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Hoarder/Drug Dealer Found With 7,000+ Stolen Guns In South Carolina

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Oh, Deer: Guns weren’t the only think this hoarder was collecting.

The weirdness on this one goes to eleven.

Deputies estimate that they’ve seized between 7,000 and 10,000 stolen guns from a house and warehouse near Pageland. Deputies have arrested Brent Nicholson in connection to the stolen goods.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says the seized guns, ammunition, and hundreds of other items were all found on a single property off of Highway 9 outside of Pageland city limits.

Brooks says the guns alone filled one tractor trailer and ammunition filled another.

Nicholson was arrested and charged with trafficking opium and heroin, earlier in the week in Union County. Deputies reportedly went to serve him with a subpoena Friday and noticed what appeared to be stolen goods in his front yard.

The deputies say they wrote out the reports for the stolen property just days before.

The raid started Friday night, according to SLED. It’s reportedly part of an ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions that could have ties to counties in North Carolina as well. Sheriffs from other jurisdictions were there as well as SLED and ATF.

“None of us have ever seen anything anywhere close to this,” Brooks said. “No telling how many break-ins this will held wrap up.”

Over 100 law enforcement officials were on the scene Friday and Saturday. Brooks says 20 agents will be sifting through the evidence “piece by piece” starting Monday. Their goal will be to eventually find the rightful owners. Deputies estimate that 99 percent of the seized goods are stolen.

Brooks says Nicholson lived at the home where the items were found. It is believed that other people stole the guns for him.

When asked what Nicholson was doing with so many guns, Brooks said, “(he) looks like a gun hoarder to be honest with you.” Deputies have found no evidence that he ever sold any of the guns.

“You know he just had 7,000 guns,” Brooks said. “99.9 percent are hunting rifles and shot guns.”

Brooks called the items found a “menagerie” of stolen property which also includes 150 chainsaws, 4-wheelers, and taxidermy supplies.

The article quotes Nicholson’s neighbor—his name is Rusty Fender, I kid you not—and suggests that the hoarder/drug dealer didn’t fire any of the thousands of hunting rifles or shotguns that he amassed.

I do not envy the law enforcement officers who are going to have to catalog theses thousands of firearms and then try to get them to their rightful owners. It looks like that could be a full-time job for numerous officers for months.

NRA Gun of the Week: Taurus Millennium G2 Pistol – American Rifleman

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Today’s market is full of defensive pistols of all shapes and sizes, making for tough decisions when it comes time to make a purchase. With regard to a carry gun, everyone has his or her own preference, but for a lot us it ultimately boils down to price and reliability. Enter the Taurus Millennium G2 9 mm, a lightweight, 13-round capacity, polymer-frame, striker-fired semi-automatic pistol. The folks at Taurus International know the pistol business and know that reliability is the most critical quality.

The 22-oz. Millennium G2 exhibits a thin profile and melted edges to enhance the carrying experience. The steel slide is mildly tapered toward the muzzle aiding with reholstering. Accuracy is imparted by high-profile three-dot sights and a 3.2”ramped barrel. The trigger system within the Millennium G2 offers single-to-double action with second-strike capabilities—meaning, if the first round fails to fire, simply pulling the trigger again resets the striker to sear and releases the striker again. An accessory rail for the addition of lights and lasers on the front of the dust cover comes standard. And molded stippling on the grip frame eases control of even the heaviest loads. Taurus stands behind each one of their products via an unlimited lifetime repair policy, which is not limited to strictly the buyer—if the gun fails, just send it in and have it fixed, free of charge. For more information, visit taurususa.com.

Specificiations
Manufacturer: Taurus International Mfg, Inc.
Model: Millennium G2 9 mm Polymer Grip Sub Compact
Action: single-action/double-action
Caliber: 9 mm Luger
Slide: steel, matte blue
Frame: black polymer
Sights: 3-dot, adjustable rear
Barrel: 3.2”, 1:16”RH twist, 6-groove
Trigger: single-action/double-action; 2-lb., 5-oz. pull (SA); 6-lb., 8-oz. pull (DA)
Overall Length: 6.24”
Height: 5.1”
Width: 1.2”
Weight: 22 ozs., empty
Capacity: 12+1
Accessories: owner’s manual, hard case, two magazines, TSS lock key with sight-adjustment tool, cleaning brush
MSRP: $349