If there’s one thing a gun rights advocate can agree with an anti-gunner on, it’s that people who steal guns should probably be hammered. We don’t like it at all, though for different reasons most likely. For someone like me, gun thieves are people stealing something that can be dangerous in the wrong hands and, by them stealing them, they are the wrong hands. For anti-gunners, it’s someone got a gun by not going through 53 background checks and saying, “Mother, may I?”
Either way, we do agree that these two Wyoming thieves should get hammered.
An 18-year-old Gillette man has been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary after allegedly stealing about 29 handguns and three AR-15 semiautomatic rifles from 4T Pawn on Saturday.
If convicted, Devon M. Gerlosky faces sentences of five to 25 years in prison on each of the counts, as well as up to 10 years for allegedly stealing a silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Am that he and another teen, age 15, used in the crime, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Gerlosky was identified by several people who saw surveillance video posted by Crime Stoppers over the weekend, according to Gillette police.
The younger boy also was arrested over the weekend, but his name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Gerlosky allegedly gave the guns to a friend, who had asked him earlier about stealing the guns because he could sell them in Denver. Gerlosky told police he took them to the man after the burglary and thought he would be paid $3,000 once they were sold in Denver, according to the affidavit.
Police Lt. Brent Wasson said that after the two arrests, police were able to identify others involved.
“We are working with ATF and we have additional suspects identified,” Wasson said. “We expect additional arrests to be made.”
It’s worth noting that the 18-year-old is identified in the headline on the original story as a teen himself.
Yes, even though he’s legally an adult, he’s a “teen.” This is why I don’t get worked up when the media talks about teens being killed with guns in our inner cities. They’re usually either legal adults or people who can be tried as an adult and often are engaged in some kind of illegal activity on their own. The media just likes playing with the words here.
This time, though, at least an actual teen seems to have been involved.
Regardless, it’s worth noting that this is how guns make it onto the black market. They’re stolen, then sold to people who are willing to buy and either can’t or won’t go through legal channels. That’s how most of them end up there. Between that and straw buys, these guns are obtained illegally in the first place, then passed on. More laws won’t change that.
What might help solve this problem is seeing this twit be prosecuted and punished severely if convicted. That and a few more cases like it, we might start to see criminals take a step back and recognize that doing time isn’t worth the payout.