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    Three charged in connection with Leesburg gun burglary

    Three individuals have been charged in connection with a Jan. 14 burglary in Leesburg where two handguns and ammunition were stolen, among other items.

    Detectives with the Leesburg Police Department were first able to connect Aleksander K. Shamloo, 25, of Leesburg, to the burglary in the 500 block of Ayrlee Avenue NW after a game console stolen from the home was sold to GameStop.

    “We knew we had [the game console] missing and we just went there checking serial numbers,” said Lt. Jeffery Dube’ of the Leesburg Police Department. “That was the link that broke this whole thing.”

    Also stolen from the home was computer and camera equipment, several MP3 players, jewelry, cash and other miscellaneous personal items.

    After further investigation, detectives determined Shamloo had one of the stolen firearms.

    He was charged Jan. 17 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Shamloo is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

    As the investigation continued, authorities determined more suspects were likely involved in the case.

    A Jan. 19 traffic stop in South Riding by a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy netted two additional arrests.

    Donovan Gallagher, 23, and Marissa Arpajian, 21, both of no fixed address, were in the vehicle where the second stolen firearm was found, according to reports.

    Gallagher was charged with purchasing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    He’s being held at the detention center without bond.

    Arpajian was charged with concealment of a stolen firearm and is being held in jail on a $1,500 bond.

    The Leesburg Police Department, according to reports, is continuing to investigate recent burglaries of homes and churches as well as a law office that occurred during the same time frame as the Jan. 14 burglary.

    Police are consulting with the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office regarding additional charges.

    Comments

    @Jeanne - Law abiding does not = responsible, particularly when it comes to gun owners. Every day someone is accidentally shot by some dope who legally owns a gun but isn’t doing so responsibly. Where is competence a legal requirement to own a gun?


    @Rocket - It’s calle contributory negligence.


    “The purpose of new gun laws is not for the criminal, but to prod law abiding citizens to be responsible with guns so they don’t get into the hands of criminals.”

    Law-abiding citizens are, by definition, responsible.  Disarming law-abiding armed citizens isn’t going to prevent violence; it will encourage it.

    And if Ed Myers were truly honest, he would put a sign outside his own house that reads “Gun Free Zone.”


    Touche!


    @Faith In Reason - you absolutely should not be held responsible in any way if someone breaks in to your home and steals from you. That is simply just passing the buck of responsibility.


    Frank Jameso - It is already illegal for a felon to have a firearm. That is the only crime you can nail them on. Supreme Court ruled decades ago that you cannot ad a charge of not registering a firearm because it is illegal for them to have one and registering it would be against the 5a laws on self incrimination so felons are excluded by law from registration of firearms.

    A registration law would only cover law abiding citizens because of that and there really seems no point. Canada gave up on long gun registration a few years ago because they spent billions and it never helped law enforcement at all.


    The thief should certainly be punished for his crimes, but the gun owner should be responsible for taking reasonable precautions against allowing his guns to fall into the wrong hands. As a gun owner, you should know that guns are juicy targets for theft or misuse if left unsecured - such obvious targets that your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover them, even if you do lock them up. By owning a gun you’re obligated to assume certain risks.

    You could probably solve alot of the problems currently being blamed on guns by simply holding every gun owner responsible for the consequences of failing to properly secure their guns. If you leave a gun unlocked in an empty house, for example, and it’s stolen and used in a crime, you should be held accountable for your contribution to the crime.

    Some minimum requirements to safe-harbor gun owners against liability would probably go a long way toward keeping guns out of the wrong hands.


    @fedup
    What do you mean registration would not stop a felon from registering a gun? Isn’t that the point of registration?
    If not, there should be like… a law against that.
    But, according to you new laws are pointless because criminals break them anyways. But, using that logic, existing laws are also pointless because criminals will just break them too. You see, I fail to see how one can say “oh this criminal felon stole a gun, let the law handle it and lock him away”, then also say, “we can’t have any new laws because criminals will break them”.
    Um, yeah. That’s the point of the new law. So that when a criminal breaks it, they get prosecuted.


    Frank Jameso - I don’t think you understand his point. Criminals break the law so why are we talking about making more laws that only effect law abiding citizens. For instance registration, which I am not opposed to, would not stop a felon from getting a gun and no registering it. You see that point?


    @myownsense
    I like how you basically say, there is no point in having new laws because people are going to break them. Then you say, you trust that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
    Do you realize that makes no sense? Or is that a play to your username?


    EdMyers - Securing firearms is not in any of the new gun law ideas floating out there unfortunately. As a gun owner including a so called Assault Rifle I support laws that require safe storage, trigger locks or a safe. I keep my firearms secured in a way my wife or I can access them when needed but no one else can do so.


    Yes, I suppose every gun should have a fingerprint scanner that you must take the time to scan your finger before firing the weapon. Or perhaps a combo lock in the trigger to prevent someone from firing it….good point. I’m sure the nice burglar man will wait while you swipe your finger so you can shoot him before he assaults you. Thanks for the helpful suggestion!


    Ah, blame the victim @EdMyers, of course.
    The real purpose of the new gun laws is to trash the 2nd Amendment.


    The purpose of new gun laws is not for the criminal, but to prod law abiding citizens to be responsible with guns so they don’t get into the hands of criminals.  For example, why didn’t the lawful owner secure the guns better? Why aren’t there safety devices that prevent someone other than the owner from firing the gun.


    If I read this correctly, both Shamloo and Gallagher are convicted felons. Both have been found and charged with being convicted felons in possession of firearms. Obviously, we have existing laws that make it illegal for convicted felons to possess firearms. Why didn’t these convicted criminals obey the existing law? Do you think they might obey a new law or laws? I trust that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and, if convicted, receive the maximum sentence possible. I doubt that ned or additional laws are the answer.

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