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7-year-old faces 2 felony charges for shooting BB gun
wsoctv.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | Trish Williford

Posted on 04/05/2013 5:48:14 AM PDT by Gorilla44

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. —

He looks like a typical 7-year-old boy, but on Tuesday night, Sam Grant is facing charges that many adults never will.

He is charged with two felonies for something that happened when his mother turned her back for just a second. His parents told Eyewitness News that they're outraged.

"We are both just shocked. We have been in a state of shock over this," said Ray Robbins.

Sam's parents said this scenario began in February when Sam was playing outside with his BB gun. They said he began shooting at an abandoned house right across the street, but instead, Sam shot two cars as they were passing by.

Sam's mother, Cherry Robbins, immediately called the Catawba County Sheriff's Department.

"The officer told me he did not want to charge my son, the lady told me she did not want him charged. The next thing I know, I am getting a letter from the DPS saying he has been charged with two felonies," said Cherry.

Sam is charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. If convicted he faces one year probation and hundreds of hours of community service.

(Excerpt) Read more at wsoctv.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; bbgun; bbguns; catawba; childarrested; felony; guncontrol; nc; samgrant; secondamendment
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To: yldstrk

My classmates used to come to school talking about their BB gun “wars”. They used to use Daisy airguns to play cowboys and Indians. I do remember at least one, a few years older than I was, who had to have a doctor remove a BB from his eyelid, no actual damage to his eye but he was very lucky. I lived so far back in the sticks I didn’t have any one to fight with except my older brother and we never shot each other with the BB gun, it would have taken away the advantage he had of being three years older. I was as good a shot with a Daisy as he was but younger and smaller.


51 posted on 04/05/2013 6:50:52 AM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Bayard

it is not dumb to give a bebe gun to a sevn yr old, willis. My kids had knives to whittle with, bebe guns—it’s an American upbringing........mu daughter shot her first bebe gun when she was about 4. She is not a gun enthusiast,


52 posted on 04/05/2013 6:55:37 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Gorilla44

My brother shot a bb gun toward the road when we were kids.
Dad smashed bb gun to bits with a hammer.
Saner times.


53 posted on 04/05/2013 6:59:08 AM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Gorilla44

Here in NC a slingshot hidden in your gym bag is considered a concealed weapon.

I think a number of folks missed the key part of the story up front.

The little brat was shooting at the vacant house across the street. Momma was cool with that.


54 posted on 04/05/2013 7:07:29 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Gorilla44

um... the kids mom called the police... and then is shocked when they respond???

um... lady NEVER involve the police (or any government official) in ANYTHING!


55 posted on 04/05/2013 7:08:49 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: unixfox
Years ago I was standing...

Common sense won out in your case, but then again, that was 'years ago'. Today, common sense has been replaced by reliance on regulations and zero tolerance.

56 posted on 04/05/2013 7:13:47 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Gorilla44
So...It seems this Prosecutor graduated from the Mike Nifong school of law!!!
57 posted on 04/05/2013 7:14:23 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Gorilla44

A 7 year-old’s stupidity is NOT criminal.

A 20+ Bill Ayers and his goons are convicted murderers - yet they are absolved of their ‘adult’ decisions, celebrated as heroes in movies (Robert Redford) and installed in Universities (Columbia).

What legal lunacy and what a crazy country.


58 posted on 04/05/2013 7:24:24 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: Gorilla44
I just called the dad to find out how I could help and he told me they went to court this morning and all charges have been dismissed.

That is good news.

Too bad the judge couldn't jail those 'officials' who started this mess for stupidity.

But, as comedian Ron White says, stupid is forever.

59 posted on 04/05/2013 7:28:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: 21st Century Crusader

NC is ruled by the Libtards in Asheville.

First the kid was too young to be shooting a BB gun unattended but whatever happened to taking the BB gun away and grounding the kid with no TV for a month?


60 posted on 04/05/2013 7:35:11 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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61 posted on 04/05/2013 7:38:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Juveniles are not “convicted,” they would be adjudicated as a delinquent and their record would be scrubbed when they turn 18.


62 posted on 04/05/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Gorilla44
we are going to have to stop reporting on our families, friends, neighbors ....we're going to have to be like the inner city blacks....don't tell the cops anything...

we have deranged prosecutors who just need a little face time and love to go after the Christian whites and will think nothing of over charging to make them look good...see the Duke case and the Zimmerman case as an example...

63 posted on 04/05/2013 8:15:27 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
how many freepers as young boys( or girls) set ant hills on fire, accidentally starting a fire of say, a telephone pole?

my brother did....horrors to think he would probably be charged with a felony at that time....

64 posted on 04/05/2013 8:19:26 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Dead Corpse

I dunno but the cop’s blase’ comment was chilling.


65 posted on 04/05/2013 8:20:35 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Gorilla44

Crossman 760 Powermaster pump BB gun. My Christmas present at age 8 and still in my collection.

66 posted on 04/05/2013 8:23:11 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: KeyLargo

I’m very sorry the guy is dying but that still counts as suicide, IMO.

Lucky for him he didn’t die.


67 posted on 04/05/2013 8:23:39 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Gorilla44

IIRC, Michigan is the only state to do so...


68 posted on 04/05/2013 8:24:06 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Iron Munro

Wow, great picture.


69 posted on 04/05/2013 8:24:45 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: unixfox

My dad would have just ripped my stupid head off before the cops even got there.

Still, a felony charge is madness.

Too bad the kid didn’t have a dad like mine.


70 posted on 04/05/2013 8:26:22 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Gorilla44
“Sam’s mother, Cherry Robbins, immediately called the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department”

Well I hope some very important lessons were learned!

You take care of your own problems and NEVER call the police on a family member unless you want them shot (and possibly any dogs around) and/or charged with felonies.

Mom should have reconsidered trusting her 7 year old with a BB gun - and taken it away for a couple years - then made him very very sorry that he did such a stupid thing.

71 posted on 04/05/2013 8:29:01 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Gorilla44

Well this was dangerous and stupid back in the day but we had a tree fort war once that leveled up from thos pump action toys where we’d jam a bunch of mud at the end and pepper each other, to BB guns but it all went a BIT awry when the neighbors came out with their 22’s!
no one was hurt. The 22 neighbors went to juvi for ten days and got a nasty beating from the ‘mad major’ a very angry nam vet( it was 1967 or so and he was between tours).

This is out of hand. BB-guns will poke and eye out or like my dummmy briother still has a pellet in his foot from a pellet gun but a felony? A felony? Oops two felonies to a seven year old? Good God help us.


72 posted on 04/05/2013 8:32:02 AM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: rarestia

Actually, it’s the people at DPS (what ever the hell that is) that lack the “critical component.”


73 posted on 04/05/2013 8:33:00 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: wbill

This is one more reaction to anti-gun legislation — and yes, the prosecutor wants to make a name — you know - for public safety...soon there will be Directive 10-289


74 posted on 04/05/2013 8:39:28 AM PDT by BCW (Going John Galt -- see everyone that is smart on the other side...)
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To: Gorilla44
Since the 7-year old has been charged with two felonies, he must be convicted by a court ASAP, and publicly executed in the town square as an example to others. I'm certain the local NC Catawba County Sheriff's Department can provide officers with dog shooting experience to get the job done on this 7-year old criminal. No more BB gun shooting for you, kid!
75 posted on 04/05/2013 8:53:09 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Salamander

I understand it though. A lot of the airsoft/paintball stuff looks pretty real. If you wait until they pull the trigger, it may be far too late.

Apply the oft unused “reasonable man” standard. If someone pointed that at you... What would you do?


76 posted on 04/05/2013 8:55:46 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Gorilla44

I could probably get this charge dropped in my town. I’ve still got a BB in my leg that the neighbor kid put there years ago. He’s now the mayor.


77 posted on 04/05/2013 8:57:35 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Gorilla44

I don’t have sympathy. A BB CAN cause damage to a car. And if the window was open, he could have hit the driver, and it could have caused an accident.

Now, I doubt the kid will ever actually be convicted of anything. But if a report is made, kids have to be punished for stuff like this.

When I was a kid, the one time I was truly terrified was when I was walking through the woods and some boys decided to use me for target practice, and started shooting me with their BB guns. It hurt like hell, and they pursued me for several minutes before the tired of it.


78 posted on 04/05/2013 9:12:57 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TomGuy

I say different. The kid peeing in his front yard is doing something that is perfectly natural. Nobody would get a ticket if their dog was peeing in the front yard.

This kid shot and hit two cars. I doubt he’ll be convicted of anything, but he committed a felony, so being charged with it isn’t shocking. Given that there ARE 7-year-olds in less nice areas of the country that are actually trying to commit violent acts, you can’t just make a blanket rule that no 7-year-old should even be charged.

It’s after the charges are filed that the real discretion will start. Unfortunately, what is likely to happen here is that the parents are in big trouble for letting their child shoot a BB gun at cars.


79 posted on 04/05/2013 9:16:52 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: from occupied ga

First, I would not have called the police if I had felt it was something to joke about. Second, rocks were not being dropped off a bridge, but thrown horizontally from a sidewalk. Third, no one was injured and no property was damaged. Fourth, the children were five or six years old and a "talking to" from an officer is certainly sufficient to deter them from escalating their offense.

Compare apples to apples. I would not subject these first graders to a felony charge and criminal proceedings. If you would have, then shame on you.


80 posted on 04/05/2013 11:57:47 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: PeteB570

Momma wasn’t cool with it. She had went inside for less than a minute to put dinner in the oven and told him not to shoot anything. They had been in the back yard on the other side of the house shooting targets, away from the road.

http://www.examiner.com/article/further-details-catawba-bb-gun-case-from-8-year-old-boy-s-father


81 posted on 04/06/2013 11:09:00 AM PDT by Eowyn
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To: Eowyn

Long minute

In that time he went from the back yard to the front yard, started shooting at the house across the road and then two cars.

Either that or little dude is fast as lightning.


82 posted on 04/06/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: so_real
If you would have, then shame on you.

You can always spot the douchbags on FR they are always the first to personally attack a poster they don't agree with.

83 posted on 04/06/2013 7:26:04 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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