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Wrongfully accused, wrongfully imprisoned, and held for days without even being charged, Matthew Corwin is now a sad testimony to a climate of fear.

In this post-9/11 era, and especially after the recent tragedies at Virginia Tech, it is perhaps natural for people to be afraid. Fear can be a good thing. It keeps us alive and unhurt, prompting us to use another ATM machine, for example, when a group of thugs hangs around your first choice after dark, casting furtive glances at you as you walk by. But fear can consume you, too, and it can grow into a monster. If you were frightened by a young black man in baggy pants outside your ATM machine, would it be right for you to attack - or arrest - a black student on his way to class in the middle of the day? What if he were wearing baggy pants? Can you justify doing that to someone, just because you were frightened by the way they looked? What if this young man, who turns out to be the class president and had committed no crime, were arrested by the police? Would you be angry? Would you feel a sense of injustice? If you wouldn't, you need to have a long talk with yourself.

Yet this is exactly what was done to Matthew Corwin. President of the Associated Student Body at East L. A. College, military veteran, and part-time MP in the US Army Reserve, Matthew was arrested last week on suspicion of having illegal weapons. You see, in addition to his other interests, Matthew is also a gun-rights advocate. That's right, he has guns. He likes guns. He has lots of friends who like guns, and they go target shooting together on weekends. He is no brooding loner or psychopath. He is just different enough to get noticed. And get noticed he did, when he posted pictures of himself and his friends holding their guns on myspace.

Liking guns is not a crime. Having guns is not a crime. Wearing baggy pants is not a crime. It's true, there are some guns that we, as ordinary citizens, are not allowed to have. But Matthew knows these laws. He knows what is and is not legal, and he and his friends work hard to stay within the law. What they do not do is hide. They are not "in the closet" about their hobby. With them, what you see is what you get.

Last Thursday night, Matthew paid for that honesty, that openness, with his freedom. He didn't hurt anybody. He didn't threatened anybody. He just frightened somebody by being himself.

And now he is in jail. His bond is set at $365,000, so he will not be leaving any time soon. Adding insult to injury, he is prohibited from going within 100 yards of his school's campus, if he manages to get out of jail, or from contacting anyone there. How will he pass his classes and finish the term? Who will do his duties as student body president? Was he a threat to anyone, the next Virginia Tech shooter? Of course not. Ask any of his numerous friends, and they will tell you he was not.

Don't let this fear grow into a monster. Free Matthew Corwin.

-Wolfmans Dad from www.calguns.net
 

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yea heard about it...all the guns looked CA legal but there could be other story behind it that we dont know about
 

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sounds suspicious. i never thought i would say this, but i might have to wait for the news story. simply because a journalist would most likely bring facts from the police side as well.

you have to take into serious account that this is from the father of the jailed individual. How many times have we seen outlandish bias towards ones kin in the news? how about the family and friends of a dead punk kid who was shot and killed after attempting to rob a man at gun point, for example.
 

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If all that is true, I would have been executed by CA long ago.

Gotta be more to this story, otherwise I wouldn't be here typing this. lol
 

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It was not his father that posted it. This is the 4th arrest, I believe, of legally configured rifle this year in CA...at least that I've seen.

You are all welcome to check out more info on it.

www.calguns.net

It's in the 2nd Am section. His screen name is BlackWaterOps or BWO.

brucelee said:
If all that is true, I would have been executed by CA long ago.

Gotta be more to this story, otherwise I wouldn't be here typing this. lol
You havn't been "turned in" by some gun fearing hippy yet. If someone calls the ATF or another alphabet group and "CLAIMS" that you have illegal weapon, they WILL get a warrant...they will take your guns into "safekeeping"...they will make your life miserable until proven innocent. Sad, but true.
 

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It was not his father that posted it. This is the 4th arrest, I believe, of legally configured rifle this year in CA...at least that I've seen.

You are all welcome to check out more info on it.

www.calguns.net

It's in the 2nd Am section. His screen name is BlackWaterOps or BWO.


You havn't been "turned in" by some gun fearing hippy yet. If someone calls the ATF or another alphabet group and "CLAIMS" that you have illegal weapon, they WILL get a warrant...they will take your guns into "safekeeping"...they will make your life miserable until proven innocent. Sad, but true.
How is this possible if all my stuff is legal and legit?
 

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lets test this theory Brucelee. i just got off the phone with the ATF, let me know how it turns out.
I'll Kill you!!!!


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(kidding of course)
 

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bawahahahahahahaha



*glad i dont live in cali*
 

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He got caught after posting pictures of his stuff on myspace. He was an active member of calguns.net. He bought 9 lowers and sold 5 of them, and as far as we know he had the other lowers in CA legal configuration. The story is in the legal section of calguns.net
 

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How is this possible if all my stuff is legal and legit?
Because the ATF, and CA gov't doesn't believe in the constitution. They harrass people constantly even though they are legal. What does it hurt them? They use taxpayer moneyto try and force their will on the poplulace.

Arrest, seize, charge, lose and repeat. Only one who's hurt is the legal gun owner who's out $20k on legal fees.
 

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Can someone post the details? I don't want to wade throught a bunch of forum crap.

Copy and paste.
 

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what Corwin is charged with. of note, counts 1-5, where he is charged with selling "1919 A4, .30 CALIBER MACHINE GUNs", and count 8, owning a "1919 A4, .30 CALIBER MACHINE GUN"...these are actually semi-auto firearms, and completely DOJ legal/approved. see letter below. furthermore, he wasn't selling, he just took the lead in a group buy of 1919's from Allied Armament to 20 some odd calgunners' FFLs. he never personally handled any other 1919 other than his own.

i won't personally attest to his OLL AR-15 and MK 991, but based on his posts at calguns, as well as his friends who have seen the firearms in question, they are CA legal to the letter of the law.

it's unfortunate that his bail is set at 365K as each count carries a bail amount that is cummulative. at the very least, counts 1-5 and 8 are completely bogus. having these removed would cut his bail by more than half.



"ev. 900-1/99 DA Case 27397183 Page 7 Case No. GA069547

FELONY COMPLAINT

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

| | |

| THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, | CASE NO. GA069547 |

| Plaintiff, | |

| v. | |

| | |

| 01 MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN (12/11/1983) | FELONY COMPLAINT |

| Defendant(s). | |

| | |


The undersigned is informed and believes that:


COUNT 1


On or about February 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the

crime of UNLAWFUL ASSAULT WEAPON/.50 BMG RIFLE ACTIVITY, in violation of

PENAL CODE SECTION 12280(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR

CORWIN, who did unlawfully manufacture, caused to the manufactured,

distribute, transport, import into this State, keep for sale, offer and

expose for sale, give and lend an assault weapon and a .50 BMG rifle, to

wit: 1919 A4, .30 CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *

COUNT 2

On or about February 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the

crime of UNLAWFUL ASSAULT WEAPON/.50 BMG RIFLE ACTIVITY, in violation of

PENAL CODE SECTION 12280(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR

CORWIN, who did unlawfully manufacture, caused to the manufactured,

distribute, transport, import into this State, keep for sale, offer and

expose for sale, give and lend an assault weapon and a .50 BMG rifle, to

wit: 1919 A4, .30 CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *

COUNT 3

On or about February 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the

crime of UNLAWFUL ASSAULT WEAPON/.50 BMG RIFLE ACTIVITY, in violation of

PENAL CODE SECTION 12280(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR

CORWIN, who did unlawfully manufacture, caused to the manufactured,

distribute, transport, import into this State, keep for sale, offer and

expose for sale, give and lend an assault weapon and a .50 BMG rifle, to

wit: 1919 A4, .30 CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *


COUNT 4

On or about February 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the

crime of UNLAWFUL ASSAULT WEAPON/.50 BMG RIFLE ACTIVITY, in violation of

PENAL CODE SECTION 12280(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR

CORWIN, who did unlawfully manufacture, caused to the manufactured,

distribute, transport, import into this State, keep for sale, offer and

expose for sale, give and lend an assault weapon and a .50 BMG rifle, to

wit: 1919 A4, CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *


COUNT 5

On or about February 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the

crime of UNLAWFUL ASSAULT WEAPON/.50 BMG RIFLE ACTIVITY, in violation of

PENAL CODE SECTION 12280(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR

CORWIN, who did unlawfully manufacture, caused to the manufactured,

distribute, transport, import into this State, keep for sale, offer and

expose for sale, give and lend an assault weapon and a .50 BMG rifle, to

wit: 1919 A4, CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *

COUNT 6

On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12280(b), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully possess an assault weapon, to wit: CALIBER 7.62 MODEL MK 991.

* * * * *
COUNT 7

On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12280(b), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully possess an assault weapon, to wit: MODEL FAR-15, CALIBER 5.56

MM.

* * * * *

COUNT 8

On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12280(b), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully possess an assault weapon, to wit: 1919 A4, CALIBER MACHINE GUN.

* * * * *

COUNT 9

On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12280(b), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully possess an assault weapon, to wit: MODEL GATOR, (AR-15),

MULTI-CALIBER.

* * * * *

COUNT 10

On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF A DEADLY WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12020(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully manufacture, cause to be manufactured, import into the State of

California, keep for sale, offer and expose for sale, and give, lend, and

possess an instrument and weapon of the kind commonly known as a SHURIKEN,

4 BLADED THROWING STAR.

* * * * *

COUNT 11


On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of POSSESSION OF A DEADLY WEAPON, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION

12020(a)(1), a Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did

unlawfully manufacture, cause to be manufactured, import into the State of

California, keep for sale, offer and expose for sale, and give, lend, and

possess an instrument and weapon of the kind commonly known as a SAP

GLOVES.

* * * * *

COUNT 12
On or about April 26, 2007, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime

of RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION 496(a), a

Felony, was committed by MATTHEW ARTHUR CORWIN, who did unlawfully buy,

receive, conceal, sell, withhold, and aid in concealing, selling, and

withholding property, to wit, MILITARY IDENTIFICATION, MILITARY BADGE,

MILITARY CHEMICAL SUIT, TACTICAL ENTRY, which had been stolen and obtained

by extortion, knowing that said property had been stolen and obtained by

extortion.

* * * * *

NOTICE: Conviction of this offense will require the defendant to provide

DNA samples and print impressions pursuant to Penal Code sections 296 and

296.1. Willful refusal to provide the samples and impressions is a crime.



NOTICE: The People of the State of California intend to present evidence

and seek jury findings regarding all applicable circumstances in

aggravation, pursuant to Penal Code section 1170(b) and Cunningham v.

California 2007 U.S. LEXIS 1324.


I DECLARE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT THE FOREGOING IS TRUE AND CORRECT

AND THAT THIS COMPLAINT, CASE NUMBER GA069547, CONSISTS OF 12 COUNT(S).

Executed at ALHAMBRA, County of Los Angeles, on April 30, 2007.
_____________________________________

JEFF SPELATZ

DECLARANT AND COMPLAINANT


Steve Cooley, DISTRICT ATTORNEY

BY:

RICHARD F. SULLIVAN, DEPUTY"

 

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so their are felony charges in their with merit. yeah, it sux that he is being unlawfully charged with some felony's. but lets be honest here for a second, not every cop is a firearms expert. the firearm laws in cali are so fuckin bonkers that its not hard to get things confused. as long as he dosent have an absolutely dipshit lawyer he will get all the unfounded charges dropped.

as far as bail goes, most courts will accept 10% of the total bail due in cash, and (unlike a bondsman) will REFUND those moneys back if the case is concluded without violation of the conditions of bail.

im in no way trying to say its fair. the system is not perfect (understatement) but i dont think its totally ape-shit crazy that they throw this guy in a cell until he gets time in front of a judge.
 
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