By Beth Germano, WBZ-TVBy Beth Germano

ARLINGTON (CBS) – A blog threatening members of Congress in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting has prompted Arlington police to temporarily suspend the firearms license of an Arlington man.

It was the headline “1 down and 534 to go” that caught the attention. “One” refers to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in the rampage, while 534 refers to the other members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Police are investigating the “suitability” of 39-year-old Travis Corcoran to have a firearms license

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“We certainly take this as a credible threat, and credible until we prove otherwise,” said Arlington police Captain Robert Bongiorno.

In his blog Corcoran writes, “It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot indiscriminately. Target only politicians and their staff and leave regular citizens alone.”

Travis Corcoran of Arlington

Police visited Corcoran’s home and found a “large amount” of weapons and ammunition. Sources told WBZ-TV that 11 guns were removed.

The length of the suspension, or whether Corcoran’s license will be revoked will be determined by the outcome of the investigation.

Corcoran runs an online comic book business, HeavyInk.com, in Arlington. His views prompted comic book writers like Paul Cornell to tweet his fans, “I can’t stop someone selling my books, but please don’t buy them from HeavyInk.” And another from writer Gail Simone, “You have my pity. May you grow a soul someday, because you desperately are in need of one.”

Corcoran, who has no criminal history, has not been arrested and does not face any charges. Arlington police saying they are working with the Capitol Police in their investigation, and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been alerted.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi contributed to this report.

Beth Germano

Comments (480)
  1. EndTheFed says:

    I was under the impression that there is no need for a license when it is a right. Is the 2nd amendment a right or a privilege (rhetorical)?

  2. Paul Pechonis says:

    I wonder if someone ratted on him or if this just one more example of an internet police witch hunt. The erosion or our first amendment rights is a priority for the forces seeking to oppress us. Whether we like or dislike what was said, we cannot allow our freedom of speech to be challenged, if we do it becomes a stepping stone towards a big brother policed state. Never mind, it has already happened.

    1. Michael says:

      The Arlington police did say they found the post while reading a comic book website written by Laura Hudson who excels in out of context writing. So you could say it was both.

      1. Paul Pechonis says:

        interesting reading material for the police, wouldnt you say.

  3. Jeff Adamson says:

    Permit? You people need a PERMIT to own a gun? Oh, that’s right, you live in Bahsten, Massachuesetts…you have no 2nd Amendment there.

  4. Chuck says:

    All speech is protected!! Don’t you morons have anything better to do than try so hard to shift the blame from the person responsible?? Gun Control is hitting what your aiming at!

  5. MDM says:

    That, “Bang Bang” applies in airports, where there is an implicit surrender of rights in order to board a aircraft. Stupid remarks, even yours, are protected in ordinary conversation and publication.

    The question in this instance would seem to hinge on whether a credible threat was made. The Magic 8-ball says: “No.”

    Grab some popcorn. The real fun starts when someone reads the Heller decision and realizes that Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 and Section 242 specify that the police department has just committed Federal felonies.

  6. T Fries says:

    Freedom of speech is dead.

    He did not make a direct threat unless YOU choose to perceive it that way.

    Freedom of speech is dead.

    Hail victory.

  7. RAY says:

    GEORGE CARLIN PRESENTED A DISCOURSE ON WORDS THAT YOU CAN NOT SAY ON TELEVISION. BUT, THAT WAS WAY BEFORE THE TIME OF MANY OF YOU. OR, MAYBE YOU BELEIVE ANY LANGUAGE IS SUITABLE TO LITTLE KIDS. AND, YOU PROBABLY THINK RAP IS ACTUALLY MUSIC.

  8. BB says:

    I can’t say that I don’t think that this man was somewhat irresponsible. But if some our “prominent political leaders” can publicly advocate terrorism and suggest that one who they don’t like should be assassinated. then they should be held accountable also. We don’t need the Clinton, Palin, etc. mentality in our country. If they are allowed to get away with irresponsible statements then he should also.

  9. Do not understand says:

    Its really strange that this person is targeted for his comments, when everyday these elected people are depriving average person the right to live, the only difference here is the weapon of choice they do it by economic deprivation and manuipulation.These politicians threaten other nations and even have started wars with false base and plenty blood on there hands.
    What this has shown that we do live in dictatorial land its a police state. People this will get worse the rich and powerful will continue to control regulate to there advantage, the police serve the elite not average person the elite control there pay checks., Yes police do capture some bad people however if they focus there attention on these rich & political people they will also see the blatant criminal activity in plain view. Sorry that USA is now in hands of the powerful greedy & oppressive people. A lot of us do not want death and destruction but thats ultimately with human behavor sad but true just live for the moment and hope for change where peace and a fair life will be available for everyone.

  10. lasisblog says:

    New York Law School’s legal journalism blog recently published a piece on the legal issues behind the seizure of this retailer’s guns. Maybe he shouldn’t have been penalized for his views – take a look: http://www.lasisblog.com/2011/02/22/dangerous-threat-or-politically-challenged/

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