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Pair arrested at RDU with gun silencers

Posted November 19, 2008

— Two men have been charged with carrying gun silencers in their luggage on an international flight, authorities said.

George Hope and Garry Latcham, two United Kingdom residents, flew to the Triangle last week aboard American Airlines' flight from London to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. They reported one of their bags as missing, according to an affidavit filed by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

When airline workers located the bag, a customs agent examined it and found two silencers inside, the affidavit said.

Silencers are strictly regulated in the U.S.

Hope and Latcham were arrested Friday when they returned to RDU to pick up the bag. They told investigators they had bought the silencers in England and planned to give them to a friend in Roxboro whom they were visiting, according to the affidavit.

The Roxboro man, Peter Slivinski, refused to speak with customs agents, according to the affidavit.


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  • PeaceOut2017 Nov 19, 2008

    They're actually legal and easy to get in NC, form a trust, fill out the proper forms along with $200 tax to the BATFE, wait for the tax stamp, and pick up from your local Class III dealer

  • Tom Morrow Nov 19, 2008

    "A silencer without a gun would be harmless."

    They only lost ONE of their TWO bags; the guns were in the other bag ;-)

  • ObiRon Nov 19, 2008

    "In today's news: Three people were viciously attacked by a silencer-wielding thug. Investigating officers discovered that no firearms were used in the attack..."

  • iron fist Nov 19, 2008

    A silencer without a gun would be harmless.

  • Caring Nov 19, 2008

    Good Job RDU Security!!!

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Nov 19, 2008

    I haven't HEARD that!

  • Justin T. Nov 19, 2008

    A former coworker explained the finer points of obtaining a "suppressor" to me once. Apparently you can get one as an average Joe but there are several hoops to jump through.

    I am certain that I could get one if I could figure out what the heck I would do with one.

    (Game animals, from my experience, don't know you aren't using a silencer until a few milliseconds too late.)

    I don't want to give any information to help anyone get one... so I guess you'll have to take my word for it... but my coworker was a psycho and he was able to get a few legally for his various firearms.

    All I'm saying is that the reference in the article to tight regulations doesn't mean "government only". If anything, I hope they tighten the regulations even more.

  • runny29840 Nov 19, 2008

    "Silencers are strictly _regulated_ in the U.S." by the National Firearms Act and some States laws.

    Taxed ($200), requires your Sheriff to sign off, in some States Illegal to buy or own.

  • runny29840 Nov 19, 2008

    The correct term is suppressor. They don't actually silence the firearm, there is still plenty of noise from the supersonic crack of the bullet. Even with subsonic ammo there is still a lot of noise, just not at hearing damaging levels.

    There are legitimate uses for them. Haven't you ever seen a news story about complaints of noise from firing ranges?

    I wonder what the laws are in England regarding supressors? With their restrictive firearms laws, I thought they would be illegal there.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Nov 19, 2008

    "Silencers are strictly _regulated_ in the U.S."

    Interesting choice of words... In other words, only the government can have them?? And just why would the government need them??

    Or am I just reading more into that line than I should?