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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:44 PM
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"15 hand grenades, one mortar shell, one stick grenade ... and a light anti-tank weapon"

Seems some guy here in Wisconsin was stockpiling weapons, and then he died...



http://www.jsonline.com/newswatch/132728958.html


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Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence in the 5500 block of S. 92nd St. at 2:30 p.m. They discovered 15 hand grenades, one mortar shell, one stick grenade, 18 military and parachute flares, and a light anti-tank weapon, sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said in a news release. Some of them were live, McLaughlin said. Technicians from the Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Detection Bomb Squad retrieved the military devices, and destruction of the items was pending, McLaughlin said.

The owner of the items was a retired Milwaukee police officer who was also a collector, Hales Corners Police Detective Kent Schoonover said Thursday. The man's family called the Hales Corners Police Department after he died Wednesday, asking police to remove the items.

Schoonover said that as a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard the man was an extremely careful and safe-minded individual who had everything securely stored.

"There was no danger to the neighborhood, there was no danger to the citizens, there was no danger to the family. It's just that these items are beyond our expertise so we called the sheriff's department for assistance," Schoonover said. "It doesn't happen every day, but there's nothing else to this. He was just an avid collector. He was not doing anything dangerous."

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A collector!!!???!!! You can collect hand grenades and light anti-tank weapons????!!!??? It was safe???!!!???


I can't believe the cop said that!
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:48 PM
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1. He has a constitutional right to collect these items.
I don't think they should destroy the stuff. They should send them to the front lines.
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:51 PM
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2. Note that only "some" were live, most were inert and who knows which. Cops like big headlines,...
That's all this is, flashy - just don't scratch the surface and look underneath.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:51 PM
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3. Were any of these explosives LIVE????
it is completely illegal for ANY civilian to own live hand grenades.

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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:57 PM
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5. The grenades are inert dummies with the telltale hole in the bottom, available online. see photo
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 08:59 PM by nomb



The tube is just that - a tube. Those things are fired once and the tube is left over.

The flares are probably the only thing live...
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:53 PM
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4. Cop own it? It's a "collection" Non-Cop? It's an "arsenal" or "hoard". nt
PB
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:01 PM
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6. Link to Google shopping: inert grenade
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:03 PM
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7. Amazon has tons of Grenades to choose from....
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:04 PM
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8. BTW I think it's fucked up that grenades are toys - just as I think bad reporting is fucked up
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 09:05 PM by nomb
Society is just fucked up these days...
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Abin Sur Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:06 PM
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11. What's wrong with "toy" grenades?
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:08 PM
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14. Everything. And thats from someone not opposed to your 2nd Amend rights....
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:11 PM
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16. I remember plastic toy hand grenades from when I was a kid, used adhesive caps to get a bang
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 09:19 PM by ProgressiveProfessor
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Abin Sur Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:13 PM
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17. If you feel that strongly, you probably shouldn't buy one.
I have an inert rifle grenade that I bought it at a garage sale for $10 because it was cool. Besides, it goes nicely with my FN-FAL.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:07 PM
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12. Not toys, collectables and momentoes
I have some "blue" rounds myself. Not a big deal
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Abin Sur Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:05 PM
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9. The hand grenades and mortar shell are almost certainly inert.
The flare are live, but so what? I have more flares than that in my collection.

As for the light anti-tank weapon, it's an M72 LAW Rocket launcher, and almost certainly nothing more than an empty fiberglass tube.

What's the big deal?
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:05 PM
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10. Not clear if any of grenades or the LAW are live
Flares are common and legal.

Anyone else remember this recent story? http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/13/rocket-prop... /

They gave it back when it was all over...the tube is not reusable.



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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:07 PM
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13. the grenades are drilled - and nobody puts a live LAW and grenades on display on the carpet before
before the bomb squad carts them off
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:10 PM
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15. Harder to tell in the case of the stick grenade, but I do believe you are correct
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