(H/T: the LATimes morning email thingie)
“As the Parkland school shooting continues to reverberate nationally — with more rallies by students, conspiracy theories aimed at discrediting them, and Sen. Marco Rubio facing angry town hall attendees in Florida — authorities in Southern California say they have dealt with several potential threats of school violence in recent days. In Whittier, a school resource deputy overheard a 17-year-old tell a classmate, “I guarantee you the school will be shot up in three weeks.” That led L.A. County sheriff’s investigators to his house, where they say they recovered two semiautomatic AR-15 rifles, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines.”
From the article:
“…According to McDonnell, the El Camino High School teen, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, is being held on suspicion of making criminal threats. His older brother, 28-year-old Army veteran Daniel Barcenas, said the weapons in the home belonged to him; he has been booked on suspicion of numerous crimes, including possession of an assault weapon, McDonnell said.
“One rifle was registered in Barcenas’ name, authorities said. The other was not registered in the state of California. Barcenas is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, according to jail records. Calls to the Department of Defense seeking comment about Barcenas’ service record were not immediately returned.”
That’s extraordinary. It is illegal to own those rifles and high-capacity magazines in California (though the new law is confusing as it grandfathers existing ones if they are registered with the state as assault weapons and have some sort of safety modification), and the magazines are in a legal limbo while the magazine law is being challenged.