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World famous comedian and movie star Vince Vaughn came out with a double barrel defense of gun rights during a recent interview, calling for guns in schools and arguing the Second Amendment is intended to defend against “the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”
The star of the new season of the hit HBO series “True Detective,” outlined his pro-gun views during an interview with British GQ, which released excerpts of the sit down June 1. Vaughn — who has outlined his distinctly libertarian views in recent press sit-downs — stands in sharp contrast to many of his Hollywood colleagues who call for bans on firearm ownership.
“We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government,” Vaughn told British GQ. “It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”
Vaughn went on to call for armed defense of children in schools, arguing elites have security for their kids and criminals ignore “gun-free zone” laws.
“Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” Vaughn explained, mirroring arguments from noted gun crime researcher Dr. John Lott. “In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there.”
It is unclear whether Vaughn, who starred in beloved comedies like Wedding Crashers and Old School, will face any backlash for his views. Some Hollywood notables have teamed with anti-gun groups to push for more gun laws and many in the industry shun those with pro-Second Amendment views.
But that doesn’t seem to stop Vaughn from pushing back against his Silver Screen colleagues.
“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said. “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”
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FBI agents violated the Fourth Amendment by turning off the Internet and then pretending to be repairmen to enter an alleged bookie’s hotel suite and search computers without a warrant, a federal judge has ruled.
US District Judge Andrew P. Gordon also ruled that it is unconstitutional for agents to cut off Internet service without a warrant.
“They were trying everything they could to get inside without a warrant,” attorney Thomas Goldstein said of FBI agents in an interview with the Associated Press.
Goldstein represents Wei Seng Phua and a number of other men accused of running an illegal online sports book out of villas at the Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas.
In his opinion, Golden said the case “tests the boundaries of how far the government can go when creating a subterfuge to access a suspect’s premises.”
“Here, the government disrupted the Internet service to the defendant’s hotel room in order to generate a repair call. Government agents then posed as repairmen to gain access to the defendant’s room and conduct a surreptitious search for evidence of an illegal sports betting operation,” Gordon wrote. “By creating the need for a third party to enter defendant’s premises and then posing as repairmen to gain entry, the government violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights.”
The Fourth Amendment protects “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures,” Gordon wrote, ordering the evidence collected not be considered in determining the man’s guilt or innocence.
The evidence was collected during a joint investigation by the FBI and the Nevada Gambling Control Board (NVGCB) in the summer of 2014. The two agencies received a tip that Phua and other guests were taking online bets on World Cup Soccer.
Hotel workers reportedly saw what looked like an illegal bookie operation set up in Phua’s high roller villa.
To get into the Villa, the FBI and NVGCB recruited Mike Wood, the owner of Wood Telemanagement & Solutions, the company that maintains the DSL service at Caesars. Wood agreed to help the FBI by cutting off Internet service and letting two of its agents poise as his employees. The two had no warrant and they were wearing recording devices.
“The ruse’s only purpose was to gain entry into villa 8882 and gather evidence without a warrant,” Gordon wrote of the agents’ behavior.
In the villa, an NVGCB agent named Ricardo Lopez and the FBI agent saw Phua and another man sitting at computers looking at sports betting sites. After leaving the villa, Lopez and the FBI applied for warrants to search the villa. The application for the warrants was based on information gathered during the warrantless search. The FBI later raided the villas and arrested Phua and his associates.
Phua only learned of the warrantless search when details of it were entered as evidence at a federal trial.
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