10 Athletes Who Own Way Too Many Guns

Eric NewmanCorrespondent IIIJanuary 5, 2012

10 Athletes Who Own Way Too Many Guns

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    Pro athletes are very much in the public eye. Some get attacked by crazed fans. Some get targeted by criminals looking for a big score. Many get endlessly harassed and heckled.

    Like all of us, athletes have the right to protect themselves and their families. Some choose to do this by keeping a personal firearm close at hand. A logical and sensible choice, many would argue.

    But doubts and concerns arise with the few athletes who go beyond packing heat and start stockpiling it.

    Click on to see 10 athletes with personal arsenals. The ranking is done by number of guns owned (known or suspected).

10. Faustino Asprilla

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    Voted the world's sixth best soccer player in 1996, apparently soccer balls aren't the only thing Asprilla likes to shoot.

    Allegedly he once pulled out a machine gun and peppered a security checkpoint when the officers there gave him a hard time.

    It's unclear how many weapons he owns, but if the allegation is true, even one is too many for this hot-blooded athlete.

9. Jayson Williams

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    Number of guns owned: a collection; exact number: unknown

    Back in 2002, he was showing off his gun collection to 10 friends. He snapped a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun closed, not realizing one barrel was loaded.

    The weapon fired and killed his limo driver, Costas Christofi.

    Again like Faustino Asprilla, even one is too many for this guy.

8. James Harrison

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    Number of guns owned: at least 2

    Seen here are his FN Five-Seven pistol and a Smith & Wesson 460V revolver.

    Man, I wish I accessorized that well with guns. 

7. Karl Malone

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    "...You can take away a lot of things from Karl Malone,

    but his guns, that's not one of them..." -- Karl Malone

    Number of guns owned: unknown

    But it must be multiple, because he speaks of keeping them in a secure place. 

    Malone is a true aficionado. He claims he got his first gun at age 8 and that guns have continued to be a big part of his life.

6. Delonte West

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    Number of guns owned: at least three.

    The info came out when a police officer pulled West over for making a dangerous lane change in his Can-Am Spyder.

    West then made the genius move of telling the officer he was packing.

    The officer called for backup. According to a spokesman for the police, the officers found a Beretta 9mm in West's waistband, a Ruger .357 magnum strapped to his leg and a shotgun in a guitar case slung over his back.

5. Lonny Baxter

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    Number of guns owned: four or more

    A government press release details Baxter's weaponry purchases.

4. Bo Jackson

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    Number of guns owned: unknown

    But he has a man cave full of weaponry. Also very into bows and arrows. He even paints and pieces together his arrows himself.

    And then there's the story of him taking out a black bear with a pistol at point-blank range.

3. Lito Sheppard

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    Number of guns owned: 17

    Guess once his NFL career winds down, he can hire himself out as a soldier of fortune.

2. Jeremy Mayfield

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    Number of guns owned: 40 plus

    That's right more than 40. Mostly rifles and shotguns, but a few handguns too.

    I guess this ex-NASCAR driver was looking on to his next big thrill: invading a hostile country single-handedly.

1. Randy Orton

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    According to the Sports Entertainment Scoops web site, Orton has his own vault.

    How many guns inside? Too many to count. You can try if you want to. Check out these pictures.