College student arrested with automatic rifle in car

By Susan Svrluga | Washington Post

A University of Central Florida sophomore was arrested after police found an automatic weapon in his car on campus, according to university officials.

Max Bennett Chambers, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering major, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felonies linked to possessing what an affidavit called a machine gun and bump stock. Police have banned him from campus.

An anonymous tip warned that a student may have made devices that turn a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon, increasing the rate of fire, according to the UCF Police Department. Such devices are illegal in Florida.

Police found a modified AR-15 in Chambers’ car, with a box of ammunition near it. They also discovered two completed devices for altering semiautomatic weapons and another under construction in his room in campus housing. They found knives, which are legal but a violation of the university’s housing policy. They found several additional, legally owned guns in his car.

Chambers admitted to purchasing a kit online to alter the AR-15, and a test confirmed the gun was operating as a fully automatic rifle, according to the affidavit. He told police that he had tested the gun this month and knew the alterations were illegal but that he “does not like laws,” according to the affidavit.

“At no time was there an expressed threat to the university community. However, any violation of state law and university policies related to firearms is concerning in this day and age,” UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger said in a statement Wednesday. “We’re grateful for the anonymous reporting and our partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, both of which enabled us to take swift action and get these illegal devices off our campus.”

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Letter: Libraries need controls for age-appropriate material

Libraries need controls for
age-appropriate material

It is time for libraries to stop protecting themselves for their increased adult-only content for all and start being concerned with the young in a decent way.

Once children become teenagers, they no longer have to have their parents sign for their card and yet the library holds the parent responsible.

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As libraries become more digital, it is past time for them to have controls that manage age-appropriate material appropriately.

Thomas Lynch
Berkeley

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Re: “Trump will secure border ‘with or without Congress,’ Mulvaney says” (Page A5, Jan. 28):

Let’s face it: Donald Trump was elected president of our constitutional republic with a minority of the popular vote and now has minority support in the House of Representatives.

He is not a king, emperor or dictator with absolute power, although he clearly covets that status. Not having the majority support of Congress or the public means that he doesn’t get to build his wall just because he promised it and his minority base wants it.

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Congress should pass veto-proof funding bills to keep him from shutting down the government again or impeach him for abuse of power if he declares a national emergency and steals military funding to build his ridiculous and wasteful vanity project.

Philip Shoemaker
Pittsburg

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McConnell: Election day holiday bill is a ‘power grab’

By Felicia Sonmez | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab,” sparking a fierce backlash online.

McConnell was speaking about H.R. 1, legislation that Democrats have made a centerpiece of their agenda since retaking the House earlier this month.

In remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell, R-Ky., said Democrats “want taxpayers on the hook for generous new benefits for federal bureaucrats and government employees,” including making Election Day a “new paid holiday for government workers.”

“So this is the Democrats’ plan to ‘restore democracy,’” McConnell said, describing the legislation as “a political power grab that’s smelling more and more like what it is.”

The far-reaching legislation would also prohibit the purging of voter rolls, require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release their tax returns, compel states to adopt independent redistricting commissions and create a matching system for small-dollar donations to congressional campaigns, among other changes.

In his Wednesday remarks, as well as in a Washington Post commentary earlier this month, McConnell mocked the legislation as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act.”

“H.R. 1 would victimize every American taxpayer by pouring their money into expensive new subsidies that don’t even pass the laugh test,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

His remarks prompted a wave of criticism by Democrats, some of whom argued that McConnell was acknowledging that Republicans want to make it more difficult for Americans to vote.

“Voting is a power grab. By citizens,” Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

Ezra Levin, a former Capitol Hill staffer who co-founded the Indivisible network of liberal activist groups, accused McConnell of “rehearsing old lines.”

“In 1977, after Watergate and Nixon, Jimmy Carter was inaugurated and proposed expansive reforms to campaign finance and to make it easier to vote,” he …read more

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