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(ourmaine.com)   Man found to have 81 firearms, shoulder fired rockets, mount for 50-cal machine gun on front porch, and some weed too.   (ourmaine.com) divider line 68
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2001-11-29 08:34:36 AM
'Tards running around calling the bomb squad who find a silver device strapped to a toliet and spend the next 4 hours trying to figure out what it is....
 
2001-11-29 08:39:06 AM
A Maine State Police bomb squad that was summoned to the home determined that Bloomquist was licensed to possess the weapons, said Stephen McCausland of the state Department of Public Safety.

Andrews said Bloomquist is a federally licensed firearms dealers and works as an investigator for lawyers. Most of the weapons were inoperable and were used as display models, Andrews said.


Kewl. I need to get me one of those FFL.
 
2001-11-29 08:43:33 AM
I love my state. It's a cesspool of crime, violence, and moose.
 
2001-11-29 08:44:35 AM
guns and weed....


wish he was my dad.
 
2001-11-29 08:48:40 AM
Am I missing something here? Police were serving a PFA and decided it was a search warrant. Oh he is not on the main floor we better go down in the basement and search for hidden rooms. This guy is getting the shaft. Uncool.
 
2001-11-29 08:53:26 AM
"this could have been our version of ruby ridge" - they guy said, like he was hoping for that....
 
2001-11-29 08:57:42 AM
Finkboy
"I love my state. It's a cesspool of crime, violence, and moose."

Actually, Maine has a very low crime rate.
 
2001-11-29 09:00:28 AM
Yea, guns, ammunition, whatev... WAIT!!! HE's GOT WEED! Quick, lock this sicko up! Won't somebody think of the children!?
 
2001-11-29 09:03:03 AM
Sounds like a non story, most guns were inoperative, he is (was) legally licensed to own them, and they were not used in any crime. The big scary looking bomb in the back of the photo? Got one myself at a surplus store years ago for 15 bucks. It's hollow. The weed is a bigger legal problem than the guns are.
 
2001-11-29 09:03:36 AM
Just for having the weed, they should have seized his assets, property, etc. ILLEGAL ACTIVITY...
 
2001-11-29 09:06:11 AM
I am so farking tired of these posts with "weed"... Enter the teenage wackos that will "Cry" for legalization...
GET OVER IT CONVICTS!!!!!
 
2001-11-29 09:13:41 AM
Did anyone see that giant bomb? what is it a nuke?
Last night my wife and me clean out my sons playroom, I think its a tie as far as weapons go(toy guns vs real ones), sans the giant bomb.
 
2001-11-29 09:13:54 AM
This guy had 11 plants growing, hit him with a cultivation rap, maybe even distrobution, take his home and cash...
He will think twice about breaking the law again....Fark him.
 
2001-11-29 09:20:06 AM
I drove through Maine once.... once.
 
2001-11-29 09:22:33 AM
Maine is one of the eight states that had passed the
medical marijuana law. But since Asscroft nixed it, this guy won't be able to use it as a defense.
 
2001-11-29 09:22:58 AM
Squinth - Yeah, we do have a low crime rate. However, we have a very high ratio of domestic abuse, probably stemming from our high rate of poverty (Maine is, I believe, #1 in the states for children living under the poverty line)and illiteracy. I was half joking before, but Maine is in pretty sad shape, none the less.
 
2001-11-29 09:23:28 AM
"I was going to blow up 18 square blocks. . . .but then I got high"
 
2001-11-29 09:27:02 AM
Finkboy Maine has the highest graduation rate in the states, so how could they have the highest illiteracy rate?

I don't think Maine is in such sad shape, as a whole. Washington and Aroostook county stats drag the state down, IMHO.

I knew you were half joking, though. ;)
 
2001-11-29 09:28:40 AM
Yeah, but you still haven't explained away the moose.
 
2001-11-29 09:28:56 AM
"medical marijuana" Yea that's a joke, go ahead and read the long term effects, I am sure that no doctor in his right mind would recommend..., now the short-term effects, that's different, but that is the culture we live in, "feel good now, fark later"



-done
 
2001-11-29 09:33:41 AM
WALKEN,
First of all, just so you know, your name is walken now.
It should be no big deal to you, especially in #FARK chat, according to AntiNorm and Katymba.
Them's the rules, smoke a joint, and get over it.
 
2001-11-29 09:45:47 AM
You can have my guns when you can pry them from my cold, stiff... oh man, have I got the munchies.
 
2001-11-29 09:49:57 AM
Hello??? this guy assulted his wife. That right there should be enought to put him away for a while. And also, get over the farkin' weed thing. Anyone who complains about the dangers of weed better be straight as an arrow. Going out to the bar and drinking the equivalent of a half a fifth is just as bad if not worse for you. I have a friend with a scared liver from drinking to much in college. I also have friends that have smoke weed everday for years..and avoided cigarettes. Who do you think does to the doctor more.
 
2001-11-29 09:58:30 AM
Henchman
"Yeah, but you still haven't explained away the moose."

I wouldn't want to do that. I like 'em!

Big Pussy
""medical marijuana" Yea that's a joke, go ahead and read the long term effects, I am sure that no doctor in his right mind would recommend"

Most people who legaly use marijuana medicaly, don't expect much of a "long term".
 
2001-11-29 09:59:49 AM
State law superscedes federal law in cases like medical marijuana. 10th ammendment precluedes any of Ashcroft's moves unless his moves are givine legality by the constitution. The courts are starting to see this. Soon we will take our government back.

Power to the People!
Freedom for all!

But i think old George Washington said it best
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquance, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful maser. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

>steps off soapbox<
 
2001-11-29 10:01:14 AM
oh and Big Pussy

The long term effect of life is death. Should we ban life?
;)
 
2001-11-29 10:03:47 AM
This guy didn't hava a weapons cache. His basement wasn't booby trapped. That picture looks all bad. Ohhh so he has an old bomb casing and a few bolt action rifles. Big deal.
They say he has "Military style" weapons. All they found were semi-auto rifles and a few dummy hand gernades and rocket launchers. NONE OF THIS IS ILLEGAL, except maybe a few of the Semi-Auto rifles under the brady bill. Which expires in 2 years anyway.
Get past the sensationalism and look at the facts. This man did nothing wrong.
 
2001-11-29 10:06:39 AM
He did nothing wrong weapons-wise maybe, but he sure as hell needs to be held responsible for the assualts.
 
2001-11-29 10:09:45 AM
Police Officer: So what is this, a disarmed bomb?
Gun Dude: Yeah man, you put your weed in it.
 
43%
2001-11-29 10:29:51 AM
People with arsenals NEED to be as mellow as possible. He should be required by law to smoke pot. Lots of it. Even out his mood.
 
2001-11-29 10:40:48 AM
In terms of the weaponry, he did nothing wrong. However, he was in posession of a signifigant amount of an illegal drug (and medical marijuana laws only allow the "medicated" people to posses about an ounce at a time, and I don't think this guy was sick anyway). And as mentioned before, he's a wife beater. He deserves whatever he gets.

Squinth - I'd have to agree about Washington and Aroostook counties. There's some weird ideas up there.
 
2001-11-29 10:47:21 AM
As mentioned above, what the hell were the cops doing in his basement? How the fuk did they find a hidden room, and what right did they have to go in there? Unless the girl told them it was there and that her stuff was in there (which it wasn't), they had no right to go there. I agree that he should get it for the assault charges, but the cops fukked up any chance they would have had (had he not been licensed) to prosecute him for the weapons. I hate when shiat like this happens. If they had found AK-47s, tactical nukes, and dead bodies in that room, it may have all gotten thrown out in court since they had no reason to be in there. I'll go read the article again, but I think the cops fukked up, and it bothers me to think what could have come from it. As for the weed, whatever, the man wants to grow it, fine. He wants to share some with his friends, fine. As far as marijuana goes, I feel that it isn't worth harassing every goddamn pothead in the world when there are more pressing issues. If the guy/gal isn't being a problem (ie- distributing), or isn't being stupid about it (ie- flaunting) then leave them alone. This world has bigger problems to attend to, like cops that who potentially endanger entire cities by making illegal searches.
 
2001-11-29 10:48:39 AM
El_Hefe, he was licensed to have it, the weapons were all fully legal. Hell, even I can get a license for fully auto weapons, its not hard, you just need the approval of some of your local sherrif or judge (iirc). And one of the guys here that can approve, does, for anyone without a record.

We probably aren't getting the whole story, there must have been a reason they were searching his house, particularly for hidden rooms. Methinks they got a tip about the weed from his wifey and found an excuse to go poking about.
 
2001-11-29 10:58:13 AM
stands up and applauds MadCharlie and Squinth

BigPussy, you sound just like that, what the fark do you know about the long term effects? IF the guy smokes one or two j's a day of his own cultivated herb, that's no where near as bad as even having a couple of carcinogen-laced death sticks and a couple dozen drinks every weekend night. Puhlease.

This guy wasn't growing for medical purposes .. but if he was, it's a legitimate medication. How would you like to be continually nauseous from chemotherapy? Oh yeah, he should worry about his lungs instead ... get real.

Only reason this guy should get a beat down is if he is/was a wife-beater. NO EXCUSE for that.
 
2001-11-29 10:59:02 AM
So...anybody seen his dog?
 
2001-11-29 11:01:00 AM
"go ahead and read the long term effects"

Right. Whatever. I've smoked it every day for more than 25 years. Seizures I used to suffer from have completely disappeared and I'm not going through any more of them because some people think pot is an addictive dangerous drug. All this garbage about brain damage, lack of willpower and the like is just that. ...and this comes from people who not only hold a drink in their hand at the same time but have never tried it because it's 'evil'. Since there's little or no legitimate research on it, how can anyone simply claim it's dangerous and addictive?

Sorry, don't mean to change the subject, but I live as a successful professional in great health and it's insulting to hear the same old reefer madness crap.
 
2001-11-29 11:09:18 AM
This is the kind of media abuse that makes me sick. There is an actual story in there somewhere, beneath all the anti-gun crap. Here is a man that abuses his wife with stun guns and a flashlight as well as cultivating an illegal drug (weather you agree it should be or not, it is currently). Yet the main gist of this article is some weapons that, as an FFL Firearm Reseller, he had every right to have in his possession.

The story isn't about the illegal activities of the man in question, nor is it about the unconstitutional search of the mans house by some psycho cops looking for another Ruby Ridge, its about some legal firearms and some old disabled military collectables.

Pathetic, yellow journalism at it's worst.
 
2001-11-29 11:14:11 AM
Andrews said Bloomquist is a federally licensed firearms dealers and works as an investigator for lawyers. Most of the weapons were inoperable and were used as display models, Andrews said.

This is a typical bullshiate slanted story. Of course to be legal this was buried in the body of the story. What was illegal about any of this stuff anyway. Not shiate I would own but that is beside the point.

What does this have to do with a protection order? A PO is not necessarily issued after a conviction for assault. Hell some location in backwoods areas automatically grant them to keep big bad men from the poor innocent women during divorce proceedings.

When is a search warrant automatically issued for a PO? Sounds like the wife, who probably also smoked the dope, told the cops about the weapons and the SWAT team wanted some more toys to play with for free since most people, even if not conviced cannot come up with the bond to get their assets back. The police then get the pic of the weapons, and the cash seizures get shared.

To bad they had already been demilitarized.
 
2001-11-29 11:27:21 AM
sounds as tho the big pus needs to kick back and burn one.

ease up........the stress is gonna get you
 
2001-11-29 11:28:18 AM
I agree that laws against pot are pretty lame - I mean, it's certainly not any more dangerous than alcohol, and it's a fark of a lot safer than cigarettes, but the fact remains that it is illegal. Period. End of story. If the police come in the house and find pot growing anywhere, they have probable cause to search the rest of the house. It was only the processed weed that was in the hidden room. The whole thing is pretty flimsy, but I doubt that any technicalities of the law were broken.
 
2001-11-29 11:31:47 AM
Thanks Oberon.

Finkboy that's a good point about probable cause after seeing the plants.

I'm sure the weapons charges will be thrown out.
 
2001-11-29 11:49:42 AM
Where's the ACLU when you need them. If I had legal firearms in my house (which I do) and the police seized them anyway, I don't think I would be worrying about coming up with a bond to get them back. I would be worried about finding myself a good civil rights lawyer to get half the counties money for me. My father has an extensive gun collection and enjoys shooting at local gun ranges. He also reloads his own ammunition to save on the expenses. So, if the police search his house illegally, they would find approximately 50 long guns and about a dozen or so hand guns. They'd also find easily in excess of 20,000 rounds of ammunition (about 15,000 of that would be .22 calibre). In addition if they searched his loading area they would find a number of pounds of gunpowder. The point is, everything he owns is legal and should not be confiscated if he hasn't been charged in a felony. Hell, they shouldn't confiscated until he has been convicted of a felony. Even then it should only happen if the felony was a violent crime that involved guns.

I agree that if guilty this dick should do time for beating his wife but leave the guns out of it when they are legally owned, unless of course, he beat her or threatened her with the guns.
 
2001-11-29 11:57:06 AM
The wife had a legal right to enter the home, and invite investigators in.
This allows the weed which otherwise would be thrown out as any evidence of wrongdoing, illegal search and seizure.
They will not need to prosecute the man because of firearms and won't, but many states will not allow a person convicted under any spousel abuse statute to own guns.
Of course, if this is felony assault, that point is moot.

Since this is Maine, maybe they can feed him to a moose.
 
2001-11-29 12:19:33 PM
As a Mainer, I must chime in. This happened pretty close to my town. Everyone has hidden caches of weapons in their homes now. What really makes me disillusioned is this:

Andrews said Bloomquist is a federally licensed firearms dealers and works as an investigator for lawyers. Most of the weapons were inoperable and were used as display models, Andrews said. (Emphasis added by me)

I'm miffed, because every time I've heard this story so far (Maine Public Radio, local news, etc) they all farking omitted the FFL part..and the "inoperable" weapons part...

Dang I hate it when reporters latch on to something and just holler and holler their saucy anti-gun news flash (like saying the total # of "guns" even when most where display items).

Maine really is safe. Remember: Guns don't kill people, People kill people.

P.S. Of course, since he's growing pot, too...I think he's an ass and should lose his FFL and all other gun rights.
 
2001-11-29 12:23:45 PM
What really amazes me (not really) that in all of the replies here, there is a glaring omission of any "dumb ass redneck idiot-isms". Because this happened in Maine, everyone seems to be debating about the legality of the situation, in a defensive tone.

What would all of the posts be saying if this happened in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, etc.?
 
2001-11-29 12:27:03 PM
Goddamn gun crazy redneck idiot! WFT was he thinking?



-feel better Batcar01?
 
2001-11-29 12:27:48 PM
Captain dyslexia strikes again! That should be WTF.
 
2001-11-29 12:30:09 PM
If it happened in Mississippi, the legalities would be the same but, he would still be a redneck.

As an alleged spousel abuser, he is of course a fvckhead.
 
2001-11-29 12:30:49 PM
Batcar01

Well in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, etc. it would not have been news because we all know that all them dumbass rednecks have hidden arsenals in their homes.
 
2001-11-29 12:35:51 PM
Sheesh. Is that ALL he had? What a wuss.

The weapons were all legal and he has a license for the restricted ones. What is the legal reasoning for seizing the weapons? The guy may be charged with assualt and possession of a controlled substance but he has yet to be convicted so he can still legally possess the weapons. IF convicted, then yes, he should and will lose his FFL but not until then.
 
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