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November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities detailed a large cache of guns, explosives and other weapons found Thursday night at the Riverside County home of an alleged arms dealer. Acting on a tip they received over the summer, state agents served a search warrant at the Eastvale home of Victor Christian Robles in the 6400 block of Pimlico Place, according to the state attorney general's office. Authorities said they confiscated: 36.4 grams of C-4 explosive, eight M228 grenade fuses, one igniter time-blasting fuse, one machine gun, one Uzi, one short-barrel shotgun, two Browning M-1919 .30-caliber, one AT4 rocket launcher tube, 40 assault rifles, 68 rifles and 101 handguns.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. "Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags," LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
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NEWS
September 22, 1987 | Associated Press
The Home Office said today it is banning high-powered, self-loading rifles such as the semi-automatic AK-47 used in the massacre of 16 people in the rural English town of Hungerford last month. Home Secretary Douglas Hurd said he also intends to outlaw burst-fire weapons and smooth-bore, short-barreled shotguns under legislation to be introduced in Parliament in the fall. Automatic rifles, such as machine guns, are already banned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An 18-year-old Huntington Park man was arrested on suspicion of firing a rifle into the air on New Year's Eve, police said. A caller initially alerted police to the gunfire, reporting a man firing a weapon in an alley in the 7000 block of Marbrisa Avenue, according to the Huntington Park Police Department. Responding officers saw the suspect standing in a group of people and witnessed him shoot into the air, police said. The man -- identified by police as Andrew Figueroa -- was arrested and the rifle was confiscated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1989
One could probably surmise that the authors of the Constitution, were they alive today, would say they had no more intention of including assault rifles under the Second Amendment than pornographic material under the First. The Times, however, somehow manages to defend the "rights" of bookstores to sell such trash while hotly condemning stores selling assault rifles. Under the guise of freedom of press, The Times excuses "consenting adults who come to the store seeking it (pornographic material)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Police officers in the Fontana Unified School District were armed recently with semiautomatic rifles, drawing sharp criticism and sparking an effort to ban such weapons on school campuses. The Colt military-style rifles, which cost about $1,000 each, are kept in safes when officers are on campus and will be used only in "extreme emergency cases" like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Supt. Cali Olsen-Binks said. The district purchased the rifles in October and received them in December, before the tragedy in Newtown, where a gunman killed 26 people - 20 of them children - at an elementary school.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Dan Turner
The national obsession with guns, and the lunacy of American gun laws that set different rules for gun resellers than new-gun dealers or that allow people to possess military assault rifles intended to kill cops rather than hunt deer or protect one's home, are frequent fodder for Times editorials. But things are different in California; not only does this state have some of the toughest gun restrictions in the nation, its largely urban and liberal Legislature sometimes treads unacceptably on 2nd Amendment rights -- in a way that offends even some gun-control advocates.
NEWS
February 11, 1991 | Reuters
A U.S. divisional commander in the Gulf War has ordered his soldiers not to load their rifles unless on guard duty after a spate of accidental firings, the division's safety manager said. "The word is that we will not lock and load until contact with the enemy is imminent," said Mel Kelder, civilian safety manager of the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division. "In the area where we're located now, we're not in danger."
NEWS
June 30, 1994
Members of a wildlife society established after the shooting of a bear in Azusa presented two tranquilizer rifles to the state Department of Fish and Game in the Monrovia City Council chambers Friday. The San Gabriel Mountains Bear and Wildlife Preservation Society, formed earlier this month, raised about $1,000 in 12 days to buy the rifles, said Craig Bonholtzer, founder and president. Bonholtzer said 16 individuals and organizations, including local police unions, contributed to the fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The mayor is speaking out against special-issue rifles that carry the city's name. The .22-caliber Ruger is engraved with a stagecoach and "City of Elk Grove Special Edition." It's one of several guns marketed by a Colorado company to specific communities. "I'm livid," Mayor Sophia Scherman said. "This is a total misappropriation of the name of our city." Only 26 of the $599 rifles have been made, said Bill Daley, marketing director for Investment Arms in Fort Collins, Colo.
WORLD
December 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose eponymous assault rifle changed the face of international conflict, died Monday at a clinic in central Russia. He was 94. The creator of the legendary AK-47, which became widely known as the Kalashnikov, was hospitalized a month ago with stomach bleeding for which he was operated on, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. Until his last day, Kalashnikov was the head of Izhmash, a weapons manufacturing plant in Izhevsk, the capital of the central Russian republic of Udmurtia.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS - Back in 1963, Dallas Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone rushed to the scene of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, Boone, 75 and living in Abilene, Texas, shared memories of that day, including how he happened to know Jack Ruby. He also described two searches - one of a rail yard, the other of the Texas School Book Depository, where he found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald. On Wednesday, Boone will participate in a panel discussion of assassination witnesses at the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A home in Eastvale was raided Thursday by state agents who seized explosives and dozens of assault rifles. The search warrant was served at 6489 Pimlico Place, and law enforcement officers from the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Firearms led the raid, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise . "We're seizing explosives and assault weapons," an agent who declined to give his name told the Press-Enterprise. The agent said the explosives were C4.  ALSO: LAX shooting: Moment of silence planned for slain TSA agent Cancer patient's pre-surgery flash mob dance goes viral, inspires 90-foot Christmas tree arrives at Newport Beach's Fashion Island   Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities detailed a large cache of guns, explosives and other weapons found Thursday night at the Riverside County home of an alleged arms dealer. Acting on a tip they received over the summer, state agents served a search warrant at the Eastvale home of Victor Christian Robles in the 6400 block of Pimlico Place, according to the state attorney general's office. Authorities said they confiscated: 36.4 grams of C-4 explosive, eight M228 grenade fuses, one igniter time-blasting fuse, one machine gun, one Uzi, one short-barrel shotgun, two Browning M-1919 .30-caliber, one AT4 rocket launcher tube, 40 assault rifles, 68 rifles and 101 handguns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Joseph Tanfani and Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The semiautomatic rifle used in the LAX shooting rampage Friday was purchased at a Van Nuys gun store and could fit into the bag the alleged gunman brought to the airport, a federal law enforcement source told The Times. The source said the weapon was a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, 5.56-millimeter and .223-caliber, which was purchased at the Target Range Gun Store, 16140 Cohasset St., Van Nuys. The source said the weapon is not “collapsible,” but it could “easily fit ready to fire” into the luggage bag the alleged shooter brought into the airport, added the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.
NEWS
May 20, 1989 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
Threatened by the superior firepower of drug traffickers, the Highway Patrol is quietly arming its officers in rural regions of California with semiautomatic rifles identical to the weapons used by prison guards in gun towers. CHP Commissioner M.J. (Maury) Hannigan said Friday that 173 of the rapid-firing Ruger Mini-14 rifles have been deployed to CHP posts from Eureka to El Centro and 77 more will soon be issued. The Mini-14 had been on the Legislature's list of military-style assault weapons to be outlawed.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
Sweeping legislation that would outlaw new assault rifles won an important boost Wednesday as a Senate subcommittee--sidestepping a potential deadlock--voted 5 to 1 to send a pair of competing proposals to full committee for consideration. Both measures would ban the importation and sale of such well-known military-style rifles as the AK-47, the Uzi carbine and the Colt AR-15, but they differ in the number of other types of guns that would be banned. Although unable to decide between the two versions, the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution made clear its determination to ban such weapons and urged the full committee to move quickly to send the legislation to the Senate floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
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