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The rifle held by a University of Washington senior when he was fatally shot by Seattle police Thursday is the same weapon taken from him by officers in late 2006, according to Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske. On Friday, in the wake of the New Year's Day shooting of Miles Allen Murphy, police defended their actions, and witnesses described what they heard and saw before the 22-year-old man lost his life. At a news conference, Kerlikowske said the Mauser Kar 98K rifle that Murphy "pointed at officers" had been confiscated from him in November 2006 "for safekeeping." Neither police nor Murphy's parents would provide details about what prompted police to seize the weapon in 2006. Police said, however, that Murphy's father made repeated requests for return of the rifle and, ultimately, they gave it to him less than three months later. Michael Murphy, of Maple Valley, said Friday that he'd given the rifle back to his son for military "re-enactments" because it was his son's property and his son was an adult.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Lots of people fire blanks into the air on New Years. Though if I were the kind of guy who was into collecting guns and firing celebratory blanks I wouldnt be living in a city. City people arent exactly bright or calm and their tendency to ignorant overreaction would terrify me.
The kid was definitely being a dumbass if he didnt immediately drop the rifle.
But he might have been expecting some other re-enactor friends and thought the cops were them.
Either way, just another example of how if your interests or hobbies are anything other than self-medicating and watching "shows" you should stay far, far away from urban areas.
Originally posted by Raustin
reply to post by Iamonlyhuman
You don't have to support a complete nutballs rights to own a gun to be pro gun. I don't want murderers running around with guns either. I agree the father should have used better judgment though.