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NBC Universal Marketing Executive Arrested In Shooting Death Of Friend
bhcourier.com ^ | 26 Mar 2011 | City News Service

Posted on 03/26/2011 8:34:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog

An NBCUniversal marketing executive arrested in the shooting death of friend and colleague was free on $1 million bail today.

David Andrew Amstrong, was charged with murder Thursday in the March 18 shooting death of Brian Russell Kaplon, 32, a digital distribution executive with NBCUniversal.

Kaplon died from at least one shot to the chest, fired from an AR-15, a semiautomatic, civilian version of a U.S. military's M16. Most fire .223-caliber bullets.

The shooting happened in the garage of Amstrong's Porter Ranch home in 20000 block of Vercelli Way about 12:45 a.m., after both men allegedly had been drinking at a St. Patrick's Day party at Armstrong's.

Authorities said Armstrong kept a collection of guns in the garage.

There were no witnesses to the shooting, and it was unclear what Armstrong may have told detectives.

Court papers say filed Thursday say Armstrong "personally and intentionally discharged a firearm ... which caused great bodily injury and death to Brian Kaplon."

Armstrong, 32, is due in court April 12. It was unclear if he had a permit for the weapon, which is considered an assault rifle under California law.

An attorney for Armstrong said the shooting was accidental.

"There was no intent ever to harm his best friend. This was an accident based on two friends who were drinking and not following the proper safety precautions in the handling of a rifle," James Blatt told the Los Angeles Times.

He said called 911 after the shooting and tried to save Kaplon.

Kaplon was married with a child and twins due in May.

Blatt said the two families were close.

"They were best friends since fifth grade. They were like brothers. Wives were very close. Each family was an integral part of the other family's life."

(Excerpt) Read more at bhcourier.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: ar15; banglist; withfriendslikethis

1 posted on 03/26/2011 8:34:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
I hope they weren't testing body armor.
2 posted on 03/26/2011 8:38:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: smokingfrog

3 posted on 03/26/2011 8:40:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: smokingfrog

I hate it when you have to shoot a friend.

These things unfortunatunatly happen.

If a true friend, they understand.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 8:42:26 PM PDT by mmercier (bittersweet me)
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To: smokingfrog
AR-15, a semiautomatic, civilian version of a U.S. military's M16. Most fire .223-caliber bullets.

As a citizen of a gun loving state, I find it interesting that someone in a gun hating state like CA has access to one of those. Especially a leftist Commie working for NBCObama. Very Interesting.


5 posted on 03/26/2011 8:43:06 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: smokingfrog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVOGRP4E8QA

Check out all of the drunken morons firing pistols at an Albanian picnic. Unreal.


6 posted on 03/26/2011 8:43:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mmercier

Did he use a Universal Carbine?


7 posted on 03/26/2011 8:43:59 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: smokingfrog
Most fire .223-caliber bullets.

?........

8 posted on 03/26/2011 8:46:45 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Travis McGee

What goes up must come down, right?


9 posted on 03/26/2011 8:47:03 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: smokingfrog
"Authorities said Armstrong kept a collection of guns in the garage"

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over. In your garage???? I sure as hell hope he keeps them well oiled.
10 posted on 03/26/2011 8:47:37 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Sawdring

Drink enough plum brandy and you are hoping so.


11 posted on 03/26/2011 8:47:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

ROTFLMAFO!

It would be fun to see what happens when a hot casing goes down the shirt of one of the guys sitting next to one of those guys!


12 posted on 03/26/2011 8:50:32 PM PDT by rlmorel (The first casualty of Liberalism is The Truth...)
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To: Travis McGee

Hilarious. It reminded me of a few 4th of July episodes I had except we were listening to Steely Dan and dropping 1/4 sticks all over the place. The same mindless giggling did occur as well.

Who wouldn’t get giddy unloading a full clip on an AK. I don’t blame them.


13 posted on 03/26/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: NWFLConservative

I knew a guy down the street that kept a really big gun safe in his very nice garage at his very nice house. I am not sure if he had an insulated garage door but better to put the safe in the house.

Looks like media libs can get guns in CA that the peons cannot get. They were drunk and fooling around with his gun collection? That always works out well.


14 posted on 03/26/2011 8:53:30 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Red Badger

or

.204 Ruger
5.56 NATO
6.5 Grendel
6.8 SPC
.30 RAR
7.62x39
.308 NATO
.458 SOCOM
.50 Beowulf

... among others.


15 posted on 03/26/2011 8:54:01 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Red Badger
Most fire .223-caliber bullets. ?........

Shocking as it is for the press to get something about guns correct, they did manage to get this one right... Most DO fire .223 caliber bullets (they even got this part right), although some fire the 6.8mm, as well as other cartridges.

Mark

16 posted on 03/26/2011 8:54:42 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Travis McGee

It’s all fun until somebody gets their Çiftelia shot!


17 posted on 03/26/2011 8:59:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: MarkL

Maybe the “journalist” bothered to watch “Tales Of The Gun”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrcwZNQ8VqU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ve2o2kiL8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSLlF11-dcY


18 posted on 03/26/2011 9:00:35 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: smokingfrog

Gunhandling has never been a traditional St. Patrick’s Day activity for good reason I suppose.


19 posted on 03/26/2011 9:03:34 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: Travis McGee

Albania = Muslims.


20 posted on 03/26/2011 9:04:42 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: smokingfrog

This being NBC, you won’t see this story on Dateline but, if it were, it would be a story all about how evil guns are, not how stupid NBC execs are.


21 posted on 03/26/2011 9:11:02 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: smokingfrog
Hmm, if it's not Sarah Palin's fault...

then the answer must be EDUCATION!!!

Cheers!

22 posted on 03/26/2011 9:12:07 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: OrangeHoof
I get it!

"We are sage and wise, but you rednecks are too stupid to handle guns safely."

which translates in real life to

"Guns don't kill people. Liberals kill people."

NO cheers, unfortunately.

23 posted on 03/26/2011 9:16:11 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: NWFLConservative
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over. In your garage???? I sure as hell hope he keeps them well oiled.

Sure, he keeps them in the catch pan underneath his Saab.

24 posted on 03/26/2011 9:20:14 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: MHGinTN

I have to start putting a /s at the end of everything I write here.


25 posted on 03/26/2011 9:23:32 PM PDT by mmercier (sane, but overwhelmed)
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To: mmercier
I have to start putting a /s at the end of everything I write here.

You forgot your /s there :-)

26 posted on 03/26/2011 9:27:32 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: smokingfrog

Strange, I have an AR-15 and enjoy drinking, but have never even considered pointing my AR-15 at a friend while drinking. Drinking and shooting are two entirely separate avocations.

Of course, I’m not a moron working in marketing at NBC Universal.


27 posted on 03/26/2011 9:35:08 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: NWFLConservative

A detached garage can certainly be built with climate controlled rooms attached. I have a garage like that but I don’t use the rooms for guns... I swear....


28 posted on 03/26/2011 9:41:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: MediaMole

I guess this is the ultimate “hold muh beer and watch this” but these guys don’t have a redneck’s common sense.


29 posted on 03/26/2011 9:43:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: smokingfrog

Was there any safety rule he didn’t violate?

What a complete dumbass.


30 posted on 03/26/2011 9:50:03 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: smokingfrog
Too bad he didn't show his liberal approved hand gun first.

San-fran special

31 posted on 03/26/2011 10:03:40 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: wally_bert

bump


32 posted on 03/27/2011 1:02:57 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I hope they weren't testing body armor.

Making a clip for the next 'Jackass' movie?

33 posted on 03/27/2011 1:10:26 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MarkL

Well...if you really want to get picky...they fire a 5.56 round.
The 223 is the civilian version of the round.
just sayin is all...


34 posted on 03/27/2011 3:04:12 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803
Well...if you really want to get picky...they fire a 5.56 round.

The 223 is the civilian version of the round. just sayin is all...

How picky do you want to get? They're NOT identical. While it's usually safe to fire a .223 round in a weapon chambered for 5.56x45mm, it's not always safe to do the reverse, according to SAAMI.

It's VERY important to know if your AR-15 is chambered for the .223 Remington or 5.56mm NATO round. And according to a couple of gunsmiths I know, many of the earlier AR-15s sold commercially were chambered for .223 Remington, though that's less common today.

Mark

35 posted on 03/27/2011 1:12:46 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

so what you are saying is that it ISNT safe to fire 556 round thru my mini 14 that is 223......
asked three people and they told me it was safe...I didnt think so....basic gun rules state fire ammo chambered for you rifle...


36 posted on 03/27/2011 1:39:15 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803
so what you are saying is that it ISNT safe to fire 556 round thru my mini 14 that is 223...... asked three people and they told me it was safe...I didnt think so....basic gun rules state fire ammo chambered for you rifle...

You got me to thinking about that myself, but then I always used .223 Remington factory or reloads through my Mini-14 (I didn't really shoot it very often, usually only at practical or 3 gun matches).

I did some checking, and found that while Ruger "says" their Mini-14 is chambered for .223 Remington, that you can also fire military 5.56 ammo as well in the owners manual, thought it might not be a bad idea to contact Ruger too.

If you don't have yours, you can find it here. BTW, The Gun Zone has an excellent reference on the subject.

Mark

37 posted on 03/27/2011 4:19:54 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: smokingfrog
>”It was unclear if he had a permit for the weapon, which is considered an assault rifle under California law”<

My old AK-47 was considered an Assault Weapon. I decided to sell it because being on the Assault Weapon Owners List just made me future target for the Marxists that rule CA.

I purchased a CA Legal AR-15. It has a “fixed” 10 round Magazine that requires a tool for removal. In my case, it's a bullet button. I'll bet the rifle mentioned in the story was not an Assault Weapon, but a CA Legal AR-15.

The sheer stupidity of the Gun Laws in CA is staggering. I hope the cancer that is CA Liberalism doesn't spread throughout this country, though I fear it metastasized in November 2008..

I can't wait for the Tyrants in Sacramento to mention this case to end the proliferation of CA legal long guns.

38 posted on 03/27/2011 4:45:50 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Since Obama Bin Lyin, the Economy Bin Dyin...)
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