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Gilbert Arenas Fires Back at Gun Dealer's Claims

9/22/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Washington Wizard and ex-con Gilbert Arenas is asking a judge to discharge a gun dealer's lawsuit against him -- arguing it's a bum suit because it involves the sale of illegal firearms.  

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Back in April, California gun dealer Tactical Operations sued Arenas -- claiming the gun-wielding baller bought five custom Beretta pistols and five silencers, but never picked 'em up and racked up a $70,000 tab in storage fees. 

Now, Arenas has moved to dismiss the dealer's claims because the alleged agreement involved the sale of "'silencers' to a civilian," which violates both California and federal law. 

In the docs, Arenas' lawyer claims, "It is a felony for any person ... to possess any silencer for firearms" and it was therefore "illegal for [Tactical Operations] to sell any silencer to Arenas."

The case is set for trial in January.

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Bailenforcer    

It it is legal to sell and own a supressor in many states with the proper NFA Tax stamp. And it is called a supressor not a silencer. I was a dealer for two decades. No dealer would risk an illegal sale to a moron like Gilbert Arenas. Nice try Gilbert, you are irresponsible and you are trying to throw people under a bus so you can cheat someone out of their money because you think you are a star and can get away with it. S*** like you is this country is falling apart, you are a parasite on the butt cheek of humanity. Instead of being a whiner and cry baby why don't you be a man and settle the debts you caused. When will society finally get fed up with these sports idiots who abuse the gift of the attention people pay them? We need higher standards in our society and kids looking up to someone like Gilbert is a bad thing.

1306 days ago
17.

Anthony    

It's not a felony if your licensed to possess and use silencers. There are rules on how and when they can be in use, but there's nothing illegal about it. Here's my question, why would he want five semi automatic handguns and a five silencers to match? Seems to me that someone was planning something, and I'd bet the plan is still on. They just realized buying the guns and silencers legally from a dealer wasn't a good idea.

1306 days ago
18.

Jamie    

Its not illegal for a silencer. You have to pay for a Class 3 Stamp. Lawyer did not do his homework.

1306 days ago
19.

Douchebag_of_the_year    

I think that Arena's missed a key and crucial component to this 'fire-back'.

Suppressors are only illegal when attached to the thread of the gun. If not attached, the suppressor its self is legal. If 'Tactical Operations' were to sell him the two - without them on the same receipt, then it would be 100% legal.

However, he would have to Register with the ATF to get his tax stamp and pay $200. And if you wanted to take that Suppressor out of state, you would have to again, pay a $200 tax to the ATF.

1306 days ago
20.

tg    

Hey Richard Pierce - I was ALMOST wondering the same thing. Only I was wondering why are all these Ghetto GOP teaparty trash crawling out of their holes, now, and cluttering up the country. I definitely see your point - I just have some different "W" Trash in mind. The only people who deserve to have this country are the Indians. Otherwise - it's being cluttered by a LOT of TRASH.

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