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May 31, 2012

Virginia White Supremacist Arrested On Weapons Charge

Douglas Story at 2010 Aryan Nations
rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Agents from the Washington, D.C., Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a Virginia white supremacist, Douglas Howard Story, 48, on May 29, 2012, on charges that he had illegally attempted to obtain an automatic AK-47.

According to authorities, Story met with undercover informants and requested them to convert an AK-47 assault rifle to full-auto for $125. Story reportedly said that he knew it was against the law, but that he could “claim mental issues because of a motorcycle injury.” Law enforcement officers arrested Story after he accepted delivery of the ostensibly modified gun.

Story, who used to work for the Virginia Safety Service Patrol, a state agency that helps stranded motorists and removes debris from the highways, is a long-time white supremacist. “Now,” he wrote in 2007 on a white supremacist message forum, “if I see an accident involving a negro or other kind of brown filth, I just drive on by. Screw ‘em, let ‘em die.” According to his Facebook page, Story is still employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In 2010, Story received a brief flurry of publicity after Virginia authorities revoked his personalized license plates, which read “14CV88.” While the “CV” stood for “Confederate Veterans,” the “14” stood for a white supremacist slogan, the so-called “14 Words” (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”), and the 88 stood for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th letter of the alphabet). For several years, Story has been a member of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and he participated in a 2010 Aryan Nations rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Story has often combined his racist and anti-Semitic beliefs with conspiratorial anti-government beliefs stemming from the anti-government “patriot” movement. In 2007, Story wrote that housing subdivisions existed so that the “powers that be” could easily herd people to “jew controlled concentration camps.” These feelings intensified as it became clear that Barack Obama would be elected president. He urged other white supremacists to stock up on ammo, food, and supplies, and often referred to his AK-47 as his “homeland defense rifle.” According to the criminal complaint, Story believed that martial law would be enacted in the United States, and that if this happened, he would ambush any law enforcement officer who stopped him on the street. His views were disturbingly close to those of another white supremacist and anti-government conspiracy theorist, Richard Poplawski, who ambushed and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in April 2009.

Story also frequently wrote about Obama, whom he loathed, being assassinated, often adopting a coy tone, such as one November 2008 posting in which he claimed that “I’m not advocating violence against him, I’m just saying there are White folks out there that are none to[o] happy with his ‘election.’”