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L.A. County sheriff's deputy to plead guilty to building assault rifle
LA Times ^ | 4/29/14 | Jack Leonard

Posted on 04/29/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has agreed to plead guilty to illegally building an assault rifle, marking the first plea agreement by one of 20 sheriff's officials charged or indicted since December in an ongoing federal investigation of the Sheriff's Department, authorities said Monday.

Richard White Piquette admitted in a document filed in federal court last week that he manufactured a Noveske Rifleworks N-4 .223-caliber rifle with an eight-inch barrel. Under federal law, the rifle's barrel length should have been at least 16 inches, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Piquette could formally enter his plea as early as this week, though his sentencing will take place at least several weeks later, Mrozek said.

Piquette, who was previously assigned to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, also admitted possessing a shotgun that had been stolen from the Sheriff's Department and three assault weapons that are banned under California law, according to the plea agreement. The deputy was not charged in connection with those weapons, but his admission will probably affect his sentence.

As part of Piquette's agreement with federal prosecutors, a separate charge of possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle will be dropped and Piquette must resign from the Sheriff's Department.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: banglist; bannedweapons; sbr; shortbarreledrifle; wearetheonlyones

1 posted on 04/29/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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2 posted on 04/29/2014 6:00:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: smokingfrog

a barrel of monkeys


3 posted on 04/29/2014 6:00:46 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: smokingfrog

I could have moved to California. But I chose not to. because of their ridiculous gun laws. Just sayin’.


4 posted on 04/29/2014 6:02:59 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: smokingfrog

“...and three assault weapons that are banned under California law.”

In other words, three semi-automatic rifles.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: smokingfrog

Gee, if he’d waited a few days 0 would have outfitted the entire dept. with all varieties of assault weapons and vehicles to take down Mr. and Mrs. US citizen and their family pets.


6 posted on 04/29/2014 6:13:57 PM PDT by bgill
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To: smokingfrog
“Richard White Piquette admitted in a document filed in federal court last week that he manufactured a Noveske Rifleworks N-4 .223-caliber rifle with an eight-inch barrel. Under federal law, the rifle's barrel length should have been at least 16 inches, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.”

His crime was not building an assault rifle (when the term is used properly it means a carbine capable of full auto fire) he made a SBR- short barrel rifle.

7 posted on 04/29/2014 6:21:49 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: RC one
I could have moved to California. But I chose not to. because of their ridiculous gun laws. Just sayin’.

He's being prosecuted by the feds.

8 posted on 04/29/2014 6:26:23 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: CrazyIvan

If you want to be technical his crime was failure to pay a tax stamp for the NFA rifle.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 6:28:12 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: smokingfrog

Interesting how the LA Slimes seems to intentionally confuse “assault rifle” with NFA firearms. (Not that I agree with the BATFE’s treatment of the latter.)


10 posted on 04/29/2014 6:31:46 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: smokingfrog

>>Piquette’s attorney, Ronald Hedding, described his client as “a good man” who has family members in law enforcement. Hedding said he believed it was common practice for sheriff’s deputies to have weapons like the ones his client possessed.

“A lot of these criminals are carrying these types of weapons on the street,” Hedding said, adding that Piquette was a jail deputy but had done training stints on patrol.<<

We’re supposed to weep because the cops don’t have what the criminals have?


11 posted on 04/29/2014 6:33:34 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Durus

I should have included that. Thanks.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 6:37:14 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: B4Ranch

Not an assault rifle but. SBR short barreled rifle a bit of leftovers from FDR. NFA 1934


13 posted on 04/29/2014 6:38:40 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: Moonman62

Please don’t interrupt a Cali bashing thread with facts when the poster is just getting on a roll.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 6:47:28 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: smokingfrog
he manufactured a Noveske Rifleworks N-4 .223-caliber rifle with an eight-inch barrel

I'll say this - he has excellent taste.
15 posted on 04/29/2014 6:50:44 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

I assume he could have bought the barrel legitimately and installed it on an AR pistol, but his crime was that the gun had a buttstock?


16 posted on 04/29/2014 6:58:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Moonman62

Does that mean California’s gun laws aren’t completely ridiculous? Should I move out there with my complete firearm collection?


17 posted on 04/29/2014 7:05:11 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

If ever there was a state that deserved to be bashed....


18 posted on 04/29/2014 7:06:03 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: RC one

Sure and don’t let facts get in the way!


19 posted on 04/29/2014 7:07:27 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

what facts would that be? I was just pointing out that anyone who cherishes their RKBA would be ill advised to reside in California regardles sof the facts of this case.


20 posted on 04/29/2014 7:11:44 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Bidimus1

Definition of an SBR and how you can legally own one. This is a FEDERAL REQUIREMENT. Doesn’t have anything to do with California.

In the United States, it is a federal felony to possess an SBR without paying a $200 tax to the BATFE. BATFE notification is required when transporting an SBR across state lines; this is accomplished by filing Form 5320.20 in advance of the travel date. One must be cautious not to take an SBR into a state where the SBR is prohibited. One can take an SBR through a state where the weapon is prohibited when on a direct route and have prior approval from the BATFE with a Form 5320.20. One must be careful not to take an SBR into international waters, as there is a proper procedure to return with the SBR to the United States.[3]

Purchasing a short-barreled rifle is accomplished by filing a BATFE Form 4, Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of a Firearm, and paying a $200 tax. A short-barreled rifle must be transferred by a Class 3 or a Class 2 SOT dealer. When an individual wishes to build a short-barreled rifle, he or she must beforehand submit a completed BATFE Form 1, Application to Make and Register a Firearm, along with $200 for payment


21 posted on 04/29/2014 7:24:49 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: smokingfrog

Most CA gun owners KNOW this is a no-no. We exist on a thin line during each trip to the range, it seems.

By the way, who ratted him out? Or a self-rat (S S forgot to S).


22 posted on 04/29/2014 7:53:18 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: smokingfrog

“I assume he could have bought the barrel legitimately and installed it on an AR pistol, but his crime was that the gun had a buttstock?”

I believe you are correct. Since Heller and McDonald, these laws make no sense at all.


23 posted on 04/29/2014 7:55:51 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

None of these laws make much sense. Even in a state that allows SBRs or machine guns, a would-be owner is still subject the whims of local chief law enforcement officers who need to sign off on the Form 4.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 8:07:10 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: smokingfrog

Seriously? His first mistake was building a 5.56mm “rifle” with a pistol-length barrel.

Anyone familiar with guns knows that that firing that round in a barrel that short would make a deafening report and a blinding muzzle flash. The velocity of the round - which is where it gets it’s lethality - would be seriously degraded.

Dumb cop.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 8:18:37 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: 43north

You’d lose about 1,000 fps. Not sure how much louder it would be.


26 posted on 04/29/2014 8:25:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: CrazyIvan

Sounds like he got off easy compared to Randy Weaver and his family and his dog. Probably had something to do with him being a brother officer...


27 posted on 04/29/2014 9:11:29 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: smokingfrog

Stupid gun laws.

8” barrel with a pistol grip fine and dandy. Put a shoulder stock on it and it is a federal felony.

I am glad to see a cop get busted? Maybe if more were thrown in jail they would realize how stupid some laws and pressure to change them.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 12:16:22 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: RC one

My buddy bought an Uzi, here in CA, 30 years ago; semi auto, 16” barrel. We went to the Pomona Fair Gun Show. He bought a part to convert it to fully auto (the bolt, I think), if it was slightly modified, by drilling a hole, in it. The description that the seller had on his table was “paperweight”. Next to that was an 8” barrel, described as a “pipe”. American ingenuity, at it’s finest :)


29 posted on 04/30/2014 4:12:58 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: smokingfrog

“You’d lose about 1,000 fps. Not sure how much louder it would be.”

This thread says that with 55 grain .223 bullet, you drop down to 2600 fps from 3000 fps when you go from a 16 inch barrel down to a 9 inch barrel.

Obviously, this can vary a significant amount.

http://www.sniperforums.com/forum/cartridges-calibers/31642-223-loads-short-barreled-weapon.html


30 posted on 04/30/2014 6:04:58 AM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

I read somewhere that the Bushmaster Carbon pistol with a 7.25 inch barrel has a muzzle velocity of around 1,750 fps.


31 posted on 04/30/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

That is dropping down to .22 magnum level.


32 posted on 04/30/2014 7:35:05 AM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Bidimus1

I didn’t mention “assault rifle”. Was your post intended for someone else?


33 posted on 04/30/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: smokingfrog

It would be so loud that you would not want to be near it. Firing an AR-15 with a 16” barrel in an enclosed space w/o hearing protection is painful. I can’t imagine the decibel level from an 8” barrel. All that powder that gives it the extra 1000fps in a longer barrel would be burning outside the barrel.


34 posted on 04/30/2014 8:58:06 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: B4Ranch

More a response to the title if thread


35 posted on 04/30/2014 3:53:54 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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