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Assault Rifle Found in Parolee’s Home

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EUGENE, Ore. — The same type of gun used in both the Clackamas Town Center shooting and Colorado movie theater massacre was found in a convicted felon’s home in Eugene. Now Eugene Police are trying to figure out how the felon got the gun.

Scott Gorman was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon back in 2011, and investigators say he was threatening to unlawfully use his weapons again. Weapons he shouldn’t have had in the first place.

Gorman’s record show he’s mixed anger and firearms before, when he was sentenced to probation back in 2011 for unlawful use of a weapon.

Just over a year later, police say he was mixing the two again when he threatened staff members at a local adult care facility where one of his family members is staying.

“He was dissatisfied with the care facility and he began making threats to the staff members there. Some of his threats involved him mentioning he had firearms, that he had a concealed handgun permit, which is not true,” said Det. Chris White, Eugene Police Department.

What was true, though, was that Gorman did have firearms. After numerous threats, the care facility reported Gorman. That report prompted his probation officer to pay Gorman a visit, and then she got police involved who found he had violated his parole even further than they thought.

“He had two. Well, he had three rifles. A hunting riffle, a .22 rifle, and one was an AR-15 rifle,” White said.

That last rifle, the AR-15, was the most concerning find, police say. Detective White says it’s not the firearm that bothered him, but more the fact that Gorman was the owner.

“It’s a great tool in the hands of law enforcement or the military or law-abiding citizens. It is absolutely inappropriate for a felon to own one. Given the fact that he had one, and was making threats to the care facility, and had a history of person to person felony crimes made it all the more alarming,” White said.

Gorman is now back in custody, but he will not tell investigators how or where he bought the gun, though he admitted he did purchase it while he was on parole.

If you have any information you think might help investigators, call Eugene Police.

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  1. jason marks says:

    a ban won’t work, just look at the wasteful war on drugs.

    Absolutely nothing wrong with assault rifles.

    MSNBC is quoted here:

    An FBI review of all 2011 homicides for which data was available found that 67.8 percent of them involved firearms – 72.5 percent of which were handguns.

    the rifle is a buzz word and that is about it.

    The second amendment cannot be trampled. Neither can any other one.

  2. Michael Musgrave says:

    Det. Chris White is one of those “real” good guys. First class gentleman all the way.

  3. Joe says:

    “It’s a great tool in the hands of law enforcement or the military or law-abiding citizens.”

    Thank you Mr. White.

  4. Postone says:

    This is an excerpt from this article:

    “The same type of gun used in both the Clackamas Town Center shooting and Colorado movie theater massacre was found in a convicted felon’s home in Eugene. Now Eugene Police are trying to figure out how the felon got the gun.

    “Scott Gorman was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon back in 2011, and investigators say he was threatening to unlawfully use his weapons again. Weapons he shouldn’t have had in the first place.”

    Looks like all the gun laws we already have and the proposed new gun laws don’t make a damn bit of difference now does it!

    Anyone with ONE BRAIN CELL IN THEIR HEAD would know this. But those idiots on Capitol Hill, law enforcement, and select idiots who scream for gun control everyone someone is killed by a gun (people kill not guns) are still screaming gun control!

    More laws to control gun purchases and who can have them will NOT change anything! People will still kill people with guns! And if there are no guns they will use a knife, and if no knife’s they will use rocks, and if no rocks they will use their hands!

    It’s simply amazing to me that such people who scream gun control can be so stupid!

    1. jason marks says:

      Please ban alcohol. That kills people everyday and we are oblivious to it.
      Please ban swimming pools – children drown from parents lack of attention.
      Please ban the – lack of attention. That causes most all problems.
      Please ban knives. People are killed every day with them.
      I saw someone killed a person with a hammer the other day – solution: ban hammers
      Drugs kill: oh that’s right, we have a very successful ban on illegal drugs
      Someone in my state got electrocuted a while back including 3 family members – no power.
      Ban cars – they KILL our environment.
      No more natural gas – someone used it to blow up their house and killed a neighbor.

      give me a break. – ban stupidity. that would be better. Then we wouldn’t have all the “banners” spouting off ignorant self serving statements.

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