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September 27, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
The increase in international terrorism has prompted the California Highway Patrol, which has quietly protected dignitaries for more than half a century, to purchase $25,000 worth of submachine guns for use in guarding visiting officials. Bill Oliver, a CHP personnel and training administrator, said that until recently, "traditional weaponry," such as revolvers and shotguns, was considered an adequate defense for Highway Patrol officers escorting dignitaries' motorcades.
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October 25, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Downey police officer who shot and killed a man using a submachine gun in a case of mistaken identity acted lawfully and won't face criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Officer Steven Gilley fatally shot Michael Nida, 31, of South Gate in the back on Oct. 22, 2011, after Nida was mistaken for a suspect wanted in an armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM near Imperial Highway and Paramount Boulevard. The shooting has led to regular protests at Downey City Council meetings and a lawsuit by Nida's family that alleges he was wrongfully killed and his civil rights were violated.
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April 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Federal agents fighting America's war against drugs got a hefty boost of firepower Wednesday with the announcement here that they will be issued semiautomatic submachine guns. Each of South Florida's 341 Drug Enforcement Administration agents will be issued a 9-millimeter Colt semiautomatic submachine gun that will fire three bursts every time an agent pulls the trigger, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A cache of Los Angeles Police Department submachine guns and handguns was stolen last week from a secured building used by the department's SWAT unit, raising fears that the weapons, which police had altered to fire only blanks, could be converted back to lethal use, police officials confirmed. The weapons, which include 21 MP-5 submachine guns and 12 large caliber handguns, were moved Wednesday night to a multistory building at 14th and San Pedro streets downtown and stored in a locked box on the building's first floor, said LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Uzi Gal, who invented the Uzi submachine gun favored by military commandos, Secret Service agents, underworld figures and a variety of Hollywood film characters, has died. He was 79. Gal, who had suffered from cancer and other illnesses for many years, died Saturday in his Philadelphia home. First made in 1954 by Israel Military Industries, the weapon has been sold in 90 countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1985 | ANDY FURILLO and BORIS YARO, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles police officers and federal investigators have arrested two men and confiscated more than 150 guns in what authorities believe was the breakup of a major weapons-trafficking ring. One of the suspects was described by police Friday as "a self-professed Nazi enthusiast . . . involved in the illegal sale and trafficking of weapons throughout the United States."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1985 | G. M. BUSH, Times Staff Writer
A burglary suspect was shot and killed by a Huntington Beach police officer after the suspect opened fire with a submachine gun, hitting the officer, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, in the chest, authorities said Sunday. The policeman was not seriously injured. A second suspect escaped and several blocks of Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Huntington Beach were closed to traffic Sunday morning while police searched for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1987
An 8-year-old Vista girl testified Tuesday that she heard Sheriff's Deputy James Bennetts fire first at Mark Raymond Phelps and Phelps fired back in self-defense in a brief but furious gun battle July 31. Summer Nesbitt, who was playing in her yard when Bennetts and Phelps began exchanging gunfire, admitted she did not tell the truth when she told a television reporter that Phelps was shot when he was surrendering with his hands up. "I was scared and so I didn't tell the truth," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 14-year-old Nordhoff High School student was taken into custody Thursday night on suspicion of aiming a plastic replica of a submachine gun at passing motorists in downtown Ojai, authorities said Friday. An unidentified passerby called sheriff's deputies about 7 p.m. Thursday and reported seeing someone aiming a gun at drivers near Rincon Street and East Ojai Avenue, authorities said.
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November 22, 1987 | United Press International
Robbers used a wheelchair to smuggle weapons past a bank's metal detector Friday and escaped with about $80,000 in cash, police said. A man in the wheelchair carried at least two pistols, a submachine gun and a knife through the metal detector and distributed them to four confederates once they were inside the bank, witnesses said. The five robbers then locked clients and staff in the bank's vault while they stole all the money that was readily available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Ching-Ching Ni
Nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens street gang, including a suspected hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, have been arrested on drug trafficking and weapons charges, federal officials said Friday. The suspects -- six U.S. citizens and three illegal Mexican immigrants -- were arrested Thursday as agents served search warrants in Bell Gardens and Los Angeles, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Their arrests culminated a nine-month investigation by the agency of the Barrio Evil 13 street gang.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2008 | From Newsday
Straphangers in New York now have an extra layer of security: police officers armed with submachine guns and accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs. Five or six teams, made up of six police officers and a dog, will patrol heavily used subway stations and lines as part of Operation TORCH (Transit Operational Response With Canine and Heavy Weapons). "We're doing everything that we reasonably can to prevent an attack," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last week.
NEWS
November 18, 2004 | Pete Metzger, Times Staff Writer
The "Halo 2" hype engine is hitting on all cylinders. Peek at any gaming website or the gamer TV network G4 these days, and all you'll see is how this latest installment is the best thing to happen to pop culture since Heather Locklear returned to prime time. Come on. Really. That good? In a word: absofreaking- lutely. "Halo 2" sucks you down into its futuristic vastness and doesn't let you up for air until its beauty is burned into your mind's eye.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 14-year-old Nordhoff High School student was taken into custody Thursday night on suspicion of aiming a plastic replica of a submachine gun at passing motorists in downtown Ojai, authorities said Friday. An unidentified passerby called sheriff's deputies about 7 p.m. Thursday and reported seeing someone aiming a gun at drivers near Rincon Street and East Ojai Avenue, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Uzi Gal, who invented the Uzi submachine gun favored by military commandos, Secret Service agents, underworld figures and a variety of Hollywood film characters, has died. He was 79. Gal, who had suffered from cancer and other illnesses for many years, died Saturday in his Philadelphia home. First made in 1954 by Israel Military Industries, the weapon has been sold in 90 countries.
NEWS
March 29, 1999 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dramatic instance of the anti-American sentiment sweeping Russia because of NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, a man fired a submachine gun Sunday at the U.S. Embassy here, raking its walls with bullets. The yolk-colored exterior of the embassy, now spattered in many bright hues, is showing the effects of four days of protests--probably the most heated ever seen there--by demonstrators who have hurled paint, rocks, beer and eggs, burned American flags, broken windows and urinated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1987
A 17-year-old juvenile was apprehended Wednesday night and turned over to his parents after police said he leaned out of his car and threatened to blow off the head of a limousine driver with what appeared to be an Uzi submachine gun. The weapon proved to be a replica pellet gun, and not the compact, Israeli-made firearm. "It looks 100% like the real thing," marveled police spokesman Kent Stoddard. "If you had the real gun and this gun side by side, you couldn't tell the difference."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1985
A suspected narcotics dealer was killed Thursday in an exchange of gunfire with a sheriff's special weapons team leader during a siege at a West Covina home. A Sheriff's Department spokesman said the suspect opened fire with an automatic weapon on Sgt. Ken Johnson, who returned the fire and killed him. A 2-year-old boy in the house at 720 S. La Serena Drive was wounded in the foot by an apparent ricochet, Deputy Sam Jones said.
NEWS
September 28, 1994 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As dozens of U.S. Army helicopters saturated the Haitian capital at dawn Tuesday with loudspeaker advertisements in Creole--"Bring your guns! No questions asked!"--the U.S. intervention force launched a guns-for-money program aimed at peacefully disarming a nation awash with illegal assault rifles, machine guns and pistols. By noon, it was clear this would take more than a day. After several hours in tents on a broiling runway at Port-au-Prince's U.S.
NEWS
January 4, 1994 | From Reuters
After collecting more than 1,000 firearms in a successful goods-for-guns program in New York City, a businessman said he is bringing his trade-in campaign to Los Angeles. Fernando Mateo, the carpet company president who spearheaded the plan, said he was flying Monday night to Los Angeles to meet community leaders and "people working with gangs" in a first step toward expanding the swap program beyond New York. "It's going berserk.
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