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Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

What a buffoon, who cares where he legally purchased his "Arsenal" and how would that help anyway? I think your use of that term for a small collection is laughable and the mention of scopes, loaded magazines and gun accessories a feeble attempt to sensationalize. And of course the centerpiece of any anti gun rights piece the evil Black gun " Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle with a fully loaded magazine" man that sounds scary don't it? Bushmaster ! Fully Loaded! Well sorry Mr. Tucker we don't buy into your type of B.S. We know the BATF can in fact learn where the legally bought guns came from, and scopes magazines and accessories are not controlled items or dangerous for that matter. What good is a fully unloaded magazine ? You should stick to stories you actually know something about so you come off looking so foolish.

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Posted by Stan Lee Winter on 03/13/2015 at 9:52 AM

Re: “NC GOP needs initiative to convince Wake, Mecklenburg voters to "connect" with their candidates

This clarifies it for me. The left sees Wake and Mecklenburg as leading the effort to build up power as the population grows into super-city-like proportions mainly from recent arrivals from failed Dem states. That can help tilt statewide races but a toe hold must be re-established with leftist control.

The 'publicans have it right: stop this cancer before it can metastasize any further. Gerrymander the heck out of both to limit the damage the left is famous for.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 03/13/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

Wow, this article clearly hit a nerve with the NRA astroturfing campaign. Keep up the good work Mr. Tucker. This kind of reaction means you're doing something right.

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Posted by vidvis on 03/13/2015 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

Wow, a dozen shoguns are WMD's. We need to regulate these Japanese Warlords more closely.

As usual, the liberal news focuses on a completely unimportant aspect of this crime, "Where o where, did he get these guns". Well, I suspect he bought them legally. Which is completely irrelevant. That he possessed them, and used them in a crime, is the only relevancy. If he bought them illegally, there is no paper work. If he bought them legally, there is no reason to care. What matters is he used them to kill. Just like all the other killers do, who get their guns illegally. This would be like trying to find out where a drunk driver bought his car, and some liberal wanting to know so he could sue the car dealer. Or get a law that requires car dealers to do background checks on people that buy cars. Which would add to costs, and do NOTHING to stop drunk driving.

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Posted by Pat Orsban on 03/13/2015 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

And, that "registry" was all kept on note cards in boxes. No filing system was in place so that anyone could look anything up. It was a ridiculous joke and only put in place to help prevent black people from buying guns.

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Posted by Greg Tarpley on 03/13/2015 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

Not only was the Durham County HANDGUN registry largely ignored, it was selectively enforced. Several officers in Durham didn't even know it existed, much less how they would look something up in the registry. If the author thinks that guns should be registered and available as part of the public record, we should also be able to see the contents of his phone and computer since he enjoys his first amendment rights so much. Registry laws do nothing to prevent crime. They only serve to add charges on after the fact in order to falsely justify their existence.

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Posted by Chris Ellis on 03/12/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

My questions is why has he brought up this issue only about this crime. It only shows again his political agenda and lack of real concern for crime victims.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 03/12/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

I think Mr. Tucker is deliberately twisting the statement he got from the ATF. In truth, records of where a gun was purchased are not available to the public. That is a far cry from the way he wrote his story.

The ATF can easily determine where a firearm was sold at retail, and the retail sale point then shows to whom the firearm was sold (as pointed out by Mr. Owens).

However, that does not fit into the narrative that Mr. Tucker wants to present. He, and likely all of the Indy staff, want, at a minimum, complete firearms registration throughout the nation.

Mr. Tucker is a gun grabber, pure & simple.

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Posted by David Phillips on 03/12/2015 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

Why does it matter where the firearms came from? It is the man's heinous actions with his firearms that are going face the justice system?

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Posted by Jennifer Harber Apple on 03/12/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

I can almost see John H. Tucker wringing his hands. What, exactly, would a record in the Durham registry do in this case? Can you please explain your hypothesis to us?

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Posted by Greg Tarpley on 03/12/2015 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

RE: "... guns in his arsenal, which consisted of about a dozen shoguns, handguns and rifles..."

A man with only a dozen guns has an "arsenal"? How absurd and liberal! Even without the misspelling and grammatical errors; this is the most ignorant article thus far for 2015

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Posted by William Campbell on 03/12/2015 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

What's the purpose of this article? To whine about something that is irrelevant?

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Posted by wdprice3 on 03/12/2015 at 8:53 PM

Re: “House bill would strip citizens of right to formally protest rezoning

This insane! They seem to be in the pocket of the developers sadly- and that is on both sides of the aisle. :( . We all need to write the representatives to vote NO on this bill! Write mall to vote NO:,,,,,,,,,,,
"Rep. Chris Malone" ,
"Rep. Grier Martin" ,,,

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Posted by Dianne Sheehan Lancaster on 03/12/2015 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

You can watch the destruction of the illegal records here:…

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Posted by Andy Stevens on 03/12/2015 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

All these unknowns are so troubling to the author of this story. Hicks has a demonstrated history of evil...purchasing a variety of firearms from places unknown, having a permit to carry a firearm either issued just days before his crime, or years ago, and due to expire any day. Why, on that very day, in fact, his permit could have had just hours to remain. We'll never know! And those scopes...those damn, dirty scopes! They should be banned as well.

What kind of insanity is this? Obviously, Mr. Tuckerr believes there should be a firearms registry, and the owners of concealed weapons permits should be tracked like sexual predators I suppose. Clearly Mr. Tuckerr has no knowledge of just what the Durham firearms registry most of the "arsenal" would have been unrecorded, not being handguns in the first place.

Perhaps Mr. Tuckerr would be happier if gun owners were ordered to turn in their firearms and ammunition without delay. Maybe he'll volunteer to knock politely on the first door with seizure order in hand. I wish him luck.

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Posted by Andy Stevens on 03/12/2015 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

Bob Owens is exactly correct. The trace process is pretty straightforward.

The bigger question is, "why do you care?" We know that prior to the shooting, the killer had no criminal record serious enough to prevent him from purchasing any firearms he wanted. That means all of his firearms were legally purchased. End of story.

Basically, all you're doing here is complaining that the law doesn't allow you to gratify your curiosity. There's a reason for that. You have no business inquiring how a citizen exercises their Constitutional rights.

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Posted by Sean D Sorrentino on 03/12/2015 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

What difference does the source of the killer's guns make? Do police routinely visit car dealers after DUI incidents? Firearms "tracing" sounds so exciting and "CSI," but unless the perpetrator was a prohibited person under the law and his possession of the gun was itself a crime, tracking down the seller of the gun is of no consequence at all. Unless I'm mistaken, Hicks was not a prohibited person under the law when he committed the crime.

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Posted by Chris Knox on 03/12/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Provenance of Craig Hicks' guns a mystery

The last statement, "The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also does not know where Hicks purchased the majority of his guns, because transaction records are maintained at the location of each licensee." is utterly false.

The serial number of the weapon is created and recorded by the manufacturer, is and is recorded again at the distributor and retailer level. The ATF simply follows teh cookie trail of documentation from manufacturer to distributor to retailer, and the retailer must then produce the documentation from their Blue Book.

I've personally assisted ATF agents in these investigations as an employee at a gun shop in North Carolina, and know this for a fact.

It sounds like ATF has a rookie spokesperson on duty.

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Posted by Bob Owens on 03/11/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Today in Disappointment: Wake County Commissioners in the Senate, fracking in the House

How in the world did we let these pathological liars take one our government? The right wing lawmakers are acting like NC is Russia--taking away rights and privileges. And, just wait until folks start breathing and drinking all the toxins from fracking. I don't want to hear not one cough-cough from Barefoot or Apodaca and the rest of the deceivers.

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Posted by cityfox on 03/11/2015 at 7:55 PM

Re: “House bill would strip citizens of right to formally protest rezoning

When politicians try to take away our rights to disagree with their actions, it is just the same as taking away our right to vote. Vote the Bastar** out of office while we still can.

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Posted by Just a Voter on 03/11/2015 at 7:07 PM

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