Man who hunted bin Laden busted for illegal firearm

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 17:05 EDT
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Gary Brooks Faulkner, the American man who hunted Osama bin Laden. Image: Screenshot via YouTube.
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An American businessman who was arrested in Pakistan last year carrying a pistol, dagger and samurai sword, claiming to be on a mission to find and kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, is now facing a new form of justice in his homeland.

Gary Brooks Faulkner, whose odd quest earned him a modicum of fame in the states and even led him to become the subject of a feature-length documentary, was caught unlawfully possessing a firearm, which he discharged at a person attempting to burglarize his apartment.

When police responded to the incident, they confiscated his weapon. After a background check days later, police discovered that Faulkner is an ex-convict who spent 12 years in jail — which means it’s illegal for him to possess a firearm in the U.S.

A felony summons was issued and Faulkner was subsequently arrested.

He’s has been in jail since Sept. 1, according to Wired magazine, after failing to post a $10,000 bond.

This video is from the documentary “Binny Boy,” detailing Faulkner’s odd search for Osama bin Laden.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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