Skip to comments.Man with guns at LAX decries arrest
Posted on 01/11/2009 10:44:48 AM PST by Beaten Valve
The man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a trunk full of guns and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition said Saturday that he is a law-abiding weapons enthusiast who had no idea he might be breaking the law.
A day after he was arrested for suspicion of felony transportation of an assault rifle, Phillip Dominguez said he's confident he'll be exonerated.
"Our Second Amendment rights are being trampled in the name of law enforcement," Dominguez said. "I'm a law-abiding, taxpaying gun enthusiast. I have no felonies - up until now."
I wonder how they'll treat this guy?
He will be punished for the crime of being a ‘gun enthusiast’.
At an airport? Doesn't he own a radio or TV?
I don’t see the problem, he didn’t try to take them into the terminal or board an aircraft with them.
Centeno is a pinhead. There is nothing illegal about having a unloaded gun in an airport parking lot
I’m sorry, but I know of NOONE that thinks hauling a thousand rounds of ammo and several un-declared weapons to an airport is a good idea in this day and age. Perhaps he wanted to make a point......
Sounds like poor reporting at a minimum.
Wasn't it 37 pistols and 15 rifles yesterday?
This guy is completely innocent. he was following the letter of Ca law.
What a horseshit law!
“At an airport? Doesn’t he own a radio or TV? “
According to CA law, he would have been in just as much trouble had he stopped at a Starbucks. If you own a “registered assault weapon” you can ONLY transport it from it’s safe to the range, nowhere else. I assume this would mean stopping to pick up a shooting buddy at his house, too.
The other guns (surprised the Breeze didn’t call it an arsenal) are not subject to the law.
He has to carry his “assault weapon” paperwork with him when he transports it, too.
It would be easy to stake out one of these registered owners and wait for him to stop for gas. “Driver’s license and registration, please, and open your trunk. What’s this! An assault weapon!”
Thank God I left Ca 17 years ago
“How was he not following the law? “
He did not take his registered assault weapon directly to the range as required. He stopped somewhere else first, that’s illegal. Apparently red lights are exempt.
Has he been living under a ROCK for the past 7 years?? Sorry, but carrying a trunk full of guns and a thousand rounds of ammo to an airport is just a stupid thing to do.
So, was it a real assault rifle, or one that looks like an assault rifle to the ignorant MSM?
I don’t know what he thought he was doing, but this is gonna be used AGAINST 2nd Amendment types like us.
When I lived in CA you could buy that AR15 with no registration at all.
With all the other guns, it was legal. The problem is the Bushmaster Assault Weapon, you can only drive to the range and back.
He’s not being busted for taking guns to the airport, he’d be in trouble if he stopped at a library and got caught.
Apparently you dont know NO ONE.
What is this BS “UNDECLARED WEAPONS”? Who or why would anyone need to “DECLARE” any weapons? The man stopped at the check point and told the nazis that he had guns in the locked containers. That is DECLARED. What gave the Gestapo the right to open and search his containers after he declared them? Clearly a case of Gestapo rule. If the man declared them and had no wants or warrants, the gestapo had no right to bust his chops.
Seldom is there less than 1000 rounds of ammo in my truck and seldom is there less than a few firearms in it. Whose business is it? There is no law against transporting either guns or ammo.
Also, just where was this stop made? Was it in fact on the airport or outside the airport, I am seeing both places posted in different posts.
Contribute to this mans legal defense fund to make an example of the Kalifornicate Gestapo.
Yup, with 20 30 round mags, too.
Hell, here in GA now you can take a loaded weapon into the airport all the way to security as long as you are a CCW holder. Boy did that make the Dems here scream bloody murder. That and your employer can not prevent you from parking on property with a weapon in your car thanks to a lawsuit.
He was picking up a friend at the airport on the way to the range.
The airport here is close to 70 mi from my house. Am I not allowed to protect myself from here to there ?
You would think, wouldn't you, that a gun enthusiast in CA would try to make himself aware of the laws? For his own protection?
When dealing with the gubmint (and I spent years) remember the first rule of war. Always. Live by it.
I always go to the range with 10 rounds of ammo /s
It wasn’t the guns or the ammo that was the problem so much as the registered, and thus legal,”assault” rifle he had.
He claims that he was unaware of the law on such firearms that states that they may only be transported to and from a legal activity, i.e. to and from the range. However, it isn’t legal to do so when the range is one of several stops on the trip. It is arguable that the law is obscure, vague, and thus unknowable. As such, it would be unconstitutional. Also, IIRC, the State includes a whole laundry list of warnings about what isn’t legal to do with one’s registered “assault” rifle along with the registration documents. Excluding that one activity, transporting the rifle, implies permission to do so.
Of course, he might have had less trouble had he also been carrying a copy of the Koran, but I digress.
In CA I think you’re still allowed to...with a handgun.
That is perfectly reasonable
There is a move afoot to make a zone AROUND all airports where guns cannot be carried, transported, or possessed.
Imagine trying to get to Camp Perry or any out-of-state competition (like the Olympics) if you cannot get your guns NEAR the airport!
This is not intended to keep us safe, I think.
This guy just became a poster child for that concept. Many people will now jump on the bandwagon for special exclusionary zones (hey, the Heller case said it was constitutional to do so) around airports, schools, parks, churches, bus stops, cement plants, gas stations, streetlights, or public or private land. 0bama wanted a five mile exclusion zone, keeping evil gun stores five miles from a “school” however that’s defined.
I don’t know. I haven’t lived there in 17 years.
“You would think, wouldn’t you, that a gun enthusiast in CA would try to make himself aware of the laws? “
I think the article mentions that the specific part of the law he broke was not mentioned on his “permission letter”.
“Dominguez said he got state permission to own and use the assault rifle last month but the approval letter didn’t mention it was illegal in California to make a pit stop while transporting the weapon from his home to the gun range.
That code requires that “registered assault weapons may be transported only between specified locations,” according to the Web site of the California Attorney General’s Office. “
First, where is the law about "declaring" legal, unloade weapons in the trunk of your car on airport parking lots?
Second, a thousand rounds of ammo can fit into a small shoebox. The hysterical writer is trying to drum this into something it's not.
I hardly ever go to the range without at least 1000 rounds of ammunition. That’s 50 rounds into 20 targets; A good afternoon of shooting.
Unless his guns are fully automatic, they are probably legal.
One of the many reasons I left SoCali for North Florida.
Post #13, your the lucky one
Did you read the whole article. I am flabbergasted what they did to this guy just for having some LOCKED UP guns in the back of his truck!!!!
At an airport? Doesn't he own a radio or TV?
I guess he didn't see the video of guns loading themselves up and climbing out of car trunks to prey on innocent citizens.
Good thinking Travis
I can’t believe the freepers on this thread who are advocating tipping your hat, averting your eyes, and kissing Big Brother’s jackboots as perfectly reasonable.
You can move.
That’s not illegal without federal permission, yet...
Cali has nice scenery, but that is it! I don’t miss anything except the pretty coastline.
Exactly, one .22 and ten rounds. My God, what is the deal with these people. We can only hope that another earthquake splits off the San Andreas fault and slides the left coast under the PACIFIC OCEAN.
Did you read the article? Go read it and then make your statements and ask your questions......
“I dont see the problem, he didnt try to take them into the terminal or board an aircraft with them.”
Under Federal Law one cannot take a firearm past the security stations.
Now California or some other sub-unit of government may have their own rules, such as was contested in Atlanta.
That aside, Dominguez was charged not with the above but of not directly going to the range and detouring to the airport.
Many anti-second amendment ares have a rule stating the shooter must go directly to the range with no stops.
I loved SoCal back when there were still working ranches and common sense.
I used to camp, dirt bike and shoot EVERY weekend
Shoot! you mean I cant even fully load a marlin 60 .22 cal rifle?!!
Ten to one that if the police were profiling like they should be, this fine upstanding man would have never been searched ;-)
But, he was going to enter airport property with them and that is prohibited.
Come to think of it, I’ve carried three guns and well over 100 rounds of ammo directly into an airport. Hundreds of people do this daily. Its known as a hunting trip.
I don't know Travis, the guy was a "construction contractor" and has been lugging his armory around for months, according to the article. It doesn't smell right.
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