Man arrested with guns at LAX charged...

Man arrested with guns at LAX charged today

There are 25 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Feb 5, 2009, titled Man arrested with guns at LAX charged today. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Phillip Joseph Dominguez, 47, of Orange, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles on eight felony counts and three misdemeanor charges.

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daniel

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 5, 2009
This is so wrong. Leave the guy alone.
mike

United States

#2 Feb 5, 2009
A loaded musket?? Yeh, this guy would be bad news in 1860. I assume the "assault weapon" charge is trumped up - everything that isn't an 1863 Richmond Armory musket could be called an "assault weapon".

Testosterone is the controlled substance they nabbed him for? Holy cow, batman.

Our country:
- Don't pay taxes, get a high level government job
- Ruin a major company, get millions in cash and prizes
- Hire a guy to ruin a major company, get bailed out
- Have 14 babies you can't afford, get cash and prizes
- Stop paying your mortgage cause you don't feel like it, get a mortgage reduction
- Assert your Second Ammendment Rights, go to prison

I'm sending money to his attorney.

Since: Jan 09

United States

#3 Feb 5, 2009
Wow!!! That was just dumb going to the airport with all the guns loaded. That just real dumb!!!!
formerly really

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#4 Feb 5, 2009
mike wrote:
A loaded musket?? Yeh, this guy would be bad news in 1860. I assume the "assault weapon" charge is trumped up - everything that isn't an 1863 Richmond Armory musket could be called an "assault weapon".
Testosterone is the controlled substance they nabbed him for? Holy cow, batman.
Our country:
- Don't pay taxes, get a high level government job
- Ruin a major company, get millions in cash and prizes
- Hire a guy to ruin a major company, get bailed out
- Have 14 babies you can't afford, get cash and prizes
- Stop paying your mortgage cause you don't feel like it, get a mortgage reduction
- Assert your Second Ammendment Rights, go to prison
I'm sending money to his attorney.
Actually, I was very pleased to read that Miss Octuplets won't be collecting much in the way of cash and prizes. The major companies like Gerber are distancing themselves. She is bad news for their press. There is yet hope.
Mr Wizard says---

Glendale, CA

#5 Feb 5, 2009
I'm going to send money to his attorney also...the NRA!
libs are scared

Chatsworth, CA

#6 Feb 5, 2009
Pathetic witch hunt. Nunchauks are not illegal in your home or at a training facility.
John

Long Beach, CA

#7 Feb 5, 2009
Good Job Los Angeles Police And LAX Officer'S This is not Mexico we have laws here. Don't want to follow them, Then go to another country.
Rawww

Hacienda Heights, CA

#8 Feb 5, 2009
Waste of time, and tax payers dollars
NRA Member

Canyon Country, CA

#9 Feb 5, 2009
Mr Wizard says--- wrote:
I'm going to send money to his attorney also...the NRA!
I'm an NRA member, life-time in fact, and I think what this guy did was incredibly stupid. At a time when we are fighting tooth and nail for our gun rights, and now have an anti-gun president, the last thing I wanted was to see guns in the headlines! Thanks to this idiot and his trip to the airport, that's exactly what happened. Whether you think it was a crime or not, it was, and this guy made future gun ownership that much more in jeopardy. Think before you back his actions.
formerly really

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#10 Feb 5, 2009
NRA Member wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm an NRA member, life-time in fact, and I think what this guy did was incredibly stupid. At a time when we are fighting tooth and nail for our gun rights, and now have an anti-gun president, the last thing I wanted was to see guns in the headlines! Thanks to this idiot and his trip to the airport, that's exactly what happened. Whether you think it was a crime or not, it was, and this guy made future gun ownership that much more in jeopardy. Think before you back his actions.
Thank you for getting the big picture. This fool driving into the airport with a loaded handgun is the last thing the rest of us need.
Native

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Feb 6, 2009
This amounts to harrassment. What was their justification for searching his home? I certainly hope that he has a good lawyer. I would be willing to donate to his legal defence. This guy owns his guns legally and had no intention of removing them from their locked container in his vehicle. He had the guns as a matter of convienence to avoid an extra 100 mile drive on the day of his arrest. You would think that the liberal wackos would be happy that he was trying to reduce his "carbon footprint". Instead they are ruining his life.
Native

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Feb 6, 2009
NRA Member wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm an NRA member, life-time in fact, and I think what this guy did was incredibly stupid. At a time when we are fighting tooth and nail for our gun rights, and now have an anti-gun president, the last thing I wanted was to see guns in the headlines! Thanks to this idiot and his trip to the airport, that's exactly what happened. Whether you think it was a crime or not, it was, and this guy made future gun ownership that much more in jeopardy. Think before you back his actions.
Why do you suppose they ramped up their enforcement at LAX? It's been quiet for years and now suddenly we have several incidents over a period of a few months. They are looking harder for guns and as a result they have found some.
formerly really

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Native wrote:
This amounts to harrassment. What was their justification for searching his home? I certainly hope that he has a good lawyer. I would be willing to donate to his legal defence. This guy owns his guns legally and had no intention of removing them from their locked container in his vehicle. He had the guns as a matter of convienence to avoid an extra 100 mile drive on the day of his arrest. You would think that the liberal wackos would be happy that he was trying to reduce his "carbon footprint". Instead they are ruining his life.
How do you know he had "no intention" of taking the guns out and shooting up the place? Because he said so? Should we just let everybody take loaded weapons into an international airport and known terrorist target if they say they aren't planning on doing anything?

Seriously, You can't take a full size bottle of shampoo into the airport but this idiot thought it was okay to pack his car with 14 firearms, two of them loaded? More than once? He said he "forgot" the handgun was loaded and he'd gone to the airport with these weapons several times. Now what are the odds that the guy was just leaving them in the trunk of his car between trips to the range? I think they are pretty good. Responsible gun owners don't do that. How can you in any good conscience defend such stupidity?
libs are scared

Chatsworth, CA

#14 Feb 6, 2009
formerly really wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you know he had "no intention" of taking the guns out and shooting up the place? Because he said so? Should we just let everybody take loaded weapons into an international airport and known terrorist target if they say they aren't planning on doing anything?
Seriously, You can't take a full size bottle of shampoo into the airport but this idiot thought it was okay to pack his car with 14 firearms, two of them loaded? More than once? He said he "forgot" the handgun was loaded and he'd gone to the airport with these weapons several times. Now what are the odds that the guy was just leaving them in the trunk of his car between trips to the range? I think they are pretty good. Responsible gun owners don't do that. How can you in any good conscience defend such stupidity?
He should not have had any of them loaded. Remeber the guns were in locked cases locked in the rear of a pick-up truck. Hardly available for quick access. Not how anyone transporting them for something other than lawfull use would do. Since the driver dould not physically access the guns it will cause the prosecution some problems. As far as the musket being "loaded" that would be open to some interpitation.

I take guns to the airport all the time. They arrive there in my car or sometimes on a shuttle. I check them in my luggage. I also have ammo in that luggage. It is perfectly legal to do that. This whole case smacks of something strange.

I have never seen a security checkpoint for vehicles at the airport for one. I have also never heard of a computer program that randomly selects vehicles being used by the police. Both were mentioned in the original article IIRC.

Guess we will have to wait until the facts come out at the trial. Should be interesting.
Hazel Paci

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Feb 6, 2009
John wrote:
Good Job Los Angeles Police And LAX Officer'S This is not Mexico we have laws here. Don't want to follow them, Then go to another country.
Hey John, maybe you'll be wanting to go to another country if the Anti-Gun bozo's succeed in reversing our 2nd amendment "Right to Bear Arms", as they did in Australia. It has been 1 year since those citizens had their firearms taken away-Assaults have increase over 44%, Murders up 9.6%, all crime is up. Now, only the Bad Guys and the Police have guns and does it LOOK like the police
have it under control?
I beg to differ with you on your, "good job LAPD and LAX officers", Those security officers cost the citizens of LA a hugh amount of money, the goobers panicked, like the little girls they are, when they saw 16 guns! While they stumbled all over each other, not knowing what to do, someone decided to call the ATF and the FBI! Talk about costing the taxpayers! The guns were all in locked cases in and locked, again, in the back of his pick up. He was picking up a friend from out of state and going to the gun range for a day of target practice. At worst, Phil was guilty of and error in judgement, not the Federal case they're trying to make of it. They made such a big deal out of it, that now they are trying to not lose face and look stupid! Even the officer who gave the press a statement about it said, "Mr. Dominguez meant no one any harm and was here to pick up a friend." People take guns to the airport all the time, it is NOT a crime as long as they are in the proper containers, as Phils were. Obviously, from your comments, YOU have never made a mistake, but when you do, and you will, I hope that those who have the power to decide about you, judge you with as much understanding as you have shown Phillip Dominguez. Bonehead!
Native

El Segundo, CA

#18 Feb 6, 2009
formerly really wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you know he had "no intention" of taking the guns out and shooting up the place? Because he said so? Should we just let everybody take loaded weapons into an international airport and known terrorist target if they say they aren't planning on doing anything?
Seriously, You can't take a full size bottle of shampoo into the airport but this idiot thought it was okay to pack his car with 14 firearms, two of them loaded? More than once? He said he "forgot" the handgun was loaded and he'd gone to the airport with these weapons several times. Now what are the odds that the guy was just leaving them in the trunk of his car between trips to the range? I think they are pretty good. Responsible gun owners don't do that. How can you in any good conscience defend such stupidity?
This guy was DRIVING at the airport. He was not going through passenger screening to board a flight. He was going there to pick somebody up. So far there are no "thought police" as far as I know. That means you can only be charged for a crime that you have committed. This poor guy was ignorant of the recently passed laws that restrict firearms EVEN IN VEHICLES near an airport. If he had been on any other road, he would not have been committing a crime. Just because he is a gun enthusiast, it does not make him a criminal. Guns are legal (so far) and are not dangerous by themselves. When used improperly or with criminal intent, they can kill. The same may be said for an automobile.
lax worker

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Feb 6, 2009
to thoes of u who question why lax has "ramped up"
security at lax, the answer is it has not. The
check point at the entrance on the road in has
been in operation since 9-11. it goes up and down
with no notice. It's true we haven't had an
episode but this could be becuase of not a lack of
security.
formerly really

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#20 Feb 6, 2009
Native wrote:
<quoted text>
This guy was DRIVING at the airport. He was not going through passenger screening to board a flight. He was going there to pick somebody up. So far there are no "thought police" as far as I know. That means you can only be charged for a crime that you have committed. This poor guy was ignorant of the recently passed laws that restrict firearms EVEN IN VEHICLES near an airport. If he had been on any other road, he would not have been committing a crime. Just because he is a gun enthusiast, it does not make him a criminal. Guns are legal (so far) and are not dangerous by themselves. When used improperly or with criminal intent, they can kill. The same may be said for an automobile.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Honestly, How is it possible that he thought taking loaded guns onto airport property was legal? By the way, it is NEVER legal to drive with a loaded firearm without a special dipensation, so yes, what he was doing would have been illegal on ANY road, let alone one into the airport.

Why don't you try looking at this from the other side. Let's say you are airport security. You pull over a guy with 14 guns in the back of his car. He doesn't have a plane ticket. He says he's there to "pick up a friend" and they are going straight to the range. The range is in San Bernardino. One of his guns is a legal knock off of a high powered military weapon. Another is a loaded handgun. He says he "forgot" one of his guns was loaded. Do you let him go and say have a nice day, this way to the terminal? Of course not, because doing so would be a gross dereliction of your duty to protect the lives of everyone in that airport. I guarantee you that had he gone in and shot someone, people would be screaming for the heads of every security officer at LAX. Can you imagine the reaction if he'd been allowed to pass through a checkpoint and then killed someone? Not only would they try to outlaw every gun in America, they'd search every car and every person going on the property from then on. Try to see the big picture here.
Rog

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Feb 6, 2009
These weapons could end up in criminal hands. This guy is definitely a problem to the community, and should be locked up.
Bob

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Feb 7, 2009
Majority of the weapons were locked and unloaded in the bed of the truck. After he informed the police of the weapons, they searched the truck and found 2 loaded handguns in the cab of the truck. These are two live weapons within reach, which is illegal. I believe in our gun rights, but please don't be stupid when doing it. He could have surely had his friend take a bus to the Parking Lot B to avoid this whole mess. Now he is harming our gun ownership rights.
libs are scared wrote:
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He should not have had any of them loaded. Remeber the guns were in locked cases locked in the rear of a pick-up truck. Hardly available for quick access. Not how anyone transporting them for something other than lawfull use would do. Since the driver dould not physically access the guns it will cause the prosecution some problems. As far as the musket being "loaded" that would be open to some interpitation.
I take guns to the airport all the time. They arrive there in my car or sometimes on a shuttle. I check them in my luggage. I also have ammo in that luggage. It is perfectly legal to do that. This whole case smacks of something strange.
I have never seen a security checkpoint for vehicles at the airport for one. I have also never heard of a computer program that randomly selects vehicles being used by the police. Both were mentioned in the original article IIRC.
Guess we will have to wait until the facts come out at the trial. Should be interesting.

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