Friday, April 27, 2007

Milita Arrests

So members of a militia have been arrested and arms seized. One of the men is apparently wanted as a "federal fugitive"- though the author of the piece doesn't see fit to tell us exactly what he's wanted for. The militia had quite a cache of explosives-

Agents recovered 130 hand grenades, a grenade launcher, about 70 hand grenades rigged to be fired from a rifle, a machine gun, a short-barrel shotgun, 2,500 rounds of ammunition, explosives components, stolen fireworks and other items, said Jim Cavanaugh, regional head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

I wonder just what the machine gun was- and was it legally owned? The journalist doesn't say. Anyway, what really caught my eye about the story was this-

The men, members of the self-styled "Alabama Free Militia," had no apparent plans to use the weapons, but the leader was described as a federal fugitive, federal authorities said.

"They just have a beef with the government, and they stockpile munitions," U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said at a news conference in Fort Payne.

And that's a bad thing because?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the BATF has previously defined a shoestring as a "machine gun", and the recent brouhaha over the Adkins Accelerator being re-defined as a "machine gun" has caused me to eye askance any such announcement in the media.

They're only regurgitating what the BATF press release says and wouldn't know a machine gun if it...made itself known to them.

Mr. Bruce