A man in South Carolina was pulled over and arrested when police discovered that his license plate was bogus. Reuters reports that while searching his truck, police found 200 prescription painkillers along with a stockpile of weapons that led them to believe the man was trafficking in stolen guns.
Reuters reports that Brent Nicholson had 20 rifles and nine handguns in his truck, some with the serial numbers removed. The discovery led to an investigation by the ATF and a search of Nicholson’s home that turned up an arsenal of guns. After nearly six weeks of cataloging, the final tally reached the 5000 mark:
5,000 guns. His friends and neighbors call him a good man who loves guns, but they can’t imagine that he’s any kind of criminal. That hardly qualifies Nicholson as a “good guy” with enough weapons to arm a battalion, as it appears the bulk of the weapons are stolen. Law enforcement has accused the man of trafficking in guns, which friends say is unlikely. In the very least, he has created a black market in his community where criminals and drug addicts can make a quick buck selling stolen guns without the fear of having to show ID to a pawn shop or gun shop owner.
South Carolina has some of the easiest gun laws on the books of any state in the union. An estimated 40 percent of guns that change hands do so without any kind of background check. Conservatives love to talk about gun control only affecting “law-abiding citizens” as their reason for opposing it. Lax gun control measures across the south make it easy for people to traffic in stolen weapons that often end up in northern cities like New York, Detroit and Chicago.
Brent Nicholson may just be the best argument for gun control this country has seen in a long time. Mass shootings don’t seem to phase us anymore; maybe the thought of this guy having the ability to arm his own militia might help:
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