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Pair arrested at Pokemon World Championship after death threats

Unlicenced firearms discovered in vehicle by Boston Police

Two young men have been arrested at the Pokemon World Championship in Boston, MA after making threats on social media about "killing the competition." Having been initially detained then released, the pair were officially arrested at a local hotel after police executed a search warrant on their vehicle, finding unlicensed firearms, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife.

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, had a car containing a shotgun and an assault rifle in their vehicle. Neither was able to produce documentation for their possession. A Boston PD representative called the pair a "real, serious threat."

The alarm was raised after a number of unspecified threats were made by the pair on various social media. Stumbo also posted a picture of his vehicle to a Pokemon Facebook page, with the weapons laid out on the bonnet. When another user wished him luck, Stumbo replied: "With killing the competition?" When the alarm was raised, Boston PD waited at the venue for the pair to arrive, preventing them from entering. The vehicle was seized whilst officers waited on the search warrant, which was executed on Friday. Norton and Stumbo were arrested shortly afterwards and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm charges, says the Boston Globe.

Police maintained a presence at the show afterwards, with uniformed officers and dogs making regular rounds.

Picture credit: Boston Police Department.

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Latest comments (21)

Anthony Chan2 years ago
Sorry I must ask... Is there any reason in the world to own powerful weapons like that? Like hunting rifles and maybe the shotgun in this case... but an assault rifle? Like do normal people have any reason to own something like that? Are people going out and killing game animals such as deer, caribou, bears even with an assault rifle?

I get all the arguments about liberties and rights, and I am not questioning people's ability to use firearms in a reasonable (where nobody gets hurt) fashion. But seriously an assault rifle was designed/invented with only one intention in mind - to cause maximum damage leading to death in the shortest period of time. Why does the common citizen need this item at home?
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 2 years ago
@Anthony

Because AMERICA!
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Shane Sweeney Academic 2 years ago
The two were invited to play in the Masters Division of the Pokemon Championship. This is such a bizarre story.
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Falko Böcker Business Dev. Manager, Remote Control Productions GmbH2 years ago
@Anthony: I am not a gun enthusiast, nor a fan of private gun owning without strict exams and licenses, but the AR-15 is technically the same gun as most hunting rifles. It looks menacing, because it is made to look similar to the M4, but it is semi-automatic and usually shoots even less powerful ammunition than many more traditional looking hunting rifles. Banning the AR-15 solely because of the way it looks, while other hunting rifles function exactly the same or even more dangerously, would be pretty silly in my opinion.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Falko Böcker on 25th August 2015 9:30am

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Ruben Monteiro Engineer 2 years ago
USA, land of opportunity (to buy military grade machine guns at the local shop, on 25% sale discount)
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development2 years ago
There's no point starting a thing about Americans and their guns.

Either they will totally get how stupid it all is, or they will look at you like you just took a shit in their coffee cup. In either case there will not be a single shred of mind-changing in evidence.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 26th August 2015 7:54am

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Now, now, Paul. Not all of us Americans are gun crazy. But it's tough to have a discussion anywhere about them without someone talking about rights to do all sorts of stuff that really don't "need" to be done (as in "just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD").

Freedom minus a lack of morality (or "more freedom!" to some) and any common sense (on the part of people who want to cause trouble) often equals stories like this.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 2 years ago
@Falko
the AR-15 is easily convertible to full automatic through illegal, but easily obtainable kits,, and is designed for much faster acquisition of a target, and more importantly, higher accuracy and greater controlwhen shooting rapidly.

That's the difference between a hunting rifle and an assault rifle.

The gun industry in America has a well oiled machine every time things like this happen. That's why most states Allow the purchase of the guns from the end of Robocop that can shoot down a jetliner.

There was a ban, which was a politically impossible thing to renew. These same forces have now made it legal in some states to have guns in bars, schools, and all sorts of ill advised places.

Think about the conservative American electorate this way: the more you tell them not to touch the stove, the longer they'll hold their hands in the flame to spite you for telling them not to do something
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
The AR-15 is not a military grade machine gun. It only looks similar to an M16 which is a military grade machine gun. It's actual functionality is like a basic rifle for hunting.

That said, we most certainly need tighter acquisition regulations. You should have the right to own one provided you own the right mind.
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Ruben Monteiro Engineer 2 years ago
You should have the right to own one provided you own the right mind.
Own gun. Right mind. It's either-or, please decide.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
Ruben, are you saying they have no valid use at all?
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 2 years ago
Jim, an AR15 is an M16 with some cosmetic alterations to keep it from going full auto, which are easily bypassed

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071228121945AA6OayI
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
So, you didn't even read your own link. I missed the easily bypassed part. It actually makes it sound rather complicated. Besides that, there are ways (again, all complicated) to turn most firearms into some form of fully automatic system.

The intended purpose of the civilian market AR-15 is single action hunting rifle. Modifying it after market for mass murder is no different than modifying anything else for mass murder. You can easily turn a pressure cooker into a bomb (See Boston Marathon bombing) but there is no talk of banning pressure cookers.

For me, it's not about the device but the person using the device. Never blame the weapon. That's absconding responsibility. Regulate access. Restrict access only those qualified enough to mentally wield it with regard and respect to human life and without prior convictions or mental illnesses.
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Rafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet Media2 years ago
@Jim - A pressure cooker is made to cook. A gun is made to kill. Do you really believe an argument that compares both will work for anyone?
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Keldon Alleyne Developer, leader, writer, Avasopht Ltd2 years ago
@Jim: But you don't even need to modify an AR15 for mass murder. A pressure cooker is not in the same league and has a definite purpose of cooking food. It's the same reason people are allowed to purchase knives, because although they can be used to murder there is a genuine need.

Few people have a genuine need for a gun, rifle or nuclear submarine. The lines have to be drawn somewhere and there is little good reason to include firearms into the category of rights.

And I don't think you can preempt mental health well enough anyway, especially when mental health is highly subjective and our current diagnosis of mental health doesn't correspond to the problem domain. The Swedish terrorist who slaughtered Muslims for example.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 26th August 2015 12:17pm

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Ruben Monteiro Engineer 2 years ago
Ruben, are you saying they have no valid use at all?
Unfortunately they still do as we haven't evolved out of the need for them, but they should be in the hands of police and army only.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
Rafa, there are a lot of devices that have a purpose solely to kill. Think large knives, swords, bow and arrow, cross bows, etc... All can be modified to become more lethal or added to something to make something else lethal. My point was that even objects not intended to kill, like the pressure cooker, can be modified to kill. I'm not actually saying we ban them. Give me some credit, please.

The purpose of the AR-15 is no different than any other hunting rifle. If your issue is ALL guns, then yes the AR-15 is an issue to you. If your issue is that it looks like and can be modified into a military grade weapon, then you're missing many factors.

I see two debates going on here. One, ban all guns from civilians. Two, ban military grade guns from civilians.

Debate one is too late in the US. That ship sailed long ago and probably never would have passed even at the height of our prohibition eras.

Debate two is more valid and already exists for the most part. Which is why regulating access is the only real option. @Keldon, you are correct that we do need better mental health screening. But it certainly still needs to be part of the access process. And you told me not to equate pressure cookers with guns so I'm asking you not to equate guns with nuclear bombs. Fair enough?
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Oh, for a variation of Japanese gun laws here in the Wild West: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/a-land-without-guns-how-japan-has-virtually-eliminated-shooting-deaths/260189/

But it's not going to happen with the current lobbying situation and well dug-in heels of certain types who want free-for all fire and forget me not zones everywhere.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
Since I have family in the US, I understand the concept of "Having guns to protect my home". But I still don't understand the need of assault rifles and automatic weapons in general. You are most likely to destroy your living room with a hail of bullets rather than protecting anything in there.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
Alfonso, these are not fully automatic weapons. Holding the trigger down does not release more than one bullet. Fully automatic guns and assault rifles are already heavily regulated (far more so than regular guns).
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
@Jim
My apologies for the wrong statement then. And thanks for the clarification.
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