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Man with guns at LAX decries arrest
Daily Breeze ^ | Jan 10, 2009 | Robert Jablon, AP

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."

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Judges always seem to love letting real criminals get off with just a slap on the wrist.

I wonder how they'll treat this guy?

1 posted on 01/11/2009 10:44:48 AM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

He will be punished for the crime of being a ‘gun enthusiast’.


2 posted on 01/11/2009 10:46:11 AM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~/)
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To: Beaten Valve
a trunk full of guns and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition

At an airport? Doesn't he own a radio or TV?

3 posted on 01/11/2009 10:49:48 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Der neuen Fuhrer: AKA the Murdering Messiah: Keep your powder dry, folks)
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To: freedumb2003

I don’t see the problem, he didn’t try to take them into the terminal or board an aircraft with them.


4 posted on 01/11/2009 10:55:52 AM PST by SENTINEL (Bxxxxx Box, Jxxx Box, Cxxxxxxxx Box, (Censored due to loss of 1st Amendment))
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To: Beaten Valve
"In the post-Sept. 11 environment, it is well-known by weapon owners that airports and weapons simply do not mix," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno.

Centeno is a pinhead. There is nothing illegal about having a unloaded gun in an airport parking lot

5 posted on 01/11/2009 10:56:24 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Beaten Valve

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......


6 posted on 01/11/2009 10:57:33 AM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: Beaten Valve
How was he not following the law? The stuff was in the trunk. 1,000 rounds of 22LR will easily fit in your jacket pockets. One can transport guns (in the hold) on airplanes if you follow the rules.

Sounds like poor reporting at a minimum.

7 posted on 01/11/2009 10:58:01 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Dominguez said he had 16 pistols, including an 1858 black-powder Army revolver. He also had five rifles - one of them an assault rifle - and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Wasn't it 37 pistols and 15 rifles yesterday?

8 posted on 01/11/2009 10:58:34 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Beaten Valve
Dominguez said he didn't think he was breaking any laws since all the weapons and ammo were in separate, locked boxes

This guy is completely innocent. he was following the letter of Ca law.

9 posted on 01/11/2009 11:00:22 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
“In the post-Sept. 11 environment, it is well-known by weapon owners that airports and weapons simply do not mix,” said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno.

What B.S. Centeno knows his officers screwed up big time, and is trying to avoid a lawsuit.
10 posted on 01/11/2009 11:00:22 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Beaten Valve
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.

What a horseshit law!

11 posted on 01/11/2009 11:02:32 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freedumb2003

“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!”


12 posted on 01/11/2009 11:02:56 AM PST by DBrow
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To: marktwain

Thank God I left Ca 17 years ago


13 posted on 01/11/2009 11:03:24 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Paladin2

“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.


14 posted on 01/11/2009 11:05:14 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Beaten Valve

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.


15 posted on 01/11/2009 11:05:42 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: Beaten Valve
He also had five rifles - one of them an assault rifle - and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

So, was it a real assault rifle, or one that looks like an assault rifle to the ignorant MSM?

16 posted on 01/11/2009 11:05:54 AM PST by highlander_UW (The only difference between the MSM and the DNC is the MSM sells ad space in their propaganda)
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To: SENTINEL

I don’t know what he thought he was doing, but this is gonna be used AGAINST 2nd Amendment types like us.


17 posted on 01/11/2009 11:06:58 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: DBrow

When I lived in CA you could buy that AR15 with no registration at all.

Cash. Anywhere.


18 posted on 01/11/2009 11:07:19 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cake_crumb

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.


19 posted on 01/11/2009 11:07:27 AM PST by DBrow
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To: ScreamingFist

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.


20 posted on 01/11/2009 11:07:56 AM PST by Concho (Bitterly Clinging to Guns and Religion)
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To: mylife

Yup, with 20 30 round mags, too.


21 posted on 01/11/2009 11:08:13 AM PST by DBrow
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To: mylife

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.


22 posted on 01/11/2009 11:08:30 AM PST by doodad
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To: cake_crumb

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 ?


23 posted on 01/11/2009 11:10:00 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DBrow
"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."

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.

24 posted on 01/11/2009 11:10:36 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: Concho

I always go to the range with 10 rounds of ammo /s


25 posted on 01/11/2009 11:11:54 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freedumb2003

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.


26 posted on 01/11/2009 11:11:56 AM PST by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: mylife

In CA I think you’re still allowed to...with a handgun.


27 posted on 01/11/2009 11:12:14 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: doodad

That is perfectly reasonable


28 posted on 01/11/2009 11:13:14 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cake_crumb

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.


29 posted on 01/11/2009 11:14:11 AM PST by DBrow
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To: cake_crumb

I don’t know. I haven’t lived there in 17 years.


30 posted on 01/11/2009 11:14:53 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cake_crumb

“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. “


31 posted on 01/11/2009 11:16:37 AM PST by DBrow
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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......

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.

32 posted on 01/11/2009 11:17:09 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Beaten Valve

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.


33 posted on 01/11/2009 11:17:48 AM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: mylife
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.

One of the many reasons I left SoCali for North Florida.

34 posted on 01/11/2009 11:18:31 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mylife

Post #13, your the lucky one


35 posted on 01/11/2009 11:18:33 AM PST by peace with honor
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To: freedumb2003

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!!!!


36 posted on 01/11/2009 11:18:54 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: freedumb2003
a trunk full of guns and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition

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.

37 posted on 01/11/2009 11:19:25 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Travis McGee

Good thinking Travis


38 posted on 01/11/2009 11:19:49 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DBrow

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.


39 posted on 01/11/2009 11:20:37 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: peace with honor

You can move.
That’s not illegal without federal permission, yet...


40 posted on 01/11/2009 11:21:24 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Cali has nice scenery, but that is it! I don’t miss anything except the pretty coastline.


41 posted on 01/11/2009 11:21:35 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mylife

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.


42 posted on 01/11/2009 11:22:03 AM PST by Concho (Bitterly Clinging to Guns and Religion)
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To: cake_crumb

Did you read the article? Go read it and then make your statements and ask your questions......


43 posted on 01/11/2009 11:22:14 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SENTINEL

“I don’t see the problem, he didn’t 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.


44 posted on 01/11/2009 11:23:35 AM PST by School of Rational Thought (CPA, MBA needs a job)
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To: Travis McGee

I loved SoCal back when there were still working ranches and common sense.

I used to camp, dirt bike and shoot EVERY weekend


45 posted on 01/11/2009 11:24:18 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Concho

Shoot! you mean I cant even fully load a marlin 60 .22 cal rifle?!!

Oh Noz!


46 posted on 01/11/2009 11:25:49 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ScreamingFist
A thousand rounds of ammo sounds like a lot, but its not. I have no arsenal, but grab an ammo can to head to the range, I'm probably carrying 6 bricks of .22s, eight clips of 7.62x39, and 400 rounds of 9mm. That would be 1080 rounds. I don't separate my ammo to go to the range.

Ten to one that if the police were profiling like they should be, this fine upstanding man would have never been searched ;-)

47 posted on 01/11/2009 11:26:13 AM PST by SampleMan (Community Organizer: What liberals do when they run out of college, before they run out of Marxism.)
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To: SENTINEL

But, he was going to enter airport property with them and that is prohibited.


48 posted on 01/11/2009 11:26:25 AM PST by HollyB
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To: ScreamingFist

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.


49 posted on 01/11/2009 11:27:55 AM PST by SampleMan (Community Organizer: What liberals do when they run out of college, before they run out of Marxism.)
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To: Travis McGee
At least half a dozen times since Thanksgiving, Domin- guez said he made similar stops at the airport carrying his guns and never saw a police checkpoint.

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.

50 posted on 01/11/2009 11:28:11 AM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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