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anonymous
03-22-2007, 11:31 AM
Update: She corrected the article by changing "automatic AK-47" to "semi-automatic AK-47". :D

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-guns23mar23,0,1330218.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Sting operation shuts down Compton gun store
By Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
9:27 AM PDT, March 22, 2007

Federal authorities and Los Angeles County sheriffs officials today shut down a well-known Compton gun store, culminating a two-month sting operation.

Arrested at their homes early today were Stephen Patrick Virgilio, 36, of Huntington Beach, and Carlos Rodriguez Castellanos, 52, of Downey, on federal charges of knowingly selling firearms to undercover officers posing as felons through "straw buyers," according to sheriffs officials.

Virgilio is the son of the owners of Boulevard Auto, a fortress of a gun store on Long Beach Boulevard. Castellanos is an employee of the store.

Following the early morning arrests, federal agents executed search and seizure warrants at the Compton store as well as at a sister store in Oak View, near Ojai. Thousands of guns as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition will be cataloged at the two stores in a process that will take two days, said John A. Torres, special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

According to federal authorities, 897 guns from the two stores have been used in crimes or found in the possession of criminal suspects over the past five years. Twenty-nine of those weapons are connected to murder investigations.

Among the weapons allegedly sold to straw buyers at Boulevard Auto are large caliber handguns, Glocks and a semi-automatic rifle.

Law enforcement officials allege that 14 times within the past eight weeks individuals who identified themselves to store workers as felons were advised by the employee to use a girlfriend or friend accompanying them to purchase the weapon.

"It's painfully obvious that they do not care how the gun is going to be used," Assistant Sheriff Doyle Campbell said.

A news conference discussing the arrests and raid is scheduled today for 10 a.m.

Sheriff's officials said they believe shuttering the store will cut off a significant stream of guns to not only local gang members but also a much wider criminal community.

Boulevard Auto has been controversial in the violence-plagued community of Compton for decades. In 1988, Jesse Jackson cited the store as a ready source of Soviet-made AK-47 automatic rifles and Israeli Uzi submachine guns for anyone who has "cash money on Long Beach Boulevard."

At the time, owner Michael Virgilio, who was not charged in today's sting, said he made no apologies for the sales of such weapons, which he estimated were heading off his shelves at a rate of 10 to 15 a week.

Such weapons were later banned for sale in California.

Since then the store has been named by gun control advocates as one of the nation's top problem vendors. In a list compiled by The Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, Boulevard Auto ranked 45th in terms of volume of guns traced to crime, between 1996 and 2000, with 436.

AJAX22
03-22-2007, 11:38 AM
Well, we all know Jesse Jackson is a credible expert on the subject.:rolleyes:

The article is factually accurate, he did make that statement.

The statement itself was in error.

anonymous
03-22-2007, 11:46 AM
Well, we all know Jesse Jackson is a credible expert on the subject.:rolleyes:

The article is factually accurate, he did make that statement.

The statement itself was in error.

No, the article is still factually inaccurate because she goes on to say that the automatic AK-47 and submachine gun were later banned. This is the part which is certainly wrong. Also, she doesn't actually quote Jesse Jackson saying that they sold automatic AK-47s. That could be wrong too. He might have just said AK-47

SemiAutoSam
03-22-2007, 11:50 AM
Ignorant reporter Automatic and sub machine guns aren't banned just heavily regulated.

with a 200.00 tax stamp anyone that legally can own a title 1 firearm can own a machine gun in 35 or so out of the 50 states.



No, the article is still factually inaccurate because she goes on to say that the automatic AK-47 and sub machine gun were later banned. This is the part which is certainly wrong. Also, she doesn't actually quote Jesse Jackson saying that they sold automatic AK-47s. That could be wrong too. He might have just said AK-47

anonymous
03-22-2007, 12:10 PM
Ignorant reporter Automatic and sub machine guns aren't banned just heavily regulated.

with a 200.00 tax stamp anyone that legally can own a title 1 firearm can own a machine gun in 35 or so out of the 50 states.

Well, furthermore, the main point is that she says that these "automatic AK-47s" were later banned (refering to 1989 AW Act). Of course, she is propagating the myth that the AW ban banned automatics.

The line "Such weapons" refers to the automatics and submachine guns.

mdhpper
03-22-2007, 1:03 PM
I'm glad they got busted! If in fact they did recommend the use of straw buyers.

SunshineGlocker
03-22-2007, 1:47 PM
Ignorant reporter Automatic and sub machine guns aren't banned just heavily regulated.

with a 200.00 tax stamp anyone that legally can own a title 1 firearm can own a machine gun in 35 or so out of the 50 states.

Technically, nothing is banned. With the right permits private entities can own and possess fighter airplanes, atomic weapons, missiles, etc. It's hard to say that something is "illegal" because, whatever it is, there's a legal way to possess it.

xenophobe
03-22-2007, 3:07 PM
Well, furthermore, the main point is that she says that these "automatic AK-47s" were later banned (refering to 1989 AW Act). Of course, she is propagating the myth that the AW ban banned automatics.

Technically that is correct... It was "AB357 - Roberti-Roos Dangerous Weapons Control Law of 1989" that basically banned assault weapons, short barreled rifles and shotguns as well as machine guns and destructive devices.

Permits were supposed to be 'shall-issue' to collectors and dealers as per legislative intent, but was effectively turned into discretionary issue if you could document a 'need' for them through DOJ regulatory language.