Ex-Mass. state senator, now-congressional candidate, says gun theft charges against him are racially motivated
- Former Massachusetts State Sen. Dean Tran pleaded “absolutely not guilty” on Thursday to charges related to an alleged gun theft incident in June 2019.
- Tran, the Republican candidate running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District, is accused of coercing an elderly constituent into giving up her late husband’s firearms and later breaking into her home to steal one of them.
- On Wednesday, Tran filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey, a supporter of Trahan’s, saying the timing of the charges was “politically motivated” and that he is being attacked for being Asian American.
- Tran was stripped of his Senate leadership role in 2020 after the Ethics Committee found that he made his staff campaign for his re-elections in 2018 and 2020 during regular business hours.
Former Massachusetts State Sen. Dean Tran has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection with an alleged gun theft incident in 2019, adding that the timing of the charges was politically and racially motivated.
Tran, the Republican candidate running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, was indicted on July 1 on charges including larceny of a firearm, larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled, filing an application for a license to carry containing false information, obtaining a signature by false pretenses with intent to defraud, misleading a police investigation and stealing by confining or putting in fear, according to MassLive.
Asian Americans are arming themselves in response to the growing xenophobia surrounding COVID-19.
A spike in gun sales has been reported in parts of the West Coast, where a number of confirmed coronavirus cases emerged in recent weeks.
A 25-year-old Chinese graduate student in the U.K. was sentenced to eight months of prison for brandishing and making threats with a fake Beretta 92 pistol.
Yihe Xiong, who was enrolled in a master’s program in computer science at the University of Exeter in South West England, was arrested on June 19 for waving a fake gun in the face of his classmate, according to Shanghaiist.
Members of the Chinese community in San Francisco are reportedly promoting gun ownership as fears of crimes targeting Chinese locals escalate.
In recent months, local Chinese news media reported a number of horrifying crimes, such as the kidnapping and rape of a 74-year-old woman, as well as the beating and robbery of the 56-year-old chairman of the Wong Family Benevolent Association.
A Japanese netizen amazed thousands on Twitter after showing off a functional toy machine gun he built using Lego blocks.
Twitter user @zuzuruniyaniya demonstrated his Lego masterpiece he dubbed the “Brick Shooter” in a video he uploaded two weeks ago.
The Honor Guard at the National Defense Academy in Japan just held a demonstration of their gun twirling skill in a sequence that will transfix you to your screen.
What made this performance particularly impressive is the fact that they all did this without any sort of sonic aid–musical or otherwise–to time their movements.
A firearm manufacturer in China has reportedly developed a new portable weapon that can shoot lasers similar to “blasters” found in many sci-fi films.
Dubbed as the “ZKZM-500,” the laser assault rifle reportedly has similar dimensions to an AK-47, according to the South China Morning Post.
One day after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a student was arrested for possession of a loaded gun at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Maryland.
While some teachers like to incorporate games and competitiveness to motivate and keep students awake during a boring class, one English teacher in Japan thought brandishing a real-looking gun was a surefire way to get the adrenaline rushing.
The teacher, whose name was left out when Twitter user @komathematicsR shared the story on social media, noticed that some of his students looked sleepy during an English class.
An Asian woman was shot five times while protecting her children in series of shootings that occurred on November 13 and 14 in Rancho Tehama, California. Tiffany Phommathep was shot by 44-year-old Kevin Neal in the Rancho Tehama shooting, which left five dead and 12 wounded earlier this week, according to NBC.
On Tuesday morning, Phommathep was dropping off three of her four children at school. At this time, Neal pulled up to the school alongside her truck and started firing from a high-powered rifle. As shots rang out, she threw herself on top of her 10-year-old son sitting in the passenger seat, shielding him from the bullets. She sustained four shots to her back and shoulder and one shot to her hip.
An Asian American mother from Georgia was recently arrested by local authorities for fatally shooting a teenage boy who reportedly got her daughter pregnant.
According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paw Law shot and killed her daughter’s fiancé, 17-year-old Nyatole Eh, inside their flat on East Ponce de Leon Avenue on October 8. Law, who has been charged with murder, is now detained in DeKalb County Jail.
A gun range owner is under fire for what one man is calling “discriminatory practices” against its male patrons. According to CBS Los Angeles, Riverside Magnum Range offers free admission to women every Thursday in an attempt to educate women on handling a firearm.
“The world is crazy and I think it’s something everyone should understand and know how to,” said seventeen-year-old Makayla Gouvea, a Ladies’ Night regular.