Anti-gun group founder pleads ‘not guilty’ on federal weapons charges

Posted by: ST on June 24, 2007 at 11:18 am

Oh, the irony:

The founder of an antiviolence group called No Guns pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal weapons charges.

Hector “Big Weasel” Marroquin is accused of selling an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers to undercover federal agents last fall. He could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

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Marroquin is charged with three counts of manufacture, distribution and transport for sale of an unlawful assault weapon, along with one count each of machine gun conversion and possession of a silencer. He remains free on $260,000 bail.

Mark Steyn responds:

I love America! Even the anti-gun groups are full of gun nuts packing totally awesome heat.

Yeah, as well as full of other so-called “peace activistswho don’t practice what they preach.

Via Instapundit.

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    1. Great White Rat says:

      Saw this story here as well (no registration required).

      Looks like there’s been next to no oversight on any of the money spent on these programs in LA:

      Connie Rice knew it all along. She knew that Hector Marroquin, veteran of the 18th Street Gang and a self-proclaimed anti-gang activist, was still in the life.

      That’s what Rice stated last week, as news broke that Marroquin allegedly sold automatic rifles and silencers to undercover ATF agents on three separate occasions, between September and November.

      On Tuesday, she reiterated her claim of knowing about Marroquin, and called on city officials to probe the $1.5 million in city funds that his anti-gang program, No Guns, received.

      So the city of Los Angeles dropped a million and a half into the pocket of a gang boss on his promise that he’d be anti-gun. And they believed him. But what’s a million or so of taxpayer dollars…there are always more citizen to fleece.

      This was the spit-take line of the article:

      More troubling suspicions arose even earlier. In 2000, L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Valdemar, a now-retired sergeant in the prison-gang unit, wrote memos to the highest levels of Sheriff Lee Baca’s department, identifying Marroquin as an alleged Mexican Mafia associate who was enforcing drug turf and ordering gang hits.

      Wes McBride, a former Sheriff’s deputy, now the head of the California Gang Investigators Association, says he spoke with Baca in early 2006 when Marroquin was charged with gun possession. “I’m sure Baca knew” McBride says. “I told him myself. The problem is getting the brass to listen.”

      McBride says he is unsure if Baca ever warned L.A. police Chief William Bratton. “I don’t know anything about this” says Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore. “I’m swamped with this Paris Hilton thing.”

      Riiiiight. Gotta deal with the important stuff like boozing celebrities first. We can worry about gang leaders and gun sales when we have time.
      :-w

    2. camojack says:

      Hypocrisy abounds:-w