Federal agents this week searched the Florida home of a 'doomsday prepper' they alleged had stockpiled over 50 high-powered assault rifles and several explosive devices buried around his property as 'booby traps'.
However the warrant showed up little more than barrels of food.
Martin Winters, a father-of-three from Valrico, surrendered to police on Wednesday following a widespread two-day hunt.
Winters had been under government surveillance since October, after he was indicted on four counts of building destructive devices.
Winters also said he had at least 40 men that were willing to participate in his 'last stand', officials said.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
a reply to: WCmutant
Odd that he did soo much illegal crap to prep for his Last stand and didn't make one.
I am really a novice firearm enthusiast, so I will be the first to admit that my limited knowledge is based on my own personal guns and situation. That being said, aren't tax stamps only for fully auto guns or imported guns?
originally posted by: Parthin
I'm so glad this guy turned himself; he hasn't really done anything. It's not uncommon to believe the "end times" are now, although I do not share this belief. Being a "prepper" is not a crime! Making explosives and deploying booby-traps is illegal, however, the raid didn't find any evidence of that. This just goes to show how running your mouth can cause our intrusive government to take an interest in someone. It's funny, because I started talking to guy whom I didn't know, who matter-of-factly explained that he had a dozen assault rifles and a stockpile of ammunition. Why? Who knows. But there have been no cases of any "preppers" being a danger to anyone.
originally posted by: sputniksteve
a reply to: GoOfYFoOt
I am really a novice firearm enthusiast, so I will be the first to admit that my limited knowledge is based on my own personal guns and situation. That being said, aren't tax stamps only for fully auto guns or imported guns? Not that this is some argument for why this was unjust or anything, I am just curious about this statement in particular and would love if you can clarify for me for my own knowledge.
Here is a short story for you that still boils my blood. 6 years ago I was arrested in KS for misdemeanor marijuana and paraphanelia possession. It landed me in jail, for a gram of grass. In any case in my home state I recieved my purchase permit for hand guns, bought and registered my handgun with the city police department. A year later I went back to purchase and register another hand gun. I was told that I can never,ever, EVER register a handgun in that county for as long as I live due to that misdemeanor, and that they incorrectly registered my original handgun and was forced to relinquish it or sell it immediately for threat of arrest.
First off, that is so ridiculous I can't even put it into words. I can buy "Assault rifles" and shotguns all day long, but nope on a hand gun. Second; How can the city police be so incompetent to register a handgun for someone that supposedly wasn't supposed to have one in the first place? Now I have to pay the penalty for their incompetence.
Luckily I moved about 15 miles west to a new county, where I don't have to register any firearms what so ever and can open carry without being held at gunpoint. Words can't describe my fury. I won in the end though. Dick heads.
originally posted by: yuppa
a reply to: PhoenixOD
No its crazy that people who are using something that is naturally growing and being put in jail for it. Its just another case of government wanting their cut and then when they dont get it they toss you in jail.
Also I loved the way you called him a criminal. WHen in reality its the government that are the true criminals. You were trolling on him and should be ashamed for such a cheap shot.
Sputnik you need to get your record expunged. Its a bit of a pain but since it was a misdemeanor it should be no issue.
Then no one can call you a convicted criminal again and if they do you can sue for slander.