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Hundreds of gun accessories seized from Cary home

Posted March 27, 2013
Updated March 28, 2013

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— Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized hundreds of counterfeit gun parts from a Cary home this month that they believe were being illegally bought and sold by the homeowner, according to a search warrant made public Tuesday.

The March 13 search of 1025 Daybreak Bluff Drive resulted in authorities seizing nearly 1,600 counterfeit accessories for both military- and non-military-style assault rifles.

According to an affidavit to obtain the search warrant, investigators were led to the home after Homeland Security agents inspecting packages at a DHL hub warehouse in Morrisville found three suspicious packages addressed to someone at the address named Guotao Tan.

The packages contained a number of sight devices for AR15s that were later determined to be counterfeit, the search warrant affidavit stated.

Vinny Picard, a spokesman with the Department of Homeland Security's regional office in Atlanta, said Wednesday that an investigation is under way and that no arrests have been made in the case. He declined further comment.

No one answered the door at the home Wednesday.

Neighbors said they have seen suspicious activity at the home over the past few months, including cars and trucks loading and unloading boxes.

"I've seen what they've seized out of her house," one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "I talked to the special agent yesterday, and this is my question: Why is this person not detained?"

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  • Mungo Apr 2, 2:03 p.m.

    Outrageous. Why did they go through the boxes? Why would they examine them to determine if they are authentic or not? They intercepted mail and violated this person's rights.

    Granted, he may be guilty of counterfeiting parts, but the government still needs due process.

    I wonder when they'll be looking through your mail and packages...

  • 4Strikes Apr 2, 12:52 p.m.

    Is the Department of Homeland Security in charge of patent infringement now? How about rounding up a few illegals instead? Too dangerous??

  • hardycitrus Mar 28, 7:57 p.m.

    >>>Actually, a knockoff generally is illegal due to patent/copyright infringement. If you make your product so that appears indistinguishable from the original, you might be in violation. Just because your cheap decal says something other than Aimpoint or EOTech is irrelevant.

    Functional copy - patent infringement
    Appearance copy - copyright infringement
    Fake label - trademark infringement

  • hardycitrus Mar 28, 7:56 p.m.

    Any "counterfeit" is going to be Chinese.

    People here are OK with counterfeit Chinese gun parts? Really?

    Taking American jobs is something people want to defend?

    I bet some of this stuff good sold to law enforcement, and defrauding the gubmint is a bad move.

  • roadrider18 Mar 28, 6:24 p.m.

    Actually, a knockoff generally is illegal due to patent/copyright infringement. If you make your product so that appears indistinguishable from the original, you might be in violation. Just because your cheap decal says something other than Aimpoint or EOTech is irrelevant.

  • wa4mjf Mar 28, 4:42 p.m.

    One big fact you people are missing If this is really why the Department of Homeland Security raided this home it is not there job or purpose. So ask yourself when will they be coming to your home ?
    conservativepatriot

    It is Customs business. You may not know it, but DHS has all the ole Treasury revenue enforcement jobs except for IRS CID, which is still in Treasury and BATFE which is in Justice. All the rest of the revenuers, even the USCG and USSS are in DHS now.

  • conservativepatriot Mar 28, 4:28 p.m.

    One big fact you people are missing If this is really why the Department of Homeland Security raided this home it is not there job or purpose. So ask yourself when will they be coming to your home ?

  • Vietnam Vet Mar 28, 4:22 p.m.

    Since when is it illegal to have "gun parts" in your home?? And why is this news???

  • delta29alpha Mar 28, 3:35 p.m.

    I have seen a lot of Chinese knockoffs of EoTech, Aimpoint, and Trijicon, Sights. They look identical and even have the same model numbers but if you look close you can clearly see that they are marked made in China. A counterfeit would be if you took that same sight etched the name Trijicon on them and tried to sell them for $1200.00 instead of the $130.00 the Chinese sight usually sells for. These sights BTW will fit on any firearm that accepts optical sights not just an AR-15 but I guess mentioning the AR-15 makes the story scarier.

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 28, 2:39 p.m.

    "that's kind of what counterfeit is" - HBdirtbag


    Counterfeit is when they try to sell the knockoff as the original thing. A knockoff isn't necessarily illegal, though it could be a patent infringement in some cases.

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