On Wednesday, Richard Erick Venola, former editor of Guns & Ammo magazine, was charged with second-degree murder of a friend, James Patrick O’Neill, in Golden Valley, Arizona.
Mohave County sheriff department spokeswoman Trish Carter told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Venola shot O’Neill in the chest with a rifle. O’Neill was visiting Venola’s house at the time.
Detective Larry Matthews wrote in his report that Venola seemed to be intoxicated when he talked to officers: “Mr. Venola came over to the neighbors carrying a rifle and stated he just killed a man. Mr. Venola acknowledged he killed the man, but didn’t say why.”
After President Barack Obama took office in 2009, Venola told his readers that they should join his “largest business competitor,” the National Rifle Association (NRA), or “those in the new administration who drool at the chance of neutering the Second Amendment will become emboldened.”
Venola was booked at Mohave County Jail. Bond was set at $100,000.
Here is a video of Venola shooting an iPad in 2012.