down part of the wall and door with the construction excavator.

Okay, I’ll give this guy props for taking a creative approach to getting his hands on six firearms, but this guy could also be a poster boy for dumb crook news. After all, how quiet could he have been in the break-in, and how hard was it going to be to track someone committing this crime? Excavators are fairly common, but they’re not so common that you don’t remember a detail like that when giving your statement to the police. Can you imagine anyone forgetting that detail?

I can’t say if alcohol was a contributing factor to this crime, but I can say that he obviously didn’t think it through before doing the deed.

Still, it made me laugh, if for no other reason than the absurdity of the situation. Hopefully, it did the same for you.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Damn, an excavator ๐Ÿ˜‚ not sure if alcohol was involved ๐Ÿ˜‚ That story hit hard ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m done ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. I have a sneaking suspicion that he was – and now will remain – a ‘prohibited’ person who knew he was and could not pass the check. The other option is that he owed someone or was just trying to make a quick buck……………..
    It will be interesting to see what penalties he gets – if he had done that in a certain large mid-west city he would already be back out on the street.

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