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Police offer money for tips on illegal guns

Posted December 18, 2009

— The Raleigh Police Department and Crime Stoppers launched a program Friday to curb gun crimes.

The Raleigh Gun Crime Stoppers program will pay people up to $200 for anonymous tips that lead to an arrest and the confiscation of illegal weapons.

People can call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP (4357) to report someone who possesses a firearm illegally.


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  • Hip-Shot Dec 18, 2009

    I was reading the regulations regarding firearms possession in North Carolina and that was one of the things they stated. The laws were interpreted as requiring a permit to take possession on a family member to family member transfer. A CCW permit would negate that requirement however not everyone has them.

    I believe anything but a spotless record would prohibit someone from a CCW, such as a DWI even if it was 15 years ago.

  • Common Sense Man Dec 18, 2009

    These comments are comical. Does anyone here know how the real world actually works?

  • Common Sense Man Dec 18, 2009

    "With the new law that expands warrantless searches by probation officers, the tip line could be a useful tool in making convicted felons or newly released criminals aren't getting their hands on weapons."

    The new law gives police officers the authority to search probationers. Probation officers have been doing searches for a long time.

  • Common Sense Man Dec 18, 2009

    "I am like you. This is a lot scary. Just the start on what may be coming."

    Scary how? I offer my informants money for any illegal gun seizures. It's nothing new. If you're a law abiding citizen you have nothing to worry about.

  • Common Sense Man Dec 18, 2009

    "Hopefully they will still need a judge to sign a search warrant and the judge will have to interview the "tipster" to see how they really know someone has an "illegal" weapon."

    You don't know the law eh?

  • dfdrodney Dec 18, 2009

    I don't think so Hip shot. how would one make the determination that the acquired handgun was acquired after such law was changed? Furthermore the gun is still legal on 2 counties in nc require registration (Durham,Mecklinburg). and with a concealed carry license, no permit is needed to purchase handgun from anyone. So your reasoning is mistaken. So I can lawfully keep my handme down handguns as long as I have no felony convictions.

  • Hip-Shot Dec 18, 2009

    An illegal weapon could even be a handgun that was given to you by a family member such as your father before their death. The way the laws have been construed in recent years, it requires a permit from the sheriff's department to take possession of such a weapon. Inter-family hand-me-downs used to be legal without such documentation.

    Also, until about 10 years ago a handgun could be privately transferred from individual to individual with a legitimate bill-of-sale. Now it legally requires the same said permit and if one is transferred without the permit it could be seen as illegal.

  • noreplytome2 Dec 18, 2009

    Ahhh yes, socialism. Will never take root when planted quickly on American soil. Yet will run rampant and choke itself to death when planted slowly under the guise of "safety".

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 18, 2009

    Why not just reclassify the illegal guns as "undocumented"....That is sure to keep ALL law enforcement away from them. (It works for people, anyhow)

  • rargos Dec 18, 2009

    I would support this program if they actually jailed criminals for possessing firearms.

    Criminals with rap sheets containing "possession of a firearm by a felon" or "carrying a concealed weapon" are still out roaming the streets after being convicted of these "gun crimes".

    Eve Carson's killers were ON PAROLE when they were charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, but were STILL released and went on to murder two people (with guns, no less).

    I guess it's easier (and feels just as good) to melt down a gun than lock up a violent felon before they ruin even more peoples' lives.