neo-Nazi Leader Prepping for ‘Race War’
Guns seized from Washington man said to be neo-Nazi leader prepping for ‘race war’
Kaleb James Cole was not charged with any crime, but the guns were taken under the state’s “red flag” law.
Firearms belonging to the suspected leader of a neo-Nazi group who was thought to be preparing for a “race war” have been seized under a “red flag” law in Washington state, according to court documents.
Authorities removed five rifles, three pistols and other gun components from Kaleb James Cole, 24, under a state law that allows authorities to take guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others for up to a year, authorities said. Cole has not been charged with any crime.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes believes the seizure, which court documents indicate happened Sept. 26, may have prevented a massacre.
“This is a hate-filled human being, but unfortunately one who possesses really alarming numbers of weapons,” Holmes said.
Attempts to reach Cole at phone numbers listed in public records that may be linked to him were not successful Friday evening. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
Prosecutors filed a lawsuit against Cole invoking the state’s red flag law and seeking an “extreme risk protection order.” Seventeen states and Washington, D.C. have laws allowing family members or police to remove weapons from people who may be dangerous, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.