September 23, 2014 |
CANADENSIS, Pa. - Search teams combing the dense, rugged woods not far from where two state troopers were shot on Sept. 12 - one fatally - have discovered an AK-47-style assault weapon like the one suspect Eric Frein was known to have. That discovery and other clues, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday, convinced authorities the searchers were closing in on the accused killer. "We're pushing him hard," Bivens said. "He's no longer safe there. " With the weapon were two magazine clips of ammunition and a camouflage bag full of ammunition, all partially hidden in tangled forest undergrowth.
May 14, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats. The bill, which would reduce maximum ammunition capacity from 15 rounds to 10, now heads to the Assembly, which passed an earlier version but now must consider amendments by the Senate. Proponents said the legislation was in response to the December 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, in which the assailant used guns equipped with high-capacity magazines to kill children and educators.
May 22, 2013 |
It had become fashionable in certain circles to mock tea party activists for their vocal warnings about the abusive power of government, with jokes, for instance, about tinfoil hats. But isn't paranoia useful if someone really is out to get you? That question seems relevant in the wake of reports that the IRS was targeting hundreds of right-leaning groups with tea party or patriot in their names for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Officials demanded that the organizations send membership lists, meeting minutes, rosters of donors, their leaders' reading preferences, copies of their pamphlets - even, in some cases, records of posts on social media.
March 29, 2013
NEWTOWN, CONN. - When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms, knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition - taking only four guns. They would suffice. Warrants released Thursday provide the most insight to date into the world of the 20-year-old gunman, a recluse who played violent video games in a house packed with weaponry. The inventory of items taken from the home included books on autism, a vast array of weapon paraphernalia and images of what appears to be a dead person covered with plastic and blood.
March 16, 2013
A coalition of Chester County groups will host a "Gun Buy Back" day Saturday at the Coatesville Memorial Community Center. The event is a "no-hassle, no-questions-asked, no-arrests-made" opportunity to turn in firearms, organizers say. Participants will receive a $100 gift card per gun and will be paid for a maximum of two guns, receiving a total maximum payment of $200 in gift cards. Additional guns may be turned in, but no payment will be received. The event is an effort to combat gun-related violence in the community, said Chaya Scott, director of the Coatesville Youth Initiative which has a gun buy back program as part of their mission.
November 7, 2012 |
FRESNO, Calif. - A parolee who killed two people and wounded two others on Tuesday at a California chicken processing plant where he worked moved methodically between his first three victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck before pulling the trigger, police said. Lawrence Jones shot 32-year-old Fatima Lopez in the back as she tried to flee, then put the gun to the head of Estevan Catano and pulled the trigger but was out of bullets, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Jones, 42, then went outside the Valley Protein plant, where he reloaded his gun, shot himself and died later at a hospital, the chief said.
February 4, 2012 |
A former Vineland, N.J., police officer arrested with a massive cache of guns, a teargas canister, and a live grenade at his home in 2009 pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition. Brian Hinkel, 62, of Newfield, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to illegally possessing four assault rifles and 21 large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a statement from the state Attorney General's Office. Prosecutors will recommend that Hinkel be sentenced to five years in state prison.
February 3, 2012 |
A former Vineland police officer busted with a massive cache of guns, a teargas canister, and a live grenade at his home pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition. Brian Hinkel, 62, of Newfield, pleaded guilty in Gloucester County Superior Court to illegally possessing four assault rifles and 21 large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a statement from the state Attorney General's office. Prosecutors will recommend that Hinkel be sentenced to five years in state prison.
November 3, 2011 |
A former bartender and reputed mob associate pleaded not guilty Wednesday to supplying boxes of bullets to mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo, a convicted felon barred by law from possessing guns or ammunition. Todd Stark, 43, of Ocean City, N.J., entered the plea during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Camden. Stark is among 12 defendants indicted with Scarfo, 46, in a multimillion-dollar financial-fraud case. He is the only one not charged with involvement in what prosecutors allege was the systematic looting of the FirstPlus Financial Group, a Texas company that authorities allege Scarfo secretly took control of in 2007.