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Gilbert Arenas -- More Trouble Over Guns

4/29/2010 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Arenas -- the Washington Wizards basketball player who pled guilty to felony gun charges in January -- has more gun problems ... TMZ has learned.

We've obtained a lawsuit filed against Arenas by Tactical Operations -- a company that sells high-end guns. 

According to the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Arenas bought five custom Beretta pistols with five silencers in February of 2006.  Arenas paid for the guns, BUT....

Tactical Operations claims Arenas never took possession of the weapons -- and owes the company over $70,000 in storage fees and interest.

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46.

gimmeabreak    

Tac Ops almost certainly sold him the suppressors with the understanding that he wasn't licensed to take possession of them and they would need to store them until he was approved, which might be never. what was supposed to happen if he couldn't take possession of them? Now they want to be compensated $1400+/mo for storage and interest? Seems a bit much if you ask me. I'd love to know what their storage fee is and how much interest they charge. One or both of those figures must be jaw dropping to total $70K+.

1448 days ago
47.

gimmeabreak    

Gemini Industries, a US manufacturer of suppressors, has the following information on their website. http://www.gem-tech.com/legal.html



To the best of our knowledge, silencers are legal for private ownership in the following states: AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MO (with C&R), MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY. Additionally, they maybe owned by Class 3 dealers and Class 2 manufacturers (but not individuals) in: CA, IA, MA, and MI. Territorial law prohibits possession in the Territories and Possessions of the United States. There are no known restrictions on governmental ownership. If your state is not listed, check with your local office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms or your state's Attorney General. If they are not legal in your state of residence, we cannot sell to you. Please do not ask us to violate state or federal law.



As with any firearm, an individual owner must take possession through a licensed dealer in his state of residence. In the case of Title 2 weapons (silencers, machine guns, etc.), the dealer must be what is known as a class 3 dealer, meaning that he has paid an annual special occupational tax in conjunction with his firearms license to permit him to deal in Title 2 weapons without paying the individual $200 transfer tax on each weapon.



The $200 transfer tax is assessed each time a Title 2 weapon changes hands. The exceptions are to (or from) a governmental agency or a class 3 dealer.



Each time a Title 2 weapon changes hands, the transfer must be approved in advance by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. It normally takes 4-5 weeks for BATF to approve the transfer between dealers or to law enforcement agencies, and the transfer to individuals requires 3-4 months.



The procedure for obtaining one of our suppressors is to order the unit through your dealer. We can help you find a class 3 dealer in your home state if you are unable to find one. We suggest that you first check our dealer page. With the exception of government or law enforcement agencies, we cannot do individual sales of silencers. Your dealer may require prepayment. We then transfer the weapon to your class 3 dealer. Your dealer will then assist you in completing the necessary paperwork to transfer the weapon to you. This will include your submitting fingerprints and two passport size photos on your application. In addition, your local chief law enforcement officer (sheriff or chief of police) will need to sign the application. Along with your $200 transfer tax, the application is sent to BATF. When the application is approved (and not before), your dealer turns over possession to you.




If you are eligible to own any conventional firearm, you are also eligible to own a Title 2 weapon provided that there are no state laws prohibiting such ownership. This means basically that you must be free of all felony convictions and be over 21 years of age.

1448 days ago
48.

suppressors    

@50
I own 4 suppressors and I assure you that they are completely legal to purchase as long as your state allows them. Perhaps you should do a little reading on gun laws before you open your mouth on something you obviously have no clue about. Here's an idea, why don't you call the ATF's NFA branch in Georgia at (304) 616-4500 and ask them if it's legal for a civilian to own a suppressor. They are very nice people and will point you in the right direction if you want to own one or a pre-86 fully-automatic weapon.



I am also not some ninja assassin like so many people seem to think. The sound of the bullet and action is a lot more than most people imagine and many have been less than impressed since they expected it to sound like hollywood. In case you haven't noticed hollywood does a rather poor job of imitating real life. Not only do they lower noise so you don't need hearing protection but they also reduce recoil so it's an all around win.

1447 days ago
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suppressors    

My mistake gimmeabreak, wrong post number reference.

1447 days ago
50.

Doug    

Wow, there are sooo many uneducated, paranoid gun haters out there. You all make me sick. There are currently only about 10 states (this number changes almost yearly) that have suppressors (is the proper term) regulated to the point that civilians can't own or use them. Yes there is a difference. Some states allow hunting with them, some don't Some states allow you to own them, but not use them (silly I know). Some states allow dealers to sell them, but not civilians to buy them. Each state is different, but what it comes down to, is serious federal "**** you in the ass PRISON" if you take possession of one that is not federally registered with the BATFE.
As for you dip****s that think Hollywood is an accurate representation of the real world. Get a clue.
A HUGE number of other countries REQUIRE you to have a suppressor in order to use your gun within a certain distance from a populated area. Suppressors don't silence anything, they simply make it more comfortable to shoot without the NEED for hearing protection.
The "need" for a suppressor has nothing to do with wanting, having or owning.
Gun does not equal Ghetto, and suppressor does not equal Hitman. Grow up and get a life.

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