Monday, May 20, 2013

Oh, way to go Colorado

(Via The Shooting Wire)

Just way to effing go.

Daniele Perazzi, president of the Italian Perazzi Shotguns firm, was taken into custody yesterday by Adams County Deputies along with several prototype shotguns. The executive was picked up in the parking lot of the Denver Merchandise Mart, hosting the high-end Colorado Gun Collectors show this weekend, after a taxi driver, likely reacting to a suspicious activity reporting outreach program conducted by law enforcement, told authorities he thought he could be transporting an armed “foreign speaking” terror suspect.

Fortunately, one of Mr. Perazzi's attorneys was able to persuade the police that "the owner of one of the most expensive shotgun companies in the world was not a terrorist."

O. M. G.  But wait, because it gets better.

That attorney essentially confirmed the account provided by Schreiner, albeit she characterized the authorities’ position on Perazzi leaving the state more as advice than an ultimatum by the sheriff to get out of town by sundown -- something that would have no readily apparent legal basis.

Word has it that Mr. Perazzi and his attorneys will be filing legal action.  Someone pass me the popcorn, because this will be worth watching.

(Edit, 5/21/2013 2115:  The Gun Rights Examiner may have been the victim of a rather elaborate hoax.  According to an update to the original story, Perazzi SPA has issued a press release noting that Daniele Perazzi has been deceased for over a year, something that I have Googled and found on a popular shotgunning web site.  Obviously the Examiner and those of us who picked the story up from there have some egg on our face.  The author and motive behind this hoax is unknown, but the update to the original story has some speculation.  Someone went to a lot of trouble for this.  But thanks for the popcorn; it was most tasty.)

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