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Low-tech police work connects Lefeged to gun

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In this age of CSI, it’s refreshing to see a crime or two solved by some good, old-fashioned, low-tech police work.

For Colts defensive back Joe Lefeged and his allegedly illegal possession of a .40-caliber handgun, it doesn’t get much lower tech.

According to Jill Disis of USA Today, documents show that the gun was purchased by Lefeged in February 2013.  And the most damning document — the receipt for the purchase — actually was in the car with the gun.

Lefeged was held without bail pending a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday morning.  Complicating matters for Lefeged and the driver of the car in which he was riding is an alleged effort to flee the police stop, and then ditched the car and ran away.

Lefeged was apprehended.  The driver is still at large.

Lefeged faces charges of carrying a firearm without license, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing unregistered ammunition, having a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of an open container of alcohol.

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66 Responses to “Low-tech police work connects Lefeged to gun”
  1. relggigeht says: Jul 2, 2013 10:11 AM

    GO STEELERS!!

  2. 8ovie8 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:13 AM

    Hummffff… this is boring compared to the new star serial killer. Come on NFL you can do better!

  3. fafaflunky says: Jul 2, 2013 10:13 AM

    what a moron..

  4. natelan69 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:16 AM

    I fear gun owners, not because of their guns, but because of their small minds and fragile egos.

  5. wacco4flacco says: Jul 2, 2013 10:17 AM

    How did the police run after and catch a NFL defensive back, but the other guy got away?

  6. quickdraw85 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:20 AM

    As a steelers fan, you sir are an idiot.

  7. dsimp724 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:22 AM

    Wait maybe he had the receipt still cause he was going to return it. Feb to July is that within the return policy?

  8. tombradyswig says: Jul 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    relggigeht maybe your squealers will be 8-8 agian, prob 7-9 though. Tomlin is horrible!

  9. vdogg says: Jul 2, 2013 10:24 AM

    Maybe his friend should’ve been signed instead. He’s clearly faster since he’s the one that got away….

  10. heyguru1969 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:24 AM

    Joe, it looks very much like you’re LeF—-ed!

  11. jimmyt says: Jul 2, 2013 10:25 AM

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

  12. ramrene says: Jul 2, 2013 10:26 AM

    How the hell does some civilian outrun an NFL defensive back?

  13. jimmyt says: Jul 2, 2013 10:27 AM

    “Possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing unregistered ammunition, having a firearm in a motor vehicle”.

    What “state” was this in, Russia?

  14. logicalvoicesisnotlogical says: Jul 2, 2013 10:29 AM

    This doesn’t make sense he has a receipt for the gun. How is it unregistered and how is he not licensed? I’m almost positive to purchase a gun in the state of Maryland you can’t purchase a gun with out a license and then after its purchased it becomes registered.

  15. vivaronmexico says: Jul 2, 2013 10:32 AM

    it’s splitting hairs, but I’m pretty sure DC got rid of the “carrying a firearm without license” a couple years ago. there’s no way to get a license, so now it’s just CP, carrying a pistol.

  16. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 2, 2013 10:33 AM

    The kid is an alright player, easily replaced should any of this be true. It figures he would be in Washington D.C. when this happened, that terrible Redskin influence is rubbing off on him most likely, or its the town itself, take your pick.

  17. d0minate says: Jul 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    You can’t buy guns in the backwards state he resides in??
    Not a single thing in this list should be a crime.

    “Possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing unregistered ammunition, having a firearm in a motor vehicle”

  18. rodgers419 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    You can thank the sissy girl liberal politicians. Lefeged bought a gun. If they can’t outlaw that you can be sure they’ll create 500 technicalities they can get you on.

  19. isphet71 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:35 AM

    At least he didn’t murder someone?

  20. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 2, 2013 10:36 AM

    I heard they ran on foot before the police caught them. Some D-Back speed this guy has, the driver out ran him. Gun violations should equal dismissal from the NFL, contract tore up (No $ for criminals), cap hit doubled and the increase given to charity.

    I know I’ve been convicted of realestate fraud, but I have a real head for finance, and you should take a chance and give me a job.

  21. zoxitic says: Jul 2, 2013 10:38 AM

    and they check us fans at the gates of stadiums???

  22. tokyosanbblaster says: Jul 2, 2013 10:39 AM

    Big deal – we’ll take him in Green Bay.

  23. relggigeht says: Jul 2, 2013 10:43 AM

    “relggigeht maybe your squealers will be 8-8 agian, prob 7-9 though. Tomlin is horrible!”

    Patriots = Spy Gate = Murder

  24. Patriot42 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:44 AM

    “I fear gun owners, not because of their guns, but because of their small minds and fragile egos.”

    Legitimate gun owners who use the prevailing laws that allow a person to be issued a license when they have successfully taken the necessarily training do not have small minds or fragile egos any more they you do.

  25. grudenlikesme says: Jul 2, 2013 10:51 AM

    This doesn’t make sense… How does he have a reciept for the gun but not have a permit or license ? SHouldn’t the dealer be in trouble as well ?

  26. granadafan says: Jul 2, 2013 10:55 AM

    I’m no T-bagger nor a liberal and can therefore look at our current gun laws and realize that the system is not ideal. However, this story is incomplete. He bought the gun in a store and would have had to wait the mandatory cooling off period. Once he buys it, it’s automatically registered. How is that illegal? I get that he probably didnt store it properly, ie, locked in a trunk with the ammo separate.

  27. Grulks says: Jul 2, 2013 10:57 AM

    For those of you commenting on what state this was in, or how having a receipt didn’t also register the firearm, I’ll clarify as best I can (I’m local to the region). he was arrested in DC, but he lives in Maryland. DC doesnt allow for open OR concealed carry, nor does it allow passthrough laws. There is some confusion on the legality of passthrough, but for all intents and purposes, it looks like DC is claiming that if you own a gun and even if it is registered in the state you bought it, that doesnt cut it as far as the weapon being registered/licensed in DC.

  28. starrtodowler says: Jul 2, 2013 11:02 AM

    What Patriot42 said. If the average legitimate gun owner in this country was dangerous, there would have been about 84,000,000 gun-related crimes in the United States YESTERDAY.

  29. kennyrogerschicken says: Jul 2, 2013 11:07 AM

    natelan69 says:
    Jul 2, 2013 10:16 AM
    I fear gun owners, not because of their guns, but because of their small minds and fragile egos.

    ———-

    Because all people who own guns are the same, right? You personify the small minded, and clearly have no understanding of egos as far as gun owners go.

  30. dcapettini says: Jul 2, 2013 11:08 AM

    ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the defense of a free state…” Now, which of you gun nuts belongs to a “well regulated militia”? As I understand it, militias are outlawed in every state, having been folded into the National Guard, which does not permit its members to take their weapons home with them.

  31. mullman7675 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:13 AM

    @jimmyt: Oh my god, we are doomed.

    The gun toting fools in this country will never understand.

    The NRA and those who support are the scariest people in the world.

    Simpletons.

  32. scandiman says: Jul 2, 2013 11:14 AM

    Quickly! We must ban all guns in Amerika, allow gays to marry, and the Redskins name MUST be changed NOW!

    There is nothing more important for the future of this country!

  33. grantlee11 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:14 AM

    Somebody has to cover Titus Young in the prison yard. Funny neither of them could outrun the police though.

  34. bowdowntothebengals says: Jul 2, 2013 11:17 AM

    Go Bengals!

  35. vivaronmexico says: Jul 2, 2013 11:18 AM

    “he was arrested in DC, but he lives in Maryland. DC doesnt allow for open OR concealed carry, nor does it allow passthrough laws. There is some confusion on the legality of passthrough, but for all intents and purposes”

    the only passthrough you’re allowed is if you are heading directly to/from the shooting range, and the gun is stored in the trunk separate from the ammo. being unaware of the district’s gun laws is no excuse.

  36. wryly1 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:22 AM

    Loaded gun and consuming alcohol in a moving vehicle. Sounds like a real astro-physicist.

  37. roosky75 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:22 AM

    In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment “codified a pre-existing right” and that it “protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home” but also stated that “the right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose”.

  38. roosky75 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:23 AM

    I guess Lefeged must have been doing “whatsoever” when he was arrested.

  39. jimmyt says: Jul 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    dcapettini , your comment says it all. You have no understanding of the meaning of the words that make up the Second Amendment. We don’t have the time or space for US Constitution: 101 here so you will just have to remain ignorant. If you wish, you may try to look up the oldest definitions of “militia” and “well regulated” (they will be the last entries in a good dictionary) and if you open your mind you will see what the Founding Fathers were getting at. I don’t think you could handle the Federalist Papers without proper prior education but that is really where you will find the truthto set you free.

  40. buckeye1nation says: Jul 2, 2013 11:27 AM

    He has to abide by the laws of the state in which he is traveling. Since DC does not have a Peaceable Journey Law, he is required to register the gun and the ammo with DC Police, which apparently he did not.(The registration process also serves as the licensing process). DC does not allow concealed or open carry of a firearm, so that is the charge of firearm in a vehicle.

  41. relggigeht says: Jul 2, 2013 11:28 AM

    “Quickly! We must ban all guns in Amerika, allow gays to marry, and the Redskins name MUST be changed NOW!”

    There is nothing more important for the future of this country!

    There are plenty of important issues to get done in the country…i.e. healthcare, immigration, jobs. But, congressional teabaggers keep $hitting on them.

  42. jayniner says: Jul 2, 2013 11:30 AM

    Even with all these charges, Hernandez makes this guy look like a wussy.

  43. ssxc says: Jul 2, 2013 11:32 AM

    As the NFL offseason turns…

  44. annes22 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:39 AM

    Another class act. Lock him up too. What’s up with all these guys? Too much money and no brain I guess.

  45. relggigeht says: Jul 2, 2013 11:42 AM

    “As a steelers fan, you sir are an idiot.”

    YOU are obviously NO Steelers fan. I am a true Steelers fan.

  46. Grulks says: Jul 2, 2013 11:48 AM

    vivaronmexico says:

    the only passthrough you’re allowed is if you are heading directly to/from the shooting range, and the gun is stored in the trunk separate from the ammo. being unaware of the district’s gun laws is no excuse.
    ———
    Viva,
    I understand the law, I just think there’s some question as to how legal that law is. For example, there is such a thing as reciprocity between states: you don’t get a separate drivers license when you have to drive through maryland, if you live inVA, even if if its not a straight drive there and back situation. This situation is very different of course, but the basic premise and broad outlnes are the same.

    As for not being aware of the gun (or any other type of) laws, I whole heartedly agree. Part of being a responsible gun owner is knowing what the laws are as well as abiding by them. Regardless of whether it is your home state, or traveling through another.

    I was in no way defending the accused, simply explaining for those that were asking questions.

  47. billsfan1 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:00 PM

    How is the more low tech then renting SUV’s using your real information?

  48. terripet says: Jul 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    Cut him now.

  49. johndont says: Jul 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    Never mind the gun – is the car legal.

  50. jetsfan79 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:25 PM

    The jets should trade for him

  51. tinbender2000 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:29 PM

    I can understand the gun in the trunk separate from the ammo, (I’ve installed lock boxes in trunks for customers who travel out of state), but WTF is unlicensed ammunition? If you reload your own where he’s at do you have to re-register it? And at least the receipt proves he’s the Legal owner of the gun.

  52. totallydisgusted says: Jul 2, 2013 12:34 PM

    DC actually had some of the toughest gun laws in the country up until about 4 years ago. DC has no reciprocity. If you have in your car it has to be unloaded, locked up (not the glove compartment either), and seperated from the ammo.
    CSI IS COMPLETE BULL@#$ T AND IS A HORRIBLE REPRESENTATION OF REAL POLICE WORK!

  53. 6kings says: Jul 2, 2013 12:35 PM

    If you and your state wish to enact laws limiting guns, I respect your decision. As for my state and I, we have decided otherwise, and no distant state should try to limit that by federal means.

  54. totallydisgusted says: Jul 2, 2013 12:43 PM

    Just because you buy a gun doesn’t mean its registered. In VA outside of a backround check you can buy a pistol and that’s it. If your friend gives you or sells you his firearm its yours and nobody’s business how you got it.

  55. fafaflunky says: Jul 2, 2013 2:02 PM

    just curious why colts fans always mention the redskins on any topic..indy must be a boring area or your just trolls..

  56. thesteelers says: Jul 2, 2013 2:02 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

    You’re jealous of our prestige?

  57. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    This is too funny especially coming from the colts right coltswin. By the way you can do better than that. Stop play this off like its nothing. Your lunatic gun happy and drugs dealer of a loser is now the face of your franchise. LOL and LMAO Are things that bad in Indy that he a loose cannon next time ask for a trade if he wants out.

  58. bigbadal21 says: Jul 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    dcapettini says:Jul 2, 2013 11:08 AM

    ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the defense of a free state…” Now, which of you gun nuts belongs to a “well regulated militia”? As I understand it, militias are outlawed in every state, having been folded into the National Guard, which does not permit its members to take their weapons home with them.

    As previously mentioned by another poster you have no idea about what you are talking about.

    As far as this case is concerned the people who made these laws in DC are the ones that need to go to jail.

  59. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2013 2:29 PM

    It’s a little ridiculous how easy it is to legally purchase a handgun in Texas…. You can purchase a pistol from a gunshow, your neighbor, or a shady looking guy in a dark alley, with no background check, no registration requirement, and no paperwork. They “recommend” you get a bill of sale, but not required.

    You have to have a license for concealed carry but that doesn’t include your car which in Texas is considered an extension of your house.

    I agree with gun advocates that licensed gun owners are not the problem. But so many of them are so hard headed that they won’t even hear an argument as to limit and regulate gun ownership for the non law abiding citizens.

    I believe that there should be no background check loophole for private sales and gunshows. All firearms transactions should take place via an FFL. Furthermore I believe there should be a special license and additional mental health check requirement for assault weapons.

  60. koufaxmitzvah says: Jul 2, 2013 2:43 PM

    You said it, Jimmy. Well-regulated militia. Not “I’m going to buy as many gunz before dem libruls and that Obama take my gunz away!!!11!!”

    Well-regulated means:

    Not every bozo gets a gun

    Among other things.

  61. thenew013 says: Jul 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    Police only use high tech work in murders or crimes of rich important people. I’ve had my house robbed with visible fingerprints everywhere and they never even bothered to run them.

  62. theelsean says: Jul 2, 2013 3:10 PM

    It shouldn’t be refreshing to see old fashioned police work…the reason it is old fashioned is because criminals got smart and stop using those techniques.

    The problem is that NFL players seem hell bent recently proving that they have not caught up with the smarts of your average criminal.

  63. cmgww says: Jul 2, 2013 4:00 PM

    As a Colts fan, I am pissed at Lefeged for being an idiot. That said, this article is pretty slanted. First, he wasn’t the driver that drove off, nearly hitting the cop. What’s being missed here is that he had a permit for the gun, a Maryland permit. But it doesn’t count in DC. “Lefeged had paperwork from Maryland State Police regarding the firearm, but regardless of the gun’s legal status in that state, it does not carry over to the nation’s capital.” That, and he was released on his own recognizance, which usually means they don’t think he’s a danger to anyone. Stupid? Sure. But let’s stop with the comparisons to Hernandez. He will most likely be cut b/c of this anyway…the Colts don’t put up with too much crap.

  64. bingobrown12 says: Jul 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    So we have fifty states and fifty different gun
    laws?Why don’t these idiots get together and come
    up rules to simplify things,that way if your breaking
    the gun laws in Idaho your breaking them in Georgia
    etc.

  65. bgj47 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:01 PM

    Militia Act of 1903. Every able bodied male aged 17-45 is a member of the Militia in the United States. Secondly, the wording of the 2nd amendment clearly does not grant the right to bear arms. The wording “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” states very clearly the amendment is to protect the inalienable (god given) right to bear arms. These rights in the bill of rights are worded this way to show they were already granted by god at birth and therefore only god can take away what he granted. Agree with the constitution or not, it is the moral contract of our country and is only “open to interpretation” by those who look to restrict the freedoms of others. Not sure how this guy broke any natural laws with his gun possession, his rights sound violated from what I’ve read

  66. bucfandango says: Jul 2, 2013 6:25 PM

    The 2′nd Amendment is the only gun law needed, because criminals don’t abide by the laws, no matter how many you impose or restrictive they become. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. If you don’t drive like a fool, you will not get pulled over.

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