Canadian Teen Tries Full Auto

One of the favorite red herrings that anti-gun groups like to toss around is that anyone can buy any gun on the Internet. It’s just not so. A November 24th story in the Vancouver Sun chronicles how a 19-year-old attempted to purchase three fully automatic weapons over the Internet. At least this story got the attempted part right. The teenager did, in fact, get in touch with a US firearms dealer and tried to purchase a Heckler & Koch MP5K machinegun with silencer, a Glock 18C with a 33-round magazine and a Beretta 93R machine pistol. However, the US dealer did what he was supposed to do: he contacted the BATFE who began working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the attempted purchase. The teen, Octavian Emilian Olaru, was arrested as he waited for his package to arrive. Police say that Olaru was not previously known to them and they don’t think these guns were related to a spate of recent gang activity in Vacouver. Right…  Why hasn’t anyone asked how the kid came up with the many thousands of bucks needed for this purchase in the first place? Follow the money…


2 Responses to “Canadian Teen Tries Full Auto”

  1. 1 Annoynamous
    January 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I went to school with this kid, and he was COMPLETELY normal. He was not into drugs or gang related anything. Here its easily possible to make that much money at that age, I at the same age get 1,000 paychecks every two weeks so I dont see how he could not.
    Speculating what he could have wanted this guns for is anyones guess, but from my judgement of character, having many classes with him, and taking ot him daily as more than a common acquaintance leads me to be first hand experience to knowing it wouldn’t be gang related.
    Why he would get these items blows my mind like any other, and kind of scares me as he was not the most popular kid. On the other hand, he was never made fun of and aside from not knowing his personal life, I can’t understand why he would want these weapons.

  2. January 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Psst.. You spelled anonymous incorrectly, the article didn’t state how much the asking price for the weapons were (a trasferable MP5K clone would be approaching $20,000US, though) although I still don’t think he could have afforded it, and your IP is showing…

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