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Teen arrested with rifle at Las Vegas high school campus

Updated Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 | 6:02 p.m.

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Jake Benton Howell

A teenage former student was arrested today on the campus of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy after authorities found an unloaded rifle in his car.

Capt. Ken Young of the Clark County School District Police said a parent alerted authorities to the gun, which was visible in the back seat of a car owned by Jake Howell, 18. Officers found ammunition in the car as well as several small knives.

Young said that there's no evidence Howell, who was apparently at the northwest Las Vegas high school visiting friends, was planning anything and that he made no threats.

The SKS semi-automatic rifle was not registered, although in Nevada a gun over 12 inches in length doesn't require registration.

Howell has been charged with four counts of possessing a dangerous weapon at a school.

In the wake of a deadly school shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., Young says Clark County police checked several hundred rumors about threats in the nation's fifth-largest school district.

Police also stepped up their presence Friday at area high school campuses.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

CORRECTION: The SKS is not an automatic weapon and is not considered an assault rifle. | (December 22, 2012)

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  1. I say you or whoever who should post a picture of these people committing crimes. The picture of the person commiting the crime needs to be spread around the valley, and more..perhaps state wide and also to California, Arizona and Utah..we need to see who are doing these things..and post info about the person, or persons as well..this crap needs to STOP and the parents need to take action if it is their children...Metro and Henderson cops need to support this. This is not a matter of human rights, it is is a matter of MY life and yours...I like my life, I don't know about you???

  2. "The SKS automatic rifle was not registered, although in Nevada a gun under 12 inches in length doesn't require registration."

    D'Urso -- you should get your facts straight. An SKS is a semi-auto forefunner of the AK-47. I know, I have one.

    Despite the media-fueled hysteria, the real question is whether or not he had the weapon "for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes." It's what our Declaration of Rights protects.

    "Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Adams "Thoughts on Government" (1776)

  3. I agree that the reporter is almost criminally negligent in accuracy of representation.

    The has never been any such weapon as the "SKS automatic rifle".

    Despite variants being produced in over 19 countries, the "Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945" has never has a fully automatic version, the basic design of the internal 10 round box magazine making any such attempt academic at best.

    Since the SKS does not support high capacity removable magazines (or any removable magazine for that matter) the reporter is having to take extensive artistic liberty to describe it as an "assault rifle"

  4. Next up: Police will discover stockpiles of "assault muskets" at local museums.

  5. "EVERY gun in Nevada should be registered!"

    BryanG -- why exactly? You think the real criminals will comply? Like the biggest criminals for providing assault rifles in bulk to the bad guys is our very own federal government -- and we just elected the #2 guy responsible, who then rehired the #1 guy responsible. Can you say "fast and furious"?

    "KillerB to the rescue -- after all they're just reporters, while propaganda sells better than facts."

    Harley -- ain't that the truth. Makes one wonder what else was made up.

    "Despite variants being produced in over 19 countries, the "Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945" has never has a fully automatic version..."

    wendor -- I'm impressed! Though mine has a 9-round internal clip, which is best loaded with a stripper clip. Using them is almost much a pain as finding them.

    "I think TV is very educational. Every time someone turns on a TV, I go in the other room and read." -- Groucho Marx

  6. I haven't fired one in about twenty years but as I remember:
    An SKS is not an assault rifle. Anyone who thinks it is either is ignorant or lying. It is a WWII vintage semi-automatic rifle or carbine with an attached magazine that holds no more than 10 rounds and is chambered for 7.62 x 39 MM cartridge. It is considered a short range firearm capable of minimum accuracy. The 123 grain cartridge averages about 2,300 fps at the muzzle. In essence, it is a relatively slow cartridge of minimum accuracy at close range achieving low power levels for a .30 caliber round. Like any firearm it is capable of achieving its intended purpose but less so than the average deer rifle. It is crude with loose tolerances which account for both its lack of accuracy and its reliability.

    That the media continues to insist on calling everything above a pea shooter an assault rifle tells us two things. One, they are less knowledgable than they should be to inform the public and they are patently dishonest. When ignorance and ideological agenda are both used to deceive and misinform the public they serve the media are guilty of malice and forethought in their deception.

    Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and our other founding fathers would be a frothing state over the misuse of the public trust, their only fiduciary duty.

  7. Tomorrow I'm going to drive my assault SUV to my assault office and pour a cup of assault coffee from my assault coffee pot. Then I'm going to use my assault MAC to look up assault prices for assault stocking stuffers.

    Later my assault wife and I will go to our favorite assault dinner for an assault lunch. What I won't do tomorrow is to allow myself to insulted anymore by this imitation assault newspaper and its pretend assault reporters that fold, spindle and mutilate the truth in search of lazy yellow journalism. Of course this is only my assault opinion.

  8. Author,

    "...The SKS automatic rifle was not registered, although in Nevada a gun over 12 inches in length doesn't require registration..."

    is a really dumb statement.

    And it was unloaded. Frightening.

    Author, why on earth did you publish an article like this?

  9. "An SKS is not an assault rifle. . .It is a WWII vintage semi-automatic rifle or carbine with an attached magazine that holds no more than 10 rounds. . ."

    BRASS -- it was the Russian counterpart to our M-1 carbine. I have one of those, too. Good call on our founders and today's pretenders.

    "Author, why on earth did you publish an article like this?"

    FreedomRadio -- I'm glad he did, it opened this Discussion. It's a bit disturbing D'Urso hasn't attempted to make the correction. Perhaps he's going by what Metro told him.

    "After the coffee things ain't so bad." -- Henry Herbert Knibbs, cowboy poet, d. 1945

  10. Good Gawd...

    What a shameless, hyper-sensational headline that belies the facts in evidence.

    Mr. Sun ought to be ashamed of that one.

  11. No doubt this article came up short on factual information, and Commenters are calling the journalist out on it.

    Just from personal experiences, teens growing up in rural areas, or from having families that enjoy recreational shooting, it doesn't surprise me that this TEEN simply did NOT think about it. He didn't think about it being a big NO-NO to possess, and transport a gun/weapon and ammunition onto a school campus, even being "locked up" inside his vehicle. That was truly a stupid and irresponsible mistake that now will follow him for many years into adulthood. Good grief!

    Presently, news media sources have not disclosed the intention of this teen in respect to the weapon, only that the teen was visiting past teachers and peers at the school, which I believe was his real intent, not to do any harm at the school. Stuff like this adds to the public paranoia and escalates fearful behaviors.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  12. "...truly a stupid and irresponsible mistake that now will follow him for many years into adulthood. . .news media sources have not disclosed the intention of this teen in respect to the weapon, only that the teen was visiting past teachers and peers at the school, which I believe was his real intent, not to do any harm at the school. Stuff like this adds to the public paranoia and escalates fearful behaviors."

    star -- so it's a "truly a stupid and irresponsible mistake" for a presumably responsible teen to exercise his Constitutional right to keep and bear a firearm? Considering how some past laws required every male 16 and older to do so, and how it was no big deal for some kids to actually bring a rifle to school as part of their duty to put meat on the family table, "public paranoia" is an accurate statement.

    My kids survived Katrina so I paid attention. Despite the warm and fuzzy commercials of the military helping rescue survivors, the facts are far more chilling. The National Guard actually went door to door searching for guns to confiscate, and removed all weapons -- even cigarette lighters -- from those desperate to get into the Super Dome. As history shows those people were then unable to defend themselves where the situation degenerated to anarchy.

    "I think you all know that I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan on YouTube @ http://youtu.be/xhYJS80MgYA

  13. "...the gun nuts are raging mad the reporter didn't get the make, model, description of the gun correct."

    CreatedEQL -- it's evident either you didn't read the article or you're just another one of those who makes it up as you go along. As I plainly stated, and others who know have supported, an SKS is not automatic. If this boy had brought a machine gun to school or anywhere else that's one thing. He didn't. And nobody posting on this side "raged" about anything. Get a grip on reality then try again.

    "...how little does the common herd know of the nature of right and truth." - Socrates in Plato's "Euthyphro" (399 B.C.E.?)

  14. The shame is that the anti-gun crowd focuses on an inanimate object as the root of all evil rather than acknowledging human behavior as the problem. That of course goes along with their never taking responsibility for anything as evidenced by the majority of legislative initiatives they put forth. This will never change and we must accept that. It is therefore our charge to do the opposite and put the onus on human behavior and the preventions and solutions to our human failures where it rightfully belongs. Potentially well meaning but poorly reasoned solutions almost always result in few positive results while creating a mountain of unintended consequences that sap the creativity and personal freedoms of all.

  15. "Lets use the second amendment to start limiting the free press..."

    simplysaid -- you obviously know nothing about the Second Amendment. Look it up and try again.

    "The struggle for liberty has been a struggle against Government. The essential scheme of our Constitution and Bill of Rights was to take Government off the backs of people." -- Columbia Broadcasting Sys., Inc. v. Democratic Nat'l Comm., 412 U.S. 94, 162 (1973), Justice Douglas concurring

  16. "Funny thing is the SKS is just as good as an AK .. but people make a big deal about a plastic embellish gun."

    mred -- your ignorance is showing. "AK" stands for "Automatic Kalishnikov" [sic]. And neither are plastic.

    "...he obviously wasn't a law abiding citizen if he was arrested for breaking the law. The patriot act eliminated our protection against illegal search and seizure..."

    CreatedEQL -- and you continue to be obviously ignorant. Constitutions trump laws every time. The Patriot Act eliminated only the parts of the Bill of Rights sheep like you are willing to give up.

    "...a legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law." -- Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803)

  17. For KillerB: The CCSD is very clear about the rules in regards to bringing onto school property weapons of any form. The teen is a former CCSD student and had prior knowledge to the fact. All students and parents are informed of these rules and district policy and sign acknowledging this each and every year of enrollment. This is present case.

    In regards to the past, sure, I grew up during an age kids carried their pocket knives to school, or after school did target practice with their BB guns, air rifles, or, as the individual case may be, their 22s. Even my own children grew up around sport shooting. To date, never a problem.

    If you are arguing about it being a Constitutional Right to carry a weapon onto a public school campus, guess such would have to be settled in court. Here in Las Vegas, people are much better off NOT having everyone who wanted to, carrying a weapon at a public school due to safety issues. As a teacher, I much rather be working in a classroom where students are NOT sitting there with a weapon in their possession.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  18. "The CCSD is very clear about the rules in regards to bringing onto school property weapons of any form."

    star -- since the CCSD is a government institution it's bound by the Constitutions. As you may have seen that doesn't stop conflicting laws, rules & regulations from being passed and enforced.

    I understand your point about being a teacher and needing to be safe, but that misses the larger issue. All power is dangerous when given to beginners, especially the young. Responsible parents don't let kids play with matches before they're ready to handle fire and respect its uncontrolled consequences. Strangely that kind of reasoning is absent from most of these Discussions here.

    I'd also point out both Sandy Hook and Columbine were gun-free zones. The people who dutifully obey those gun control laws are usually the victims. As you can see below, the point has long ago been settled by the highest court. I recommend Penn & Teller's "Gun Control BS" -- it's on YouTube

    "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491 (1966)

  19. I'm hardly defending the "former student" who brought a firearm onto school property, but who on the LVSun staff wrote this article? Woody Woodpecker?