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Gun mogul's cash targeted Gaspar for assault weapons vote

AR-15 accessory-maker backed PAC attack on Encinitas mayor called flip-flopper

 Encinitas mayor Kristin Gaspar
Encinitas mayor Kristin Gaspar

A San Diego gun-owners’ group financed by a wealthy Santee-based assault-weapons magnate that drew a June primary bead on county supervisorial candidate Kristin Gaspar may now be open to a change of mind.

From the beginning of this year through May 21, the San Diego Gun Owners Association PAC has raised $120,971, spending a total of $107,975 on consultants and fundraising, along with $2750 for production of an online video opposing Gaspar, according to a June10 financial disclosure filing.

Other expenditures revealed by the organization include a total of $32,244 paid to Right Group Consulting, a political operation run by Thomas Knepper, 2014 campaign manager for GOP House candidate Carl DeMaio.

Michael Brown, president of CIM Tactical, was the third-largest contributor to the committee, kicking in a total of $4850 in April. Top giver was Ingrid Poole, widow of big-game hunter Bill Poole of Oceanside, a cofounder of the San Diego branch of the Safari Club, with $6000; second was Rancho Santa Fe real estate maven John Peck, with $5000.

AR-15

Brown’s company website boasts that it is a specialist in equipping the AR-15, the semiautomatic weapon used to kill 50 people and wound dozens more in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

"We currently manufacture many AR parts you may see on the internet today for various gun makers, military & law enforcement agencies" according to CIM's site, "and have developed our own line of high quality AR parts that we are now making available to the general Public!"

AR-15 accoutrements listed for sale include specialized barrels, optics and sights, "drop in trigger groups,” and other shooting-related paraphernalia.

“CIM Tactical is proud to introduce our new ultra-lightweight (7.5 oz.) free floating 11.5” Handguard with the Magpul M-LOK™ mounting system for AR pistols, carbines & rifles."

Back in January 2013, Republican Gaspar irked the gun-rights supporters by voting as a member of the Encinitas City Council to express the city's support for a federal assault-weapons ban, a proposal now being revived by gun-control advocates, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in the wake of the Orlando shooting.

"Mayor Gaspar supported and voted for a gun ban, but now that she is running for higher office, she says she made a mistake voting for a gun ban,” Michael Schwartz, executive director of the gun-owners’ organization, said in a statement posted online by The Shooters Hangout on May 16.

Continued the statement, "This race has a strong Democrat and a strong Republican running; neither has voted against the Second Amendment as Gaspar has done," referring to Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts and GOP Escondido mayor Sam Abed.

But Gaspar beat Abed for second place and now faces Roberts in the fall. The anti-Gaspar video paid for by the gun PAC and posted on YouTube during the primary campaign has been taken down, and talk of peace is in the air.

Founded in 2015, the San Diego Gun Owners group "was formed due to the aggressive and successful effort to significantly limit or eliminate the ownership and use of firearms and the firearms industry in California at the municipal, county, and state level through legislation and regulation," according to the organization’s website.

Candidates it favors for reelection include San Diego city councilman Scott Sherman and La Mesa city councilwoman Kristine Alessio.

During the run-up to this year's supervisorial primary, Gaspar, now serving as mayor of Encinitas, angered gun-control advocates by rejecting a proposed proclamation against gun violence in the wake of December's San Bernardino massacre, according to a Coast News report.

Reached by phone, Schwartz said that Gaspar, who recently endorsed National Rifle Association favorite Donald Trump for president, has taken other steps that have mollified the gun-rights group, including opposing an effort to zone gun shops out of Encinitas.

The gun group has not yet taken a position on November’s match-up of Gaspar versus incumbent Democrat Dave Roberts, who Schwartz says "has no interest in banning guns."

For his part, AR-15 accessory-maker Brown said by phone he is not against all forms of gun regulation, calling for tougher background checks for weapons buyers.

“I’m a Second Amendment advocate,” noted Brown. “I don’t like to see this happen to anybody — gay, straight or whatever. Too bad one of those people didn’t have a gun and waste that [obscenity].”

(corrected 6/15, 3:55 a.m.)

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A San Diego gun-owners’ group financed by a wealthy Santee-based assault-weapons magnate that drew a June primary bead on county supervisorial candidate Kristin Gaspar may now be open to a change of mind.

From the beginning of this year through May 21, the San Diego Gun Owners Association PAC has raised $120,971, spending a total of $107,975 on consultants and fundraising, along with $2750 for production of an online video opposing Gaspar, according to a June10 financial disclosure filing.

Other expenditures revealed by the organization include a total of $32,244 paid to Right Group Consulting, a political operation run by Thomas Knepper, 2014 campaign manager for GOP House candidate Carl DeMaio.

Michael Brown, president of CIM Tactical, was the third-largest contributor to the committee, kicking in a total of $4850 in April. Top giver was Ingrid Poole, widow of big-game hunter Bill Poole of Oceanside, a cofounder of the San Diego branch of the Safari Club, with $6000; second was Rancho Santa Fe real estate maven John Peck, with $5000.

AR-15

Brown’s company website boasts that it is a specialist in equipping the AR-15, the semiautomatic weapon used to kill 50 people and wound dozens more in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

"We currently manufacture many AR parts you may see on the internet today for various gun makers, military & law enforcement agencies" according to CIM's site, "and have developed our own line of high quality AR parts that we are now making available to the general Public!"

AR-15 accoutrements listed for sale include specialized barrels, optics and sights, "drop in trigger groups,” and other shooting-related paraphernalia.

“CIM Tactical is proud to introduce our new ultra-lightweight (7.5 oz.) free floating 11.5” Handguard with the Magpul M-LOK™ mounting system for AR pistols, carbines & rifles."

Back in January 2013, Republican Gaspar irked the gun-rights supporters by voting as a member of the Encinitas City Council to express the city's support for a federal assault-weapons ban, a proposal now being revived by gun-control advocates, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in the wake of the Orlando shooting.

"Mayor Gaspar supported and voted for a gun ban, but now that she is running for higher office, she says she made a mistake voting for a gun ban,” Michael Schwartz, executive director of the gun-owners’ organization, said in a statement posted online by The Shooters Hangout on May 16.

Continued the statement, "This race has a strong Democrat and a strong Republican running; neither has voted against the Second Amendment as Gaspar has done," referring to Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts and GOP Escondido mayor Sam Abed.

But Gaspar beat Abed for second place and now faces Roberts in the fall. The anti-Gaspar video paid for by the gun PAC and posted on YouTube during the primary campaign has been taken down, and talk of peace is in the air.

Founded in 2015, the San Diego Gun Owners group "was formed due to the aggressive and successful effort to significantly limit or eliminate the ownership and use of firearms and the firearms industry in California at the municipal, county, and state level through legislation and regulation," according to the organization’s website.

Candidates it favors for reelection include San Diego city councilman Scott Sherman and La Mesa city councilwoman Kristine Alessio.

During the run-up to this year's supervisorial primary, Gaspar, now serving as mayor of Encinitas, angered gun-control advocates by rejecting a proposed proclamation against gun violence in the wake of December's San Bernardino massacre, according to a Coast News report.

Reached by phone, Schwartz said that Gaspar, who recently endorsed National Rifle Association favorite Donald Trump for president, has taken other steps that have mollified the gun-rights group, including opposing an effort to zone gun shops out of Encinitas.

The gun group has not yet taken a position on November’s match-up of Gaspar versus incumbent Democrat Dave Roberts, who Schwartz says "has no interest in banning guns."

For his part, AR-15 accessory-maker Brown said by phone he is not against all forms of gun regulation, calling for tougher background checks for weapons buyers.

“I’m a Second Amendment advocate,” noted Brown. “I don’t like to see this happen to anybody — gay, straight or whatever. Too bad one of those people didn’t have a gun and waste that [obscenity].”

(corrected 6/15, 3:55 a.m.)

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Politics is its own convoluted world: if Republican Encinitas Mayor Gaspar's admirable stand against the AR-15 assault weapon hurts her in the race against incumbent and sole Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts, I will be glad. Roberts has apparently wisely sidestepped the issue and Ms. Gaspar now is left holding the bag of her convictions. Dave Roberts deserves a second term.

June 13, 2016

It would have been better for all of us if they gave the money to the Calguns Foundation fighting the Peruta case and Kamala Harris's sneaky tactics.

June 13, 2016

Monaghan, only an idiot would support Roberts who financed his same sex peccadillos with County money and forced the county to pay over $300,000 to employees who successfully challenged their treatment and firings by Roberts.

June 14, 2016

The technicalities of what constitutes an assault weapon are still undefined. One man's self-defense firearm is another person's assault rifle. Even the vaunted federal gubmint found the definition of assault rifle impossible to determine. The result was that certain "mean, black, pistol-grip equipped, and capable of accepting 20-round magazines" rifles were called assault rifles. At the same time other rifles with identical capabilities were not so called. Why? the others were of a more classical appearance, minus the pistol grip, and thus were presumably less threatening. But I repeat, they had the same capabilities for semi-automatic fire.

Automatic fire means that the weapon fires steadily without any trigger pulls or other intervention until its ammunition is gone. Such weapons are generally illegal and subject to seizure within the US. Semi-automatic weapons are similar, but require the trigger to be pulled for each round fired. Generally they are legal within the US.

So what? To have any informed discussion or reporting of firearms, we need to all be on the same page definitionally.

Personally, I don't like Dave Roberts. That shiny-tooth, eager beaver look just tires, and his record of hiring and managing staff puts him in the professional politician category. Much of what we complain about in politics comes from electing and reelecting professional pols. He showed his colors in that staff imbroglio, and now it is time for him to find a line of work for which he is better suited.

June 14, 2016

Sandy Hook Elemantary School

June 16, 2016

Still didn't spell it right. Why can't we let our children go out and be safe kids?!!

June 16, 2016

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