Brett Kimberlin already had a felony conviction for perjury during the Speedway Bombings, so it was federal felony for him to posses explosives. It was also a federal felony for him to posses a firearm. The TKPOTD for nine years ago today dealt with how effect such laws are in compelling compliance by criminals.
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As I’ve mentioned before, Brett Kimberlin is running a website called NRA Watch (No, I won’t link to it.) that supports a ban on modern sporting rifles such as the AR15. Back in the ’70s, when he was prohibited by the Gun Control Act of 1968 from possessing firearms because of a felony conviction, Brett Kimberlin had a significant personal arsenal. Here’s a partial description from the appeal of his bombing conviction to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [805 F.2d 210 (1986)]:
ATF Agent Donovan testified that in a search of defendant’s home September 23, 1978, he found a .22 caliber rifle and two shotguns, a box of 12 gauge shotgun shells, a box of .22 caliber ammunition, and a clip containing four .30 caliber rounds. Twelve (12) gauge shotgun shells and 30.06 ammunition had also been found in the Impala. This evidence came in without objection.
Scott Bixler was a co-defendant with defendant Kimberlin in the Texas marijuana case. In rebuttal he testified that in the summer of 1978 he purchased seven AR-15 rifles at $300 each. Defendant Kimberlin supplied the money, and Bixler turned six of the rifles over to him. Days before, Bixler had purchased a shotgun for defendant Kimberlin. This testimony came in without objection. There was testimony that an AR-15 was found at the Patricia Strait residence in Texas, along with apparent bomb components, and that the serial number on the rifle was scratched through. This evidence came in without objection.
On redirect, Bixler testified, over objection, that he and defendant Kimberlin had shot a semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol with a silencer on the end of it. Kimberlin had provided this weapon. They shot it at the “airstrip,” a location which figured in the marijuana operation.
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Some how, I’ve managed to get by with only one.