"Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest."
I don't care what his momma and daddy named him, meet the new poster boy for Mrs. Gump's dictum: Mr. Stupid.
Stupidity Number One. Felon in possession.
More than 300 firearms, military-grade machine guns and over 20,000 rounds of ammunition were seized from two storage units in Fontana, police said Monday. Steven Durant, 57, was arrested and booked on several charges of possession of illegal firearms and an explosive destructive device, Fontana police spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado said. He was on federal probation out of Arizona for the manufacturing of machine guns.
I've known some "gun felons" in my time and the smart ones still figure out how to maintain access to modern firearms if they need one. (Think of all the weapons that G. Gordon Liddy's wife owned.)
Stupidities Number Two, Three and Four:
Officers responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle and person in the 13400 block of Foothill Boulevard found Durant standing near a U-Haul truck and two open storage units with several firearms, ammunition and parts in plain sight, police said. With Durant’s consent, the officers searched the storage units and found several illegal AK47’s.
Stupidity Numbers Two and Three: Failure to package firearms and ammunition with a view to mask what is inside, and then transferring them openly from vehicle to storage unit in public in a state of permanent hoplophobia such as California.
Stupidity Number Four: Using a public storage unit for the caching of arms and ammunition. Look, folks, I have read too many times about honest people (let alone convicted felons) having their legal firearms seized from a storage locker by "the authorities" based upon a nosy Parker's tip from the guy who rents the unit next to them, or the storage unit owner, or a soon-to-be-ex-wife. Even if the gun cops can find no case, they'll make one up to justify the exercise and even if exonerated in court you'll play hell getting them back. NEVER use public storage units for the caching of arms and ammunition -- as in NEVER. If you're smart enough, you can figure out an alternative (or range of alternatives, for you should never keep all your eggs in one basket) that works for you.