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    Stowing Guns In Vehicles

    Keep this in mind the next time some proprietor suggests that you disarm and stow your firearm in your car:

    Arms stolen from policeman’s car
    Chesapeake officer reports that personal vehicle was broken into
    By Kathy Adams
    The Virginian-Pilot
    VIRGINIA BEACH

    Police are investigating the theft of a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and ammunition from the trunk of a Chesapeake police officer’s personal vehicle.

    On Tuesday night, the officer, who lives off South Lynnhaven Road in Virginia Beach, locked the firearms in his trunk, said Officer Jimmy Barnes, a police spokesman. Later that night or early Wednesday, someone broke into the vehicle through a window, popped open the trunk and stole them, he said.

    The thief made off with a semiautomatic rifle, 60 rounds of rifle ammunition, a rifle case, a Remington shotgun with five rounds, and a nylon bag – worth a total of $2,170, according to a police report filed online.

    The Chesapeake Police Department issued the firearms to the officer, who was permitted by department policy to take them home, said Officer Dorienne Boykin, a department spokeswoman.

    Boykin would not say whether the officer is a patrol officer or a member of a specialized team like SWAT.

    But on the Virginia Beach Police Department, typically only SWAT officers are allowed to take home weapons like those stolen from the Chesapeake officer, Barnes said. That’s to ensure a quick response in emergencies, he said. Qualified patrol officers may check out weapons like those for use during their shift.

    Virginia Beach detectives are investigating the theft and have entered the firearms’ serial numbers into the national stolen gun registry, Barnes said.

    The Chesapeake officer secured the guns appropriately, Boykin said.

    “This is an unfortunate incident,” she said. “This may cause us to review the practice of how we safeguard weapons in vehicles.”
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    WAVY-TV itemizes the goodies

    Read this from WAVY:

    Guns stolen from police officer's car

    Officials say the thief broke into the vehicle on Barnstable Quay - off of South Lynnhaven Rd. in Virginia Beach - through a window, popped open the trunk and stole a:

    M4 ArmaLite semi-automatic rifle,
    a loaded Remington 870 shotgun,
    60 rounds of M4 ammunition,

    a case,
    and a duffle bag.

    Chesapeake police say the items were department issued weapons.

    Officer Dorienne M. Boykin, with the Chesapeake Police Department, told WAVY News 10 is a statement, "This is unfortunate incident and these were department issued weapons, and the fact that the guns were locked in the vehicle's trunk is a reasonable safeguard. All officers are responsible for safeguarding their equipment that is issued to them."

    Police said the officer did nothing wrong when he put the guns in his trunk. It's a common practice, as long as they are properly secured. What's not secure is the thought of the guns on the street.
    As for the Assault Weapons on the loose, Dorienne offers this helpful advice:

    "We just want people to understand that this is not a toy. This is not something to be played with. Its' property of the police department that we need to have returned"
    Golly!

    Remember Boys & Girls, "This is not a toy."


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    FOIA the incident report

    It would be instructive for someone in Chesapeake to (try to) FOIA the police incident report pursuant to Code Section 2.2-3706 just to see if the Department would respond beyond the usual "No, we don't have to" SOP.

    More interesting would be to see if the official report corresponds with the statements to the media.

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    I bet the New York City Investigators did it so they could say look at the VA crime guns used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuc65 View Post
    I bet the New York City Investigators did it so they could say look at the VA crime guns used.
    I'll go with that, as well.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repeater View Post
    As for the Assault Weapons on the loose, Dorienne offers this helpful advice:
    It doesn't appear any "assault weapons" were stolen. Just a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, and some ammunition.
    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
    It doesn't appear any "assault weapons" were stolen. Just a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, and some ammunition.
    You could also turn the comment around and ask why police are carrying military weapons, since "AWs belong on the battlefield, not around out citizens".
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbNo View Post
    You could also turn the comment around and ask why police are carrying military weapons, since "AWs belong on the battlefield, not around out citizens".
    I would guess that 1) police are a 'special' class of citizen, 2) the worlds largest gang is indeed a standing army / paramilitary force.

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