Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday.

The men from Gaston County, near Charlotte, were arrested by federal authorities on Saturday after more than a month’s investigation.

Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus “dummy” grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday.

The close to 60 pages of information compiled by federal authorities since July include allegations Litteral planned to makes explosives out of tennis balls covered in nails and coffee cans filled with ball bearings.

According to the documents, both Litteral and Campbell spoke openly about their opposition to Jade Helm 15, a series of ongoing special forces training missions in several Southwestern states that has drawn suspicion from residents who fear it is part of a planned military takeover.

In addition to ammunition for a long-range .338 caliber rifle, the authorities said Litteral purchased hand-held radios, Kevlar helmets, body armor and face masks in preparation for an armed resistance to the feared military occupation.

Litteral was also planning to purchase an assault rifle along with ammunition for Barker, whose past convictions for possession of stolen goods and cocaine barred him from possessing a gun, according to the documents.

The FBI began its investigation in mid-June after receiving a tip about Litteral and Barker attempting to make homemade explosives, and later began investigating Campbell based on similar information that he was attempting to reconstruct grenades.

Litteral was quoted in the documents calling his planned homemade explosives “game changers,” and authorities allege he planned to test the devices with Barker in Shelby, North Carolina.

The federal conspiracy charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Campbell has been charged with a separate firearms charge punishable by 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

In addition to the FBI, agencies assisting in the investigation include the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Air Marshal Service as well as local police in Charlotte, Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia.

The men will remain in federal custody pending the outcome of detention hearings scheduled for Thursday. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.

 

Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law.

Martin O’Malley: ‘Ban Sale Of Assault Weapons,’ Launch ‘National Gun Registry’

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On July 24, the day after John Russell Houser allegedly used a handgun to kill two people in Lafayette, Louisiana, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called on Congress to ban “the sale of assault weapons” and “[establish] a national gun registry.”

He also said it is time to “[increase] inspections” on gun shops and mandate that gun owners lock up their guns in their homes.

Writing in The Boston Globe, O’Malley boasted of the gun controls he was able to pass while Governor:

In Maryland, we implemented some of the toughest measures in the nation to crack down on gun violence. The reforms we put in place included required licensing, fingerprinting, background checks, and safety training. We ensured that these requirements applied to all buyers, whether they were acquiring a gun from a dealer, a secondary sale, or as a private gift.

We took action to keep guns off the street and make them less deadly. We banned the sale of assault weapons and limited the size of magazines. And, if a firearm was lost or stolen, we required it to be reported immediately to law enforcement.

What a list: license requirements for firearm owners, mandated training, background checks, bans on assault weapons, and a ban on “high capacity” ammunition magazines.

O’Malley then suggested that the goals of Maryland at the time — when gun control was enacted — and the goals of the United States now should be one and the same.

Well, let’s see. How has gun control worked out for Marylanders? According to USA Today, not well. They report there were “43 homicides” in May of this year alone and a total of “116 homicides” in Baltimore through the first five months of the year.

To hedge his bets O’Malley points away from Maryland, pointing instead to the nation as a whole and claims there were 204 mass shootings “during the first 204 days of 2015.” That is a mass shooting a day.

How can Democrats claim a mass shooting a day? They list any shooting incident where at least two people are killed as a mass shooting. Thus, Adam Lanza’s heinous Sandy Hook attack, killing 26, was a mass shooting and Nidal Hasan’s 2009 Fort Hood attack, killing 13, was a mass shooting and John Russell Houser’s alleged July 23 attack on a Lafayette theater, killing two, was a mass shooting as well.

On January 5, 2014, Breitbart News reported that MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Len Everett talked of how “mass shootings” are increasing every day. They also revealed that their new criteria for a mass shooting would be any shooting where two or more people were killed.

Martin O’Malley: ‘Ban Sale Of Assault Weapons,’ Launch ‘National Gun Registry’.

Watertown Daily Times | It’s the law: Assault weapons owners have no excuse not to register guns

There were many parts of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act that were poorly conceived.

One such part was the provision requiring people who owned so-called assault weapons to register them with the state. Statistics recently released have shown that about 45,000 such firearms have so far been registered.

The SAFE Act outlines the 10 features that make up an assault weapon. The law permits only those who owned these types of guns prior to its passage to keep them if they are properly registered. No one wishing to purchase a firearm with these features may do so now that the law has gone into effect.

It’s difficult imagining the rationale behind this provision. The law states that preownership of these weapons is legal, so officials should leave it at that. If they believe the law will effectively ban subsequent ownership of assault weapons, what’s the point in registration?

It’s widely suspected, however, that many assault weapons owners have not complied with this portion of the law. Some people have publicly declared that they won’t register their guns while most have simply not done so.

There are many criticisms to lodge at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the legislators who passed the SAFE Act, and we have on this page editorialized against it numerous times. But the reality is that it is the law, and picking which laws you decide to follow is fraught with problems.

Many opponents of the SAFE Act said it would turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, as if these citizens had no choice but to violate it. This is simply not true. The only thing that turns people into criminals is their refusal to adhere to laws that have been passed.

Critics of the SAFE Act lose the moral high ground when they don’t follow it. It’s a bad law, and many parts need revising. But it’s still the law, and you can’t remain a law-abiding citizen if you choose to ignore it.

 

Watertown Daily Times | It’s the law: Assault weapons owners have no excuse not to register guns.