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FBI: Ohio Man Stockpiled 25 Guns, Planned Gay Bar Shootout

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An Ohio 18-year-old stockpiled 25 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and planned massacres at a gay bar and Planned Parenthood, according to the FBI.

The FBI raided the home of Justin Olsen, which he shares with his father, confiscating the large cache of weapons on August 7. Olsen had reportedly joked about shootings and threatened a variety of targets on a Discord server and an online forum called iFunny, where he went by the username ArmyOfChrist.

“Thanking God that they put the gay bar and Planned Parenthood right next to each other,” he wrote in one post.

Around 5,000 people followed Olsen on the iFunny forum. Following the arrests, iFunny removed some of Olsen’s posts advertising his Discord server, since those posts violated their terms.

Users on Olsen’s Discord server remained active after the arrest.

Though the gay bar Olsen contemplated targeting was never named, there are only few in the vicinity of his Boardman, Ohio home. The closest is a 15-minute drive away.

He’s charged with aggravated menacing and admitted to having made the threats, including the line “shoot every federal agent on sight,” but claimed that he was joking. 

Among the confiscated items were a machete, camouflage, 15 rifles, and 10 semi-automatic pistols. It was unclear whether the guns and ammunition, which were strewn about the house and in a gun vault, were obtained legally.

A grand jury has indicted Olsen for making threats against federal law enforcement and making interstate threats. If convicted he faces ten years in prison for for the threats on federal agents, and five for interstate threats.

Ohio law does not consider hate crimes to be stand-alone offenses, but bias can be considered during sentencing.

The organization Americans for Responsible Solutions estimates that gun violence costs Ohio $2.7 million per year.

Olsen’s state representatives include Republican Rob Portman, who benefitted from about $5 million in campaign support from the National Rifle Association. Portman has not commented on the arrest, but following the mass shooting in Dayton earlier this month, he issued a statement reading, “we are praying for the victims and their families.”

 
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