Anti-Gun Advocate Nabbed On Gun Charges


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hexidismal
June 9, 2007, 04:38 AM
Might have been posted before, but I didn't see it.

http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_152194329.html
(CBS) LOS ANGELES The founder of an anti-gun group will be arraigned June 21 on weapons charges, following his arrest Thursday for allegedly selling firearms to federal undercover officers, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office said today.

Hector "Big Weasel" Marroquin, 51 -- who founded the one-time city-funded group "No Guns" in 1996, purportedly to work against gang and gun violence in the inner city -- is charged with the sale of an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers, Susan Raichel, a spokeswoman with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms told the Los Angeles Times.

It is his second weapons-related arrest in as many years.

Marroquin was arrested at his home in the 8000 block of Sixth Street in Downey, Raichel told the paper.

Agents found gang photos and writings when they raided a junkyard Marroquin owns in the 4000 block of Mason Street in South Gate, and his restaurant, Marroking Seafood and Bar, in the 7000 block of Atlantic Avenue in Cudahy, according to Raichel.

Also arrested was Sylvia Arrellano, 25, who faces the same charges, Raichel said.

The arrests are part of a nine-month investigation into weapons sales by the 18th Street gang, to which Marroquin once belonged before founding No Guns in 1996, after his son was shot.

Marroquin claimed to have helped more than 60 gang members find jobs in labor unions, according to the paper.

No Guns eventually became part of the city's L.A. Bridges anti-gang program and received $1.5 million from the city before its subcontract was canceled last year, in part because Marroquin was arrested in Hawthorne on weapons charges.

That case is still pending.

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mnrivrat
June 9, 2007, 06:29 AM
Hector "Big Weasel" Marroquin, 51 -- who founded the one-time city-funded group "No Guns" in 1996

is charged with the sale of an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers

No Guns eventually became part of the city's L.A. Bridges anti-gang program and received $1.5 million from the city

Looks like the City funded Hector's adventures pretty well ! LOL

I have no idea why I find myself chuckling over this one !

NCLivingBrit
June 9, 2007, 06:34 AM
I guess being part of the anti-gun group was to drive up the prices for his illegal gun sales?

eric_t12
June 9, 2007, 07:43 AM
But... but... he was against guns! he even said so in his groups name!

i think being around them all this time finally took hold over him and made him a criminal!

oh wait - he WAS a criminal... REFORMED... of course :barf::banghead:

gunsmith
June 9, 2007, 07:47 AM
The 1911 Sullivan act in NYC was the same scheme, make it illegal
to carry so you have unarmed victims who can't fight back.

Erebus
June 9, 2007, 07:53 AM
Dupe

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=280960

Erebus
June 9, 2007, 07:58 AM
I think TallPine hit the nail on the head in the other thread.

Let's see ... criminals advocating the disarmament of their victims - how is that so surprising?

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