GUN Rapper T.I. arrested on federal weapons charges

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Rapper T.I. was arrested Saturday as he allegedly tried to add three machine guns and two silencers to what authorities said was an "arsenal" of weapons that, as a convicted felon, he was not allowed to own.

    The entertainer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested without incident in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.

    The entertainer, 27, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. in Atlanta as he accepted delivery of the guns and silencers, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

    Three other guns were found in the vehicle he was driving, authorities said, and police executing a search warrant at his home in suburban College Park, Georgia, found six additional guns, five of them loaded, in his bedroom closet.

    "Machine guns pose a serious danger to the community, which is why they are so carefully regulated, said David Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

    "The last place machine guns should be is in the hands of a convicted felon, who cannot legally possess any kind of firearm. This convicted felon allegedly was trying to add several machine guns to an already large and entirely illegal arsenal of guns." Video See video of a search of the rapper's home »

    The arrest came as a result of the cooperation of a witness who, after being arrested Wednesday, agreed to cooperate with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the DOJ statement said.

    The witness was arrested after he purchased the three machine guns and two silencers from an undercover ATF agent.

    The guns were not registered on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by law, and the witness -- who was worked as a bodyguard for Harris since July -- told authorities he was purchasing them for Harris, and had bought about nine guns for him previously, the statement said.

    On Wednesday, authorities said, Harris arranged for the witness to pick up $12,000 in cash from a bank to use in buying the guns. After being arrested and agreeing to cooperate with ATF, the witness had a series of phone calls with Harris, which authorities recorded, the statement said.

    It was arranged that Harris would pick up the guns after meeting the witness in a shopping center parking lot in midtown Atlanta. The arrest took place there without incident, the DOJ statement said.

    Police searched Harris' car and found three other guns, authorities said, "including one loaded gun tucked between the driver's seat where Harris had been sitting and the center console."

    Court documents in the case show that Harris was convicted on felony drug charges in Cobb County, Georgia, in 1998 and sentenced to seven years' probation. "Harris has additional arrests and at least one probation violation for unlawfully possessing firearms," according to an affidavit.

    Harris has dubbed himself the "King of the South." His music is built around the drug culture and is known as "trap music," or music to listen to while using drugs.

    Harris will be held in federal custody over the weekend and will apepar Monday before a magistrate judge, the DOJ statement said.
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    The BET Awards were taped Saturday night at the Atlanta Civic Center. Harris was nominated for nine awards, more than any other artist, according to the MTV.com Web site, and was also scheduled to perform. The show's host, Katt Williams, filled in for him.

    On November 2, Harris will appear in the movie "American Gangster," starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/13/rapper.arrested/index.html
     
  2. GTslow88

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    well he's toast.
     
  3. Platinum_Thunder

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    IB Al Sharpton
     
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    I wonder what machine guns he tried to buy.
     
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    LOL @ Clifford
     
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    I was thinking that, too, while reading the article. Wouldn't make for a very good rap career.
     
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    shit like this from dumbfucks like that is what gives gun-owners a bad name.

    And the irony of it all is that all the extra laws/regulations/restrictions that shit like this provokes doesn't do jack to prevent the cause of all the fuss. Bad people will still get their weapons illegally tomorrow, just like they did yesterday. All they do is make it worse for mr average-honest-joe citizen.
     
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    how many years does he get per weapon? someone in the main forum said 7, but i dont know for sure :x:
     
  9. MTech

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    $12,000 for 3 machine guns???
     
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    CNN is about to do a short bit on him right now...


    Edit: Nothing new was said... except for some caring words from a fan. :rofl:
     
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    :rofl: Golden!
     
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    I don't see why a felon that doesn't have a violent record can't protect themselves. (I have no idea what his charges were).
     
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    yesterday about that same time, in forest park, GA (near college park) i was at one of the ranges down there buying some reloading supplies ( i vowed never to do business there but i occasionally pickup powder and primers to avoid hazmat )

    Anyways, black guy behind the counter was telling a "customer" that putting a stock on his 9mm AR-Pistol would only be "sorta illegal" and "just don't get caught and you're fine", the customer was like, oh okay cool because the buffer tube is ugly and I'd rather have a stock

    then I notice the customer is pulling money out of a wallet that says "Atlanta PD" on it....jesus christ
     
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    well, I'm sure he won't do it again, because it'll be illegal.
     
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    No he couldn't he has previous felony drug charges.

    Pre86 MAC's go for around $3500ish I think? The SP89 would be worth about $12k
     
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    Umm, no, he couldn't have done it legally. He is legally prohibited from even touching a firearm.
     
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    What a moron :rofl:

    I've heard 5 years $5000 per firearm. I'm not sure if that's IL's law with no FOID or a federal law or what though.
     
  20. TL1000RSquid

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    Statutory Maximum Penalties
    Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition by a Felon 10 years, $250,000 fine
    18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
    Possession of a Machine Gun 10 years, $250,000 fine
    18 U.S.C. § 922(o)
     
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    I haven't seen any SP89s go for that high... closer to 5k, IIRC.
     
  22. TL1000RSquid

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    I was thinking 12k with a legit H&k sear, didn't realize the sp's went for that much I thought they were around $2k. So it would be more like $15k with a sear.
     
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    "gave the firearm to HARRIS at his home at 429
    Creekview Lane, College Park, Georgia"

    feel free top send TI fan mail!
     
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    invalid address according to google
     
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    Well if it has a FA sear, then yeah it'd probably be more than that, but SP89s are semi auto typically.
     

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