Watch Those War Trophies! | MassCops

Watch Those War Trophies!

Discussion in 'Military News' started by Inspector, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    San Diego, CA

    A Marine sergeant accused of bringing an AK-47 assault rifle home from Iraq as a war trophy accepted a plea deal Monday that will keep him out of federal prison.
    Sgt. Leonardo San Juan agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of possession of an unregistered firearm and pay a $100 fine, said his attorney, Joseph Low.
    San Juan accepted the deal shortly before jury selection was set to begin. A judge still must approve the deal.
    San Juan was accused of bringing the AK-47 back with him more than two years ago from Iraq, according to a grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego.
    "If you believe the allegation, all it is is a war trophy," Low said. "It's not like he went out and committed a crime, shot it or had ammo in it."
    San Juan, 31, of El Paso, Texas, had faced up to three years in prison and a discharge from the Marine Corps. It is unclear whether the plea deal will effect his career.
    War trophies, per se, are not illegal for troops to bring home. But they must be approved by U.S. Central Command, which oversees troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, before they are brought into the United States.
    In recent years, a handful of troops have been prosecuted for possessing war trophies, such as antiques and weapons.
    The case against San Juan began on June 25, 2006, when his fiance went to a gun range to learn how to shoot his .45 caliber handgun. A gun range safety officer attempted to show her how to use it but she struggled with the gun's slide and safety. When asked if she had access to another weapon that might be easier to use, she allegedly said she had "AKs in her garage," the indictment said.
    The gun range safety officer then contacted law enforcement officials, who subsequently searched the garage and found the rifle stored in a plastic bin. It was later turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for testing.
    ATF agents, according to the indictment, traced the AK-47 from its manufacturer in Bulgaria to its distribution to the Iraqi National Force.
    Because the rifle is a fully functional automatic weapon, prosecutors had to apply for a special waiver to bring the weapon to court to use as an exhibit in the case, according to court records.
  2. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    1. Ditch that big-mouthed fiance. What an idiot!
    2. What the hell kind of rat range safety officer was this? How could he possibly know that it was an unregistered MG? There's something that definitely doesn't fit here. There is no way you could write a warrant on one man's unsubstantiated suspicions.
    3. You cannot bring any sort of MG into this country as a war trophy. That boat left in 1968. Congress should allow another amnesty period to register the probably tens of thousands of unregistered war trophies that sit in people attics or basements. If they're turned over to law enforcement, we have no choice but to destroy them, ruining many historically valuable pieces. With so many WWII vets dying, many incredible finds like mint-condition Thompsons or MP-40's are found by relatives and subsequently destroyed by the ATF...what a shame.
  3. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    Big-mouthed fiancee probably shared the house with the boyfriend, and gave permission to search.

    I went to a call years ago where the children of a deceased WWII vet were cleaning out the house, and came upon a treasure trove of war trophies....a MP-40, P-08 Luger, P-38 pistol, and as SS-marked PP pistol.....all in mint condition, wrapped in oily rags. I've heard the ATF will save historically significant firearms so the MP-40 and PP might have been spared, but the rest are probably all razor blades by now. :(
  4. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    Fuck that , we should go back to the old "spoils of war" and take the damn oil ...trillions of barrels of it thats war booty :)
  5. BrickCop

    BrickCop Subscribing Member


    Sadly amnesty periods for non registered guns only applies to gang banger types. Even better the thugs can trade in one (from their vast collection) for a store voucher an/or cash incentive. God forbid if the vets who've otherwise honorably served their country had the same opportunities.
  6. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Arrrrghhhh! That's even worse! That guy better have not married that woman!!

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

unregistered war trophies


usmc sgt leonardo san juan ak-47