Arlington man surrenders weapons after online posting

By Brock Parker
Globe Correspondent / January 19, 2011

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Police seized a “large amount’’ of weapons and ammunition from an Arlington businessman while investigating whether comments he allegedly made online were intended as a threat to US senators and representatives.

Police Chief Frederick Ryan suspended the firearms license of Travis Corcoran, 39, who runs the online comic book business in Arlington, police said yesterday.

Police Captain Robert Bongiorno said that Corcoran’s firearms license was suspended 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.

After US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in the rampage, police received a tip that Corcoran posted a comment online saying “one down 534 to go’’ in reference to Giffords and 534 other members of the US House of Representatives and the Senate, Bongiorno said.

Police found the comment reposted on in a story that said Corcoran first made the comment in a blog, Bongiorno said. Corcoran has since redacted the comments, but police consider the threat to be credible. The Police Department contacted federal law enforcement agencies about the comment.

Corcoran, who did not return a call for comment yesterday, has not been charged with a crime, Bongiorno said.

Corcoran surrendered his weapons and ammunition to police at his home in Arlington last week after his firearms license was suspended, police said.

Bongiorno said the length of the suspension or whether Corcoran’s license is revoked will be determined by the outcome of the investigation.

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