Matthew Corwin, student body president of east LA college, military veteran and current reservist, was arrested without breaking any laws in SoCal. Like me he is a little bit different than the majority of people in that he is obsessed with firearms. I'd say he is also much more open about it than I am, but he never hurt anyone, and he never broke any laws. But police kicked in his door, arrested him, and charged him with a bunch of bogus weapons violations. The sad fact of the matter seems to be that neither the police nor the criminals know or care what weapons laws are, and only upstanding citizens like Mat follow them. All he ever did to get in trouble was post pictures on myspace of himself and his friends at the range with their guns which imbecile G men in California were too stupid to realize were legal.
He is charged with:
5 counts of 'sale/distribution of assault weapons'
4 counts of 'possession of assault weapons'
1 count of 'recieving stolen property'
2 counts of 'possession of a deadly weapon'
All felonies. His bail is set at 365,000 dollars.
To make it worse, the media is slandering him.
He is in a hell hole of a jail waiting to be tried. He doesn't have the money to make bail, so having waived his right to a speedy trial per his lawyers advice, he is spending his days among murderers, ******* and theives. Again, for having done nothing wrong.
The only thing he may have broken the law with is related to his military service. He is being charged with what I have read people say is bogus as hell, and stuff that many people do apon leaving the military, namely taking a few souvineeres like a chemical protective suit (which very easily could have been purchased at a surplus store) and his ID which is technically government property. If any of you current or former soldiers can disagree or agree with what I have read which is that these are bull**** charges please tell me.
Its a complicated situation, too complicated for me to rattle off all the details, but here are a couple threads on California's main firearms enthusiast gun forum which Matthew posts on as "Blackwaterops" in case anyone wants more information.
Sorry to rant, but shooters are the same all over, and not knowing him, but having much in common with him, it really frosts my ass. The government is severely out of hand here.