Javonnie James Tate: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

Mr. Tate (courtesy wncn.com)

Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .

Members of the Sheriff’s [Durham, NC] Anti-Crime Narcotic Unit searched the home at 303 Laurel Oaks Drive.

Weapons found under a child's mattress (courtesy wncn.com)

A loaded AR-15 assault rifle and a loaded .45-caliber handgun were found under a mattress in a child’s bedroom, authorities said.

Authorities also seized a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun with a loaded 50-round drum magazine, boxes of ammunition, 495 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,000, more than $1,800 in U.S. currency, 123 grams of marijuana, and digital scales.

Javonnie James Tate, 29, has been charged with:

Mr. Tate's "arsenal" (courtesy wncn.com)

Level 3 trafficking in cocaine (more than 400 grams)
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver cocaine
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver marijuana
Felony Possession of cocaine
Felony Possession of marijuana
Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Twenty-thousand bucks and Mr. Tate didn’t think to buy a gun safe for his gats (and drugs)? I know what you’re thinking: being a criminal is irresponsible. Why bother with gun safety? Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you have to be stupid. At least in theory.


  1. avatar Jjimmyjonga says:

    They forgot tax evasion ….oh well maybe only suckers like us pay something so silly as income tax, so we can keep Mr. Tate’s large family fed, housed, and free medical. I hope Bernie wins so Mr. Tate’s gets even more of our hard earned $’s.

    1. avatar joe says:

      taxation is theft

      1. avatar Jjimmyjonga says:

        Nope…perfectly legal, thus not theft. Theft is clearly defined in our legal system. I am happy to pay taxes for services i use, and those items that benefit our nation, defense, and citizens advancement as a whole, even those taxes that benefit agriculture and transportation systems, which benefit western beef ranchers. Unlimited lifetime welfare and benefits for other’s poor choices, and their families, I am not ok with. That’s my opinion.

        1. avatar Omer Baker says:

          Taxes are most certainly theft. Taxation may be legal, but the government does lots of things that are wrong, but legal. We, as citizens, give the government certain powers to act as our agents. If we do not have the power to do something, then how can an agent, who we give power to, have powers that the we citizens never had to give?

          Think about all of the things that the government does, per law, that they should not do, that is immoral, ill advised, or down right evil or with malice, yet perfectly legal. Those same things done by ordinary citizens will land that citizen in jail. Taxes are on that list.

        2. avatar Baldwin says:

          Legal taxes funding so, so many unconstitutional bureaucracies imposing unconstitutional laws, regulations, and imperial orders…

        3. avatar Stuki Moi says:

          Wantonly killing people is murder, even if some “legal system” says it is a-ok, because the dead ones happen to be infidels.

        4. avatar js says:

          And merely your opinion.

          It’s theft.

        5. avatar Stinkeye says:

          Taking something from someone against their will using the threat of violence is a dictionary definition of theft. And if you think there’s no implicit threat of violence behind taxes, refuse to pay yours for a while. Eventually some guys with guns will come to your house to discuss it.

  2. avatar pieslapper says:

    Dindu nuffin, turning his life around, kept down by the man, framed by the po-lice… Obviously we need more gun control of the law abiding in order to stop this.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Javonnie James Tate should have been arrested for having a stupid name. I mean really . . . what the hell kind of name is James?

  4. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    I would also add felony child endangerment for the guns under the mattress. Buy hay I’m no layer.

    1. avatar Stuki Moi says:

      Kid’s gotta be equipped to defend himself, when competing businessmen come looking for daddy….

  5. avatar Tommycat says:

    Well if they were smart they wouldn’t be criminals…

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Tell that to the criminals who haven’t been caught.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Such as? Every criminal I ever met had a record stretching back to his childhood. Outside of hollywood and the comic books supercrooks only exist in DC. We elect those.

        1. avatar Ironhorse says:


    2. avatar John L. says:

      Sure they would. They’d just be behind a desk at a bank holding a pen, not in front of a teller holding a gun.

  6. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    well at least that’s one less democrat voting this fall…..TRUMP 2016

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    A pound of blow and they didn’t find Charlie Sheen?

    1. avatar pirateye says:

      Ya gotta have hookers in the mix to find Charlie.

    2. avatar Vhyrus says:

      He’s off the blow. His new drug of choice is AZT.

    3. avatar Stuki Moi says:

      If only Sheen had been around, there wouldn’t be any blow left to find….

  8. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Guy will likely sit in lockup for 13 or 14 months while the police try to get the case together for the prosecution. Prosecutor/defense find mistakes/omissions in documentation/evidence/procedure…….guy walks. Or, no mistakes are found, but for whatever reason, as oftentimes occurs, the prosecution drops the firearm charges, gets a prosecution/sentence on the dope. The defendant will get a shorter sentence, shortened further by time served. Many of the charges announced to “OMG” the press WILL be reduced or dropped, and this guy will be back to doing the same sh!t all over again.

    But………………..but we need MORE gun laws to stop guys like these.

  9. avatar matty9 says:

    Tell that to the criminals who haven’t been caught? Good point. The FBI’s stats show %65 (last I checked, it’s been a while) of all murders are solved. So based on that all one has to do is be in the top %30 brain power wise, and crime would be a cake walk. But……..even smart killers get busted. Not a safe gamble. Guess I’ll just stick with my day job.

  10. avatar t says:

    Having a bunch of pot coke and guns shouldn’t be illegal and if you believe that then you bow down to the big government which is more than willing to take away even more of your rights

  11. avatar Wright says:

    He’ll definitely get life now because he had those high capacity assault clipazines for his 45 mm glock brand glock. Sarc/

  12. avatar Socrates says:

    He’ll get life if one of the guns traces back to a murder

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Outside of CSI, how often does that even happen? Without reasonable suspicion, is it even legal to test them?

  13. avatar Federal Farmer says:

    If Obama had a son, he’d look like Javonnie.

  14. avatar Ironhorse says:

    He’s a felon illegally possessing firearms??? Say it isn’t so! He must’ve bought them off the internet like Amy Schumer told me so!

  15. avatar LarryinTX says:

    I’m guessing this guy is in big trouble, probably a 30-day suspended sentence, because if yomama had a son, he would look like this.

  16. avatar Hashim Black says:

    Damn he just came home from prison about a year and half back to three meals a day and all men

    1. avatar ALBERT PARKER says:


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