Police have seized a "large amount" of weapons and ammunition from an Arlington resident who runs an online business while investigating whether his blog comments were intended as a threat to US Congressmen and senators, Boston.com reported Jan. 18.
Police Chief Frederick Ryan has also suspended the firearms license of Travis Corcoran, 39, who runs the online comic book business HeavyInk.com in Arlington.
Police Captain Robert Bongiorno told Globe reporter Brock Parker that police suspended Corcoran’s firearms license on the grounds of "suitability" pending the results of an investigation into whether a comment Corcoran allegedly made online was intended as a threat in reference to the Jan. 8 shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and 13 wounded.
Corcoran has not been charged. His weapons and license are on hold pending the outcome of the investigation.
The weekly log from Arlington police notes a report at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at 39 Evergreen Lane. The address off Summer Street near the Lexington line is Corcoran's home.
YourArlington requested a copy of that police report and asked about the number and kind of weapons taken, but Bongiorno wrote in an e-mail Jan. 18:
"Unfortunately, since this is an active and ongoing investigation I cannot release the police reports. I also cannot comment on how many weapons were seized except to say it was a large amount, which included ammunition."
He added: "This investigation is time consuming and complex since it involves the Arlington Police Department and multiple federal law enforcement agencies."
Corcoran's blog is called "Dispatches from TJICistan" at http://tjic.com/, but that sites appears to down. Various online accounts, including this one, recently summarized the posting in question. WickedLocal published this story Jan. 12 about the Libertarian whose views have been well known to those on the Arlington e-mail list until early 2005, when he stopped posting there.
The Advocate did not publish the initial story because it was available too late for the print deadline, said the editor, Nicole Laskowski. That story quotes Corcoran as saying he wrote the blog entry for his friends.
Corcoran has been asked to comment.
This story was published at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, and updated the next day.