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California college student busted on AW charges; had MySpace pics

Frequent CalGuns.net poster Matthew Corwin ("Blackwater OPS"), a student at East L.A. College, was arrested a few days ago on "assault weapon" charges. It appears the cops first became interested in him after someone notified them of Corwin's MySpace URL, which has pictures of firearms, knives, and ammo on it. He is/was an MP in the Army. The pics on his MySpace web site appear to show "off list" ARs--it is possible to buy new AR-15s in this state, but L.E. tends not to know this. I don't know anything about the supposed credit card theft or stolen military hardware mentioned in the article.
http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/MyFox/page ... cale=EN-US

http://www.myspace.com/sandboxking

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/show ... hp?t=56390

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/13210183/detail ... dlineclick

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- Sheriff's detectives assisted by federal agents raided a Monterey Park home and arrested a man for suspected credit card theft and possession of assault weapons, ammunition and stolen U.S. military hardware, authorities said today.

A sheriff's department statement identified the suspect as 23-year-old Matthew Corwin and said he is the associate president of the student union at East Los Angeles College.

Corwin was arrested by detectives at his residence in the 400 block of Brightwood Street in Monterey Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, said sheriff's Deputy Ed Hernandez. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The sequence of events culminating in the raid began with detectives assigned to the Sheriff's College Bureau receiving "information that Corwin possessed numerous illegal weapons at his home in Monterey Park," he said.

The raiding party consisted of sheriff's detectives "assisted" by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Defense Department, Hernandez said.

Inside the Brightwood Street home, the detectives "located assault weapons, ammunition, and military equipment belonging to the Department of Defense," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said Corwin was booked at the sheriff's East Los Angeles Station, "without any incident," on suspicion of illegal possession of assault weapons and credit card theft.

No details on the confiscated weapons or the credit card case were immediately released.
According to the calguns site, the credit cards were part of a group purchase . . .
 

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Unbelievable! :shock:

Well, not totally unbelievable considering it's Kalifornia. Calguns has some heavy-hitters though... if this guy is in the right they'll get him off. The bond sure seems extreme. Calguns has enough lawyers and law-experts to roast these suckers... providing this guy is in the right! Maybe a good time for the inevitable "offlist" showdown. Sure sucks to be him though.

Hmm.. probably credit cards for a group purchase (all contacted will validate), some web-gear and uniforms he got from his time in the military and a few-off list lowers. Typical trumped up charges. I bet it's all smoke and mirrors.
 

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reason eleventy billion I'm never going back
 

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HUH?

It might just be me, but is it a wise move to put your weapons up for public veiwing? The reason I ask is with the latest masacree fresh on the sheeple's minds is not the time to do somthing so potentialy foolhardy. :oops:
I really enjoy my collection to, but since we live in such an Orwelian society I would not publish my colloection for the general public.
We say we are glad we don't live in Mexifornia but if there wasn't people who are as diligent as we have on this website it could happen here in the great state of Georgia. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Just my $.02's.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
foshizzle said:
Calguns has some heavy-hitters though...
What does this mean?
Maybe a bad choice of words.

I meant that they have lots of lawyers and lots of people who know California laws upwards, downwards and side to side. They also seem to have a LOT of members and I've read there over the years and they always seem to be willing to donate money and time for the cause (CA gun rights). I think the people on Calguns are more than a match for the DA. They've made the CA DOJ look pretty stupid on quite a few occasions if I'm not mistaken.
 

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It might just be me, but is it a wise move to put your weapons up for public veiwing? The reason I ask is with the latest masacree fresh on the sheeple's minds is not the time to do somthing so potentialy foolhardy.
Wouldn't it be nice for the sheeple to see a nice law abiding citizen carrying a gun instead of only associating the carrying of guns to criminals (Cho) or police?
 

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I think it's almost an invitation for a break-in if you post the fact you own some nice stuff on the net. Why go looking for trouble?

Maybe this guy is completely innocent or maybe he's one of those Ramboesque types who drop out of high school to join the Marines the day after their 17th birthday... But, he's Army, so I guess that shoots holes (no pun intended) in that theory!

Should be interesting to follow up on this one.
 

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I think it's almost an invitation for a break-in if you post the fact you own some nice stuff on the net. Why go looking for trouble?
I'm such a dummy! :( I thought we were talking about open carry. I agree with you, no need to post your life online.
 

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Any updates from people here who read that forum?
 

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I don't want to frighten anyone, but we have some of those wild and crazy college kids here and I know for a fact one of them has an AR...

Hmmm. I wonders.........?

Hey Ramm! Do youse gots yerself one of them there My Space thingies?
 

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Macktee said:
I don't want to frighten anyone, but we have some of those wild and crazy college kids here and I know for a fact one of them has an AR...

Hmmm. I wonders.........?

Hey Ramm! Do youse gots yerself one of them there My Space thingies?
:twisted:

Nope....I'm generally not a fan of myspace.
 

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Not Ramm. He's a man of culture. 8)
 

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I was just wondering if any more facts came out. There was some dispute over the lad's guilt.
 

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http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_6015610

Student denies gun charges
Monterey Park man enters not-guilty plea
By Dan Abendschein Staff Writer
Article Launched: 05/29/2007 09:11:00 PM PDT

ALHAMBRA - An East Los Angeles College student pleaded not guilty to six weapons counts on Tuesday.

Matthew Corwin, 23, was arrested last month after students and faculty alerted authorities to pictures of Corwin holding and firing multiple firearms on a Web site.

Corwin was the Associated Student Union president at the school, and also founded a gun enthusiast's club called Students for the Second Amendment.

He was charged with two counts of possession of an assault weapon, two counts of possession of a deadly weapon, and one count of receiving stolen property.

Corwin initially faced 12 counts of weapons possession, and of sales of illegal weapons, but six charges were dropped after investigators determined that his Browning machine .30-caliber was legal.

The weapons found at his Monterey Park home that were alleged to be illegal were an AK-47, two AR-15s, a throwing star, and a pair of sap gloves, which are leather gloves with steel in the knuckles.

Corwin's lawyer, Chuck Michel, claims that investigators who initially believed Corwin was a threat to students on campus, now realize he is nothing more than a gun enthusiast.

"Any notion that Corwin was a danger
to anyone at the school has been done away with," said Michel. Corwin was arrested about two weeks after the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32 people.
Michel said that Corwin's case now rests on determining whether the weapons he possessed were legal. Michel has filed a motion with the court to let an expert examine the weapons to make the determination.

The legality of the AK-47 and AR-15s hinge on whether a detachable magazine is legal on the weapons Corwin possessed, according to Michel.

Michel also said that it was unclear what the gloves were, suggesting they might have been intended for weight lifting.

Corwin, who is out of police custody on $120,000 bail, is asking the East Los Angeles College administration to return to school next semester. A former military police officer, he may go to Iraq instead, depending how his case turns out.

Corwin expected to be reinstated to active duty service and sent to Iraq this summer, according to Michel.

Several blogs devoted to gun-owners' rights and other Second Amendment issues have rallied to Corwin's defense.

"Wrongfully accused, wrongfully imprisoned, and held for days without even being charged, Matthew Corwin is now a sad testimony to a climate of fear," reads a post that has appeared on several blog sites.

The message originated at the calguns.net web site, which Corwin used to post to.

The site also advertises a legal defense fund set up by Corwin's attorney to help pay his legal fees.

A preliminary hearing in the case will be held July 11 at the Alhambra Courthouse.
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A former military police officer, he may go to Iraq instead, depending how his case turns out.

Corwin expected to be reinstated to active duty service and sent to Iraq this summer, according to Michel.
Anyone else have a problem with this? former, may go, reinstated, sounds like a good ol boy gone bad,,, and/or a good lawyer...
 
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