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7 Year Old Nabbed On Felony BB Gun Charges

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Sam Grant nearly celebrated his eighth birthday party in jail.
The North Carolina boy had been charged with two felony counts of discharging his BB gun.

The parents of a then-seven-year-old North Carolina boy are beyond angry after their son was charged with two felony counts of possessing a BB gun. Just moments before the child was expected to answer to the allegations before a Catawba County judge — the charges were dropped.

Sam’s parents, Ray and Cherry Robbins told Fox News they are both relieved and angry over what happened to their son.

“They considered his BB gun a firearm,” Ray said. “”It’s not a firearm. It’s a BB gun.”
The trouble started last month when Sam was in the backyard of their rural home shooting his BB gun. His mother stepped inside to put dinner in the oven – telling the boy not to run off.

But Sam’s curiosity got the best of him — and he scampered out of the backyard – and fired his BB gun at an abandoned house across the street. In doing so, he accidentally hit a passing car.

Cherry immediately call the sheriff’s department and offered to pay for the damage to the car. The deputy sheriff took a report but said he wasn’t going to press charges and neither was the driver.
Instead, Sam’s parents took responsibility, paid for the damages and administered parental justice.
Sam got punished. They took away his BB gun and made him do community service at their local church.
“We wanted to teach him responsibility so he’s been cleaning up around the church and polishing pews to repay the $350 it cost to repair the car,” Robbins told Fox News.

But their world got rocked when the received a letter from the Department of Juvenile Justice summoning the family to court.

“They told us that they considered it to be a violent felony — discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle,” Robbins said. “It was crazy. We completely disagreed with the charges.”
Their son – was now facing the prospect of a year on probation, hundreds of hours of community service and a criminal record.

“We couldn’t imagine Sam standing in front of the court — as a judge read him the charges,” he said. “How is he supposed to understand that? He’s eight years old.”

The day before his court appearance, Sam celebrated his birthday — but there wasn’t much to celebrate.
“That night he was shaking – he was so cared he was shaking,” Robbins said. “He didn’t know what going to court meant but he knew that it was serious.”

The following day, they showed up for Sam’s hearing. But their court-appointed lawyer ushered the family into a room and told them the charges had been dropped.
“I really feel like it was a political thing,” he said. “It’s election season in our county and they didn’t have anything better to do than charge an eight-year-old boy. They got the anti-gun people revved up.”
Robbins said his son is a good boy who made a bad mistake.

Read more from Todd Starnes on this story at Fox News

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  • j w

    The Prosecutor and Judge Should BE FIRED

  • I see a multimillion dollar verdict in their future, coming in the civil suit certain to follow. Wonder how the libtards will feel about that? What am I saying? Libtards don’t pay taxes, they live off of everyone elses!

  • Russ

    What a bunch of STUPID idiots.

  • johnhorse

    These Anti gun political hacks don’t seem to know that a Fire Arm and a BB gun have a Vast difference between them,but then political hacks like these are to STUPID to know the difference anyway and you Can’t FIX stupid.

    • TGJ999

      Perhaps it was one of those scary, nasty AR replica. Ohhhh…!

  • probably a fully automatic “daisey lever action” killing machine!

  • Hollowing Big Bad Wolf can have it’s own system of Justice

  • I hope the parents sue the ass off those idiots. The kid was SEVEN. He made a mistake. lesson learned, do as mom and dad ask. Payment has been made and he is STILL paying for his mistake. The parents are doing what is right and teaching him that there is consequences for your actions. I applaud the parents.

    • Angel

      Oh, but Robert, didn’t you know??? Discipline has been taken away from the parents and schools. Technically they could have charged his parents with abuse. (Please hear my comment dripping with sarcasm)

  • wwsearch

    Well a BB gun does pass gas at a high rate.of speed. Kinda of the same thing I do when I read how foolish we have become in the USA…We have allowed all sorts of foolish thinking and behavior become acceptable…A laughing stock of the world.

  • ESABATM

    This is unbelievable.

  • My son and friends were caught with a BB Gun. No witnesses to anybody actually shooting the BB gun. BB gun was actually owned by one of the other children. My son was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits because after a several hour search the police found a window that “looked” like it was shot. At court I nor him could say a word without the judge reprimanding us. He and I (cause I was a parent) spent 2 days a week for 8 weeks going to a “counseling” session with other juveniles. plus he had to do months of community service. We learned that anything that discharges any type of projectile can be considered the same as a firearm. Plus a fine that I cant remember the amount.

  • God help us

    A guy in Grovetown, Ga was fined 200 dollars for discharging a firearm in the city limits. The crime? Shooting at paper cups with a BB gun in his own backyard

    • George

      stupid.

    • Angel

      That guy really needs to find out which neighbor he pissed off. Then he will know who made the call and can repay the favor one day…..

  • Dad of a BB gun victim

    No child should be left unsupervised with any weapon. A BB gun is a weapon and the pump style BB guns (Daisy 880) has the same muzzle velocity of a 357. Research it for yourself and find out how many children are killed by a BB gun.

    • George

      Not very many, but your right on the fps.

    • How many children are killed by pools? Cars? Insect and snakes bites? Again, the issue is not the weapon. Weapons do nothing on their own. As kids we owned BB guns, shot guns and rifles. Used to target practice in the field behind our house – no adult ever supervised us, nor was it needed. In high school, there was a shooting club; kids used to get ON THE BUS with their to rifles; the parking lot was full of pickups with rifles and shotguns in the back windows – the vice principle used to come out to our trucks and see our new guns we got for Christmas, and to show us his. Guess what? NO ONE EVER got hurt of shot.

      Now I wonder why that might be???

      It is lamentable of course when any child dies needlessly. But the means is irrelevant frankly.

      Not referring to anyone here, but I am often amused by the “anti-gun”, “anti-weapon”, “we should all live in a ride at Disney called “Its a Small World” crowd, who think that it would be a great world where all adversity, obstacles, threats, and bad things in general were removed. THAT would be a nightmare indeed. No sane person really wants to live in a perpetual Tele-Tubby episode – do they?

      But the thing that gets me the most I guess, is the very same people that will bemoan a dead 5 yo child at Sandy Hook ( or wherever ) are the SAME people who have no problem killing that SAME child 5 1/2 years earlier in his mothers womb. And then their neurons misfire and the take to blaming the instrument, instead of the cause ( a human ).

    • Angel

      Actually, a 10 year old boy was just killed by a BB gun that was fired at his temple by his own 12 year old brother. Yes, they can be very dangerous. This, however, was an accident that could have been avoided. If anyone should have been charged it should have been the mother for leaving her 7 year ild unsupervised with the weapon. I am happy to see the child never made it in front of the judge and maybe this scared the child enough that he will walk a straight line into adulthood.

    • Only a Libtard can equate a B-B gun with a .357 magnum.

    • BB gun victim

      i was shot with a bb gun when i was 7 yrs old.. still have a scar on my chest today. I wonder what prison that kid is in now.

    • BillboyBaggins

      You forgot to consider the difference in the kinetic energy from a .357 and a BB.

  • brandon

    I thought once all the bb’s were used up the guns became inoperable.

  • BillboyBaggins

    42 USC 1983. Sue the bastards.

  • BillboyBaggins

    In the summer, circa 1973, I used to take my BB gun down to Rose Ave. Elementary School and shoot strike anywhere stick matches at the brick on the building. They would ignite with a snap that was amusing to us kids.

    • Angel

      Back then we were a “kinder, gentler nation.” Now we are a nation of liberal bedwetting cry babies who jump at the sound of a car backfiring like they were the psych ward of a veterans hospital surrounded by Vietnam Vets suffering from PTSD. (And before some cry baby jumps my you-know-what for that comment- I used to teach computer classes at the VA Hospital in Augusta, Ga. and can’t tell you how many times one of the patients scared the snot outta me by hitting the “deck” and screaming “incoming!” It broke my heart daily as both my father and step father are retired Marines and Navy both serving tours in Vietnam. I have nothing but humble respect for our serving men and women). The phrase “lighten up” comes to mind every time I read one of these stupid articles. It also proves that stupidity is alive and well, and, this time at least, living in the Carolina’s! God save us from the hardened hoodlum BB packing 7 year olds of this world!!!!!!! Sheesh!

  • Does this mean I can only have 7 rocks in my pocket when I’m carrying my slingshot around town ?

  • Sounds like the Department of Juvenile Justice needs to be shut down.

  • Thank God I live in unincorporated territory. I can sit in my back yard and shoot my shotgun all day if I wany.

  • Trisha

    I didn’t know that a BB gun was considered a firearm! We have a neighbor that goes beside our house all the time shooting squirrels with his BB. I never knew he was breaking the law!

    • Angel

      It is only breaking the law by certain stipulations: 1. If you live within the city limits. 2. If he is coming onto your property. If he hits anything that contains people(ie a car or the window of a home). PETA could be more trouble for him than your local Sheriff.

  • Joseph Cook

    A bb gun uses compressed air (stored air) a firearm uses combustion (ignited black powder) to expel projectiles. Where a bb gun is a gun it is not a firearm so it shouldn’t be treated as one. Can it be a deadly weapon… yes some of the higher power ones can but so can an ink pin. District attorneys can decide whether to pursue charges or not and this is one case that shouldn’t have went that far. Money and time lost because of an agenda.

  • TheTexasCooke

    Well at least the prick deputy didn’t have to worry about working over this suspect…jerking his family around….I mean if it had been a REAL felon he might have been at risk…you know…protecting the public from criminals….but it all counts toward 20 right? He should be looking for new line of work.

  • So are any of you ever going to learn on how to defeat the government when they make bad choices regarding an activity that you feel is lawful but arresting and prosecuting anyway.. It only takes on Patriot on the jury to vote “Not Guilty.” It’s called Jury Nullification and its been our most powerful tool that has been around for 400 years but no one seems to know about it. Shameful how we just assume that the government is always right. http://www.fija.org http://www.secondamendmentwarrior.com http://www.youarestupidif.com etc. After you learn something you are always obligated to teach it.

  • So are any of you ever going to learn on how to defeat the government
    when they make bad choices regarding an activity that you feel is lawful
    but arresting and prosecuting anyway.. It only takes one Patriot on the
    jury to vote “Not Guilty.” It’s called Jury Nullification and its been
    our most powerful tool that has been around for 400 years but no one
    seems to know about it. Shameful how we just assume that the government
    is always right. http://www.fija.org http://www.secondamendmentwarrior.com http://www.youarestupidif.com etc. After you learn something you are always obligated to teach it.

  • TGJ999

    Thankfully we live the country in a county where everyone near us has guns. Pity the folks in the city where stupid fruit grows on every tree.

  • P-oed!!

    This crap is getting out of hand!! My 10 year old stepson is presently suspended for a “bomb threat” from his school for finishing a stick figure sketch another kid drew, of a plane dropping a bomb on a school and also playing cowboys, with 2 other boys, using their fingers as imaginary guns…….They won’t let him return until he see’s a psychiatrist!!!