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Feds: T.I. Tried to Buy Machine Guns, Silencers

10/13/2007 10:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) arrested rapper T.I. in Atlanta today on multiple weapons charges, after they say he had a bodyguard try to buy machine guns and silencers for him.

According to the Feds, T.I,, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was busted after they learned one of his bodyguards was allegedly trying to purchase machine guns for the musician. Authorities say the bodyguard admitted to purchasing about nine firearms for T.I. in the past and about 17 firearms for other people in the musician's posse on previous occasions. The bodyguard claims the rapper gave him cash to purchase the guns, because T.I., as a convicted felon, was not able to legally buy firearms. The bodyguard was arrested last week trying to buy several guns. After his arrest, the bodyguard agreed to cooperate with authorities -- that cooperation led to today's arrest.

Click here to read the complete statement from the Department of Justice.

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76.

The South    

#81....he will do minimal time at worst.....I know one thing HE WILL NOT SNITCH, unlike some of you cowards.....and if he does go to jail that only enhances his street cred and earning power...you think he doesn't have a couple of albums worth of material saved up....can you say #1 on the Billboard charts???? Besides he will most likely get bail giving him even more time to make some hits

2536 days ago
77.

LAME    

Entertaining us in the news!

2536 days ago
78.

LAME    

Muwahhhaaahaaa you are ignorant!

And you know who i'm talking about!

2536 days ago
79.

Bonita    

he's still sexy :)

2536 days ago
80.

jackschitt    

I'm sure his lawyers will pull the 'race card' or the 'My client had no knowledge of his bodyguards' purchases, and he must have put those guns in my clients closet and car. My client is innocent'-nonsense!! Put him in prison with O.J. & Vick and let the fight over who gets to be on top!

2536 days ago
81.

Blog These    

so many haters in the world......there will NEVER be peace//our kids kids are doomed

2536 days ago
82.

LAME    

It's all on tape - no defense to be had!

LMAO

2536 days ago
83.

NCC 800    

As a felon T.I. is not even supposed to even be in the same building as a firearm let alone posses one. Since felony convictions are for life he will *never* be allowed to legally own a firearm. The only way a non military person can legally own an automatic weapon is to have a federal permit allowing you to own one. To get said permit you must not have anything more than minor traffic offenses on your record and you must prove, to the Feds, that you know how to handle and store such weapons.

2536 days ago
84.

The South    

It was entrapment you dumb b*tch

2536 days ago
85.

terry    

damn # 15 you are as stupid as he was, they have it on tape you dumb a--, that is more than word of mouth, that is what they call from the horses mouth

2536 days ago
86.

LAME    

Oh well, one less thug on the streets of Atlanta.

2536 days ago
87.

armon    

DON'T DROP THE SOAP

2536 days ago
88.

LAME    

Fulton Co. has a black Cheif of police and a black Mayor - hmmmm.

2536 days ago
89.

hahah    

Black People like to be looked at like thugs who dont care...of course not all of them, but most young black people do. So what he bought some machine guns, he should be locked up for putting out that garbage music...Seeing this article makes me want to ge a machine..Im dead serious...Im gonna look at how to legally own one..haha..see how the media promotes this...I never even thought of owning a machine gun, but now they seem kinda fun...Love 2pac hate all other rap.

2536 days ago
90.

The South    

It was the FBI and ATF Snow Ho....dumb b*tch

2536 days ago
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