Oregon man arrested on federal firearm charges
A 26-year-old Oregon man who was arrested at Grants Pass High School after a football game earlier this month may have to remain behind bars while he waits for trial on federal charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds and being a drug user in possession of a firearm.
The man, who is a self-employed landscaper, was reportedly arrested on drunk-driving charges after the October 7 football game. Upon searching his vehicle, officers found marijuana, a loaded .45 caliber pistol, 200 rounds of rifle ammunition, binoculars, and a camouflage coat. Prior to the search, he admitted to smoking marijuana, and a breath showed he was drunk at the time.
When police, a week later, searched the home where the man lives with his mother, they found a collection of guns, abundant ammunition, two military sniper manuals, and a number of suspicious books. In addition, law enforcement also found printouts from a website advocating terrorism, a note regarding the production of explosives, armor-piercing bullet tips, a bulletproof vest, a helmet, as well as a think piece of steel with an armor-piercing bullet embedded in it.
Court documents detail a note the man had written in January 1999, when he was in high school, that read, "I want to take a gun to school and blow away the faculty. When I am done with that, I'll systematically kill every student I can."
The man's father says he is concerned his son may need mental help or counseling. Prosecutors say the man's recent arrest at Grants Pass High School is only the most recent event in a series of behaviors that threaten public safety.
The man's public defender has objected that prosecutors are waited too long to provide her with evidence and that they amended the complaint against the man too close to the hearing in which the man was presented with charges against him.