Federal authorities charged 23-year-old Conor Climo, a security guard in Las Vegas, NV, with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm the DoJ claimed was used for “the component parts of a destructive device.”
“Officials served a search on Climo’s home after he reportedly discussed attacking a Las Vegas synagogue and a Fremont Street bar that he believed catered to the LBGTQ community. He also reportedly regularly used derogatory racial, anti-Semitic, and homosexual slurs in online conversations.”
United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada said in a press release:
“Threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this Country,” said United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada. “Law enforcement in Nevada remains determined to use the full weight of our investigative resources to prevent bias-motivated violence before it happens. I commend our partners who identified the threat and took swift and appropriate action to ensure justice and protect the community.”
“The FBI’s Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force is committed to protecting our community from any threat of domestic terrorism and I could not be more proud of the work they did in this case,” said Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division. “As this complaint illustrates, the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence.”
Read the DoJ’s press release here:
In 2016, Climo planned on starting a neighborhood patrol in Las Vegas.
Climo now faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.