May 30, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Extremist’s Arsenal: Felon’s Hate-Fueled Weapons Cache Leads to Federal Time

Man Was Part of a Hate Group, Posted Calls for Genocide and Racist Remarks

Ryan Scott Bradford, a 35-year-old man associated with a racially motivated violent extremist group, has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for possessing ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing machine gun conversion devices. Bradford, a resident of Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, was sentenced by United States District Judge Josephine L. Staton.

The sentencing follows Bradford’s guilty plea on January 11 to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of possession of machine guns.

Law enforcement officers from the FBI, the DEA, and the LAPD conducted a search of Bradford’s residence on July 27, 2023, where they recovered 116 rounds of various ammunition. Bradford, prohibited from possessing ammunition due to a 2012 burglary conviction, also had in his possession two machine gun conversion devices for a semiautomatic AR-15-type firearm, four “chip” style machine gun conversion devices for a Glock-type firearm, and two “switch” style machine gun conversion devices for a Glock-type firearm.

During the search, authorities also found two 3D printers, one of which was adorned with swastikas, along with body armor featuring SS bolts and glass containers containing explosive components. In court documents, prosecutors argued that Bradford “has been involved in manufacturing guns for years” and was actively arming himself and others.

United States Attorney Martin Estrada stated, “This violent extremist not only made numerous threats to kill Jews but also was amassing weapons capable of carrying out acts of violence. Hateful behavior of this sort has no place in our society, and we will continue to use all the tools available to protect the community from violence driven by racially motivated ideology.”

Mehtab Syed, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, added, “Mr. Bradford, a felon, was calling for the genocide of Jews and offering to manufacture 3D weapons while illegally possessing firearms and ammunition. The Joint Terrorism Task Force will investigate violent threats and hold accountable individuals who engage in criminal activity.”

According to an affidavit filed last year, Bradford was associated with the San Fernando Valley Peckerwoods, a racially motivated violent extremist group. Bradford, using online aliases referencing the Peckerwoods, posted racist remarks against Jewish people, including calls for mass murder and genocide. Additionally, he shared links and instruction manuals on Telegram concerning hand grenades, biological warfare, and the “Aryan Revolution,” sometimes offering to manufacture firearms and firearm parts for others using 3D printers.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force led the investigation into Bradford’s activities, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Reema El-Amamy of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section prosecuted the case, while Assistant United States Attorney Alex Su of the Asset Forfeiture and Recovery Section handled the forfeiture or abandonment of the firearms, conversion devices, 3D printers, explosives components, and tactical gear seized from Bradford.

in NEWS
Related Posts

(Video) Join a Rock Band This Summer With School of Rock Camps

May 30, 2024

May 30, 2024

SOR Has Venice and West L.A. Locations @yovenicenews Join a rock band this summer at School of Rock #schoolofrock #rocknroll...

Kiesza Unveils Epic Single “The Mysterious Disappearance of Etta Place”, Will Perform at OUTLOUD Festival

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

Electro-pop Star Fuses Folk Storytelling with Cutting-Edge Beats in New Song Electro-pop superstar Kiesza has released one of the most...

Southern California Man Indicted for Hate Crime in Culver City Assault

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

Suspect Faces Up to Ten Years in Federal Prison A federal grand jury has indicted Jesse Allen Lindsey, 37, on...

LA Pride Interview: Sean Gaynor Discusses Booking Star-Studded Lineup for LA Pride’s Annual Concert Event

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

LA Pride in the Park to Feature Ricky Martin in an Electrifying Headline Performance Pride Month is nearly here so...

(Video) Dayglow Coffee Opens New Location in Larchmont

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

The specialty coffee shop that serves premium coffee as drip or hand brew coffee, canned cold brew and espresso drinks....

Join Chef Rashida Holmes for a One-Night-Only Caribbean Feast at Connie & Ted’s

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Six-Course Culinary Collaboration Highlighting Afro-Caribbean Flavors on May 30 As summer approaches, Angelenos are invited to a unique culinary event...

Thousands of UAW Members Join Strike at UCLA and UC Davis Over Unfair Labor Practices

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Union Demand UC Respect Free Speech Rights and Provide Safe Work Environments Thousands of UAW Local 4811 members at UCLA...

Murder Charge Added in Venice Canals Assault Case After Victim’s Death

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Anthony Jones Now Faces Life Sentence Without Possibility of Parole  Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that...

Celebrate National Burger Day with Free Burgers and Special Deals on May 28

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

From Arby’s to Wendy’s, Find out Where to Score the Best Burger Deals As National Burger Day approaches on May...

Pultizer Prize Winning Rapper Signs Deal To Purchase Pricey Brentwood Estate

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Deal Would Be One of the Biggest Real Estate Sales in 2024  Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has agreed...

SaMo Pride to Illuminate Santa Monica with June Celebrations for the Whole Family

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Drag Queen Storytime, Musical Performances to Honor LGBTQ+ Community The annual SaMo Pride celebration is set to paint the city...

Measles Case Reported in Traveler at LAX: Health Officials Issue Exposure Warning

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Fourth Infectious Case of Measles in Los Angeles This Year, Third at LAX The Los Angeles County Department of Public...

West Hollywood’s Arts and Culture Industry Generates $12.4 Million in 2022

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

Industry Supports 248 Jobs and Contributes $3.4 Million in Tax Revenue The nonprofit arts and culture sector in West Hollywood...

UCLA Police Make First Arrest in Attack on Palestine Solidarity Encampment

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

18-year-old Charged With Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Bail Set at $30,000 By Dolores Quintana After three weeks, the University...