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A Capitol Rioter Has Been Charged Under A Rarely Used Gun Law That Was Drafted Specifically To Target Black Activists.
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A Capitol Rioter Has Been Charged Under A Rarely Used Gun Law That Was Drafted Specifically To Target Black Activists.


A grand jury has indicted a Capitol defendant who admitted to transporting a weapon across state lines ahead of the Jan. 6 insurgency at the United States Capitol.

Guy Reffitt of Texas was charged with transporting "a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, knowing and having reason to know that the firearm will be used unlawfully in furtherance of a civil disorder" in a superseding indictment returned Wednesday and unsealed Thursday by a federal grand jury in D.C.

According to a law enforcement official, Reffitt is the first Capitol defendant indicted under the civil disorder statute's firearm component, which was enacted as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, championed by segregationist lawmakers intent on targeting Black activists.

Reffitt was arrested on January 18 after his son, who had contacted the FBI about two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot, told the feds that Reffitt had made threatening statements. He was ordered held until trial.

In a letter to ProPublica, Reffitt boasted that the group could have taken over the United States Capitol if they had wanted to, and was recorded telling his son that he did bring a weapon onto Capitol grounds.

According to federal authorities, he later boasted about carrying a pistol to the Capitol and telling an officer that he needed to "get a bigger damn gun."

“I had my Spartan Armor plates, my kidney plates, and my.40 on my side,” Reffitt allegedly told other Three Percenters militia members during a Zoom call on Jan. 10, and described a social media company’s facility in a nearby Texas town.

Some congressional Republicans, 147 of whom voted to overturn the 2020 election results, have sought to downplay the Jan. 6 attack, objecting to the term "insurgency" and claiming that few defendants were arrested with weapons on Jan. 6, despite the fact that law enforcement officials were so overwhelmed on Jan. 6 that they made very few arrests on the spot.

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence.

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective.

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective..They were concerned that, with D in charge,

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective..They were concerned that, with D in charge,.The letter C is a formalized para

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective..They were concerned that, with D in charge,.The letter C is a formalized para.Because of gun laws, they would be apprehended before they reached the Capitol.

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective..They were concerned that, with D in charge,.The letter C is a formalized para.Because of gun laws, they would be apprehended before they reached the Capitol..So they chose to carry street-legal weapons they could use at the Capitol: stun guns, Tasers, pepper spray, bear spray, wasp spray, baseball bats, axes, hockey sticks, batons, flagpoles, knives, and anything else that could be used as a blunt weapon.

However, many of the defendants who swarmed the Capitol did not leave their guns at home out of some lofty commitment to nonviolence..According to multiple court documents and Stardia's review of several Capitol defendants' social media accounts, many of the rioters chose not to bring firearms because they believed that carrying such weapons would make them less effective..They were concerned that, with D in charge,.The letter C is a formalized para.Because of gun laws, they would be apprehended before they reached the Capitol..So they chose to carry street-legal weapons they could use at the Capitol: stun guns, Tasers, pepper spray, bear spray, wasp spray, baseball bats, axes, hockey sticks, batons, flagpoles, knives, and anything else that could be used as a blunt weapon..

More weapons charges against future and current defendants are a near certainty as federal authorities continue to work their way through cases and uncover new evidence.

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