A man who was arrested early last month for allegedly transporting more than a dozen weapons onto Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) property has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing assault rifles.
At an arraignment at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse Friday, February 6th, Phillip Joseph Dominguez, 47, of Orange, pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts, including three counts of possession of unlawful assault weapons, one count of possession of an assault weapon, one count of short barreled shotgun or rifle activity and three counts of possession of a deadly weapon, a Superior Court spokeswoman said.
Dominguez also pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanors, including having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in the city and possession of a controlled substance, the court spokeswoman said.
He is scheduled to appear at the Airport Courthouse for a preliminary hearing March 4th.
Dominguez was arrested January 9th after Airport Police alleged that they found more than a dozen firearms in his vehicle, including a loaded musket, a loaded handgun and two semi-automatic rifles during a routine vehicle checkpoint at the airport. He was later released on $50,000 bail.
Airport Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb said Dominguez told police he was a weapons enthusiast and stored the weapons in his vehicle to take to the gun range prior to picking someone up at the airport.
Police also served a search warrant January 13th at Dominguez’s home, where they allegedly found three deadly weapons, including a nunchaku, as well as a controlled substance, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said they asked for bail to be set at $150,000, based on the charges.