Prominent Gun Group Backs Neo-Nazi's Supreme Court Case

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Gun Owners of America is backing a Minnesota neo-Nazi who was arrested in 2012 for allegedly plotting to attack the Mexican consulate.

Samuel Johnson, 31, was sentenced to 15 years on gun charges.

Johnson, a former a member of the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement, started his own group in 2010 called the Aryan Liberation Movement. The group allegedly planned to counterfeit money.

Johnson told an undercover informant that he planned to make napalm, silencers and other explosives so that ALM could attack the Mexican consulate in Minneapolis on May 1, 2012.

He was arrested before the attack could take place and booked on drug charges. He pleaded guilty to a meth possession charge and was sentenced to 10 years.

At the time of his arrest he also admitted to possessing an AK-47 assault rifle and .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun. As a convicted felon, Johnson isn’t allowed to own firearms.

Indicted by a federal grand jury he was given a 15-year mandatory minimum for possessing a gun while having three previous felony convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, according to Mother Jones.

The mandatory minimum is part of the Reagan-era Armed Career Criminal Act.

Gun Owners of America filed an amicus brief on Johnson’s behalf.

"Nobody's interested in defending the guy per se," said GOA executive director Larry Pratt. "In fact, if anything I resent him more because who he could mess [the law] up for a lot of really innocent people. Bad cases make bad law."

Sources: Mother Jones, Southern Poverty Law Center

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Elvert Barnes, Austin Daily Herald/Eric Johnson