U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is off to a tough start this week. Her Republican voters are wavering on their support. Two Democratic opponents have emerged. A CNN interview Monday ended in a tiff. And now this: her husband reported an AR-15 rifle stolen from the family’s home in Dunn last week.
The weapon had been left leaning against a gun locker in an unlocked garage on Kingsway Drive, according to a police report. The rifle, a gun case and a GPS, with a cumulative value of $1,100, were reported stolen, according to Chief J.D. Pope. Police think the theft happened on the night of Oct. 15.
The weapon belonged to Ellmers’ college-aged son, he confirmed. Ellmers was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the theft. “Gun safety is of the utmost importance in their household, which is exactly why she’s so upset and doesn't understand how this happened,” an Ellmers spokesman said.
The police report did not indicate whether there was any ammunition in or near the gun or whether there was a lock on it. And unless the gun has been stolen by a minor, it appears unlikely that the reportedly unsecured status of the gun would open its owners to any charge under state or federal gun laws. Read more here.
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