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Shaq Put Cops in Schools to Stop Shootings ... And Don't Ban Guns!

3/14/2018 11:05 AM PDT
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Shaq says he has the answer to stopping mass school shootings like the one we saw in Parkland -- placing armed police officers on school grounds.

"The quick fix ... the government should give law enforcement more money," Shaq said on WABC Radio's "Curtis and Cosby" show

"Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put 'em in front of the schools, you put 'em behind the schools, you put 'em inside the schools."

"I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools."

Shaq says he got the idea from growing up on a military base -- where the cops they had on campus were very effective at stopping any violence that broke out. 

What Shaq does NOT want the government to do is ban semiautomatic weapons -- like the one Nikolas Cruz used to gun down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS -- arguing they'll become even more dangerous on the black market. 

"There's a lot of those weapons already on the streets. So it's not like, if you say, 'OK, these weapons are banned,' people are gonna go, 'Oh man, let me turn it in.' That's definitely not going to happen."

FYI, Shaq's always been a huge supporter of cops ... and in 2016, was sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in Clayton County, Georgia.

Juelz Santana Allegedly Had Oxycodone Pills During Airport Gun Bust

3/14/2018 8:25 AM PDT

Juelz Santana's gun and drug possession charges just became more clear -- he allegedly had oxycodone on him during the airport bust ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Juelz had eight oxycodone pills in his travel bag when he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance at Newark International Airport last week. 

He's due in court Wednesday to face the drug charge. 

As we reported ... Juelz was arrested Monday after fleeing security when TSA found a gun in his carry-on bag in the x-ray tunnel.

The drug charge is a felony, for which he's been formally charged.

Nikolas Cruz Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty

3/13/2018 10:45 AM PDT
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Nikolas Cruz could be put to death by the state of Florida, if he's found guilty for the slaying of the 17 victims in Parkland.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday they will be seeking the death penalty in the case. In new docs, they call the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel" ... as well as "cold, calculated and premeditated." 

Also in the docs, obtained by TMZ, prosecutors say they want to pick the mental health expert to evaluate Cruz -- that's presuming the defense raises his mental health as a mitigating factor in the crime.

Florida uses lethal injection to execute prisoners.

Brielle Biermann I'm All for Gun Control ... So, Get Off My Ass!!!

3/13/2018 6:32 AM PDT

Brielle Biermann is scared of her own freakin' shadow ... so excuse her for getting a gun on her birthday to protect herself, which she says there's NOTHING wrong with, so long as you're smart about it.

We got Kim Zolciak's daughter at LAX Monday and asked her about her 21st birthday gift last month. As we reported ... Brielle got a brand new customized Glock 43 complete with a rose gold slide. Perfect timing since she's moving out on her own.

What wasn't so perfect, according to haters, was the timing of the gift. It came just 11 days after the horrific Parkland school shooting, and at the peak of a nationwide gun debate. Brielle's got strong feelings about that, too. Have a listen ... it makes perfect sense.

Heather Locklear Will Escape Felony Charge In Domestic Violence Arrest

3/12/2018 1:05 PM PDT

2:30 PM PT -- The D.A. has charged Heather with four counts of misdemeanor battery on an officer. She's also facing one charge of resisting or obstructing an officer.

She was not charged with hitting her boyfriend, even though that's why she was originally arrested. Heather Locklear has dodged a bullet, because TMZ has learned she will NOT be charged with felony domestic violence in connection with the fight she had with her boyfriend that landed her in jail. 

We broke the story ... Heather was arrested last month after her brother called 911 saying Heather and her boyfriend were drunk and fighting. When cops arrived they observed injuries to the boyfriend and placed Heather under arrest for felony domestic violence.

During the arrest, Heather allegedly became combative and attacked a cop, kicking 1 in the shin and striking 2 others. We're told she will be charged with misdemeanor battery on a peace officer.

Heather also screamed, "You f****** deserve your kids to die! You f****** deserve it! And when you find yourself in that position, think of me!" She also said, "I hope no one f****** burns your entire department down, your f****** police department ..." She also said, "If you ever come back to my house I will shoot you."

As we reported ... cops obtained a search warrant and were looking for a gun registered in her name but did not find the weapon. The search warrant noted Heather had a history of drug and other alcohol-related incidents, including a call in 2012 where she reported to be suicidal.

Heather is currently in a medical treatment facility. 

Rapper Juelz Santana Arrested for Gun Possession at Airport

3/12/2018 6:02 AM PDT
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Rapper Juelz Santana belatedly realized he can run but he can't hide, because he surrendered to cops after fleeing from Newark International Airport Friday when TSA security found a gun in his carry-on.

Santana was arrested at 1 AM Monday by Port Authority Newark Airport police and booked for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was also booked on an unspecified federal warrant.

As TMZ reported, Santana was hoping to breeze through the checkpoint when the screener saw the firearm in the x-ray tunnel. When he realized what was up, he booked it out of the airport.

'AMW' Host John Walsh We Need a Mental Illness Registry For Would-Be Gun Owners

3/11/2018 12:07 PM PDT

The host of "America's Most Wanted," who also helped create a national registry for sex offenders, says the same system is needed for mentally ill people looking to buy guns.

We got John Walsh Saturday at LAX and asked what he made of Florida's new gun law -- in which the age limit to purchase guns was raised to 21 ... and teachers can now be armed.

He says it's a step in the right direction, but also thinks arming teachers is the wrong way to protect schools from potential shooters -- he wants trained pros on the ground instead.

Here's the most interesting tidbit ... John apparently believes a national registry logging people with serious mental illness needs to be implemented for would-be gun owners.

It's a pretty controversial take ... so we gotta ask.

Parkland School Shooting 911 Calls ... We're Getting Shot Up

3/8/2018 2:34 PM PST

A student dialed 911 from inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when Nikolas Cruz started shooting ... and you can feel the pandemonium and terror in his voice.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office released 10 of the 81 calls placed on February 14 ... when Cruz marched into his former high school and brutally murdered 17 people with an AR-15.

In one call, you hear the student whisper to the emergency operator that "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is being shot up." In another call, you can hear a parent on the phone with a child in the high school, telling the student to stay locked in a classroom and play dead.

As we reported ... Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The Parkland kids have since spearheaded efforts, including this month's March For Our Lives, to change gun laws.

Jonathan Martin Had Loaded Gun, Knife & Ax ... When Arrested

3/8/2018 11:30 AM PST

New disturbing details in the Jonathan Martin case ... we've learned he was arrested with a cache of weapons including a loaded shotgun, knife and an ax -- and had been threatening classmates for years. 

TMZ Sports has obtained court documents filed after Martin was taken into custody on Feb. 23 after posting a cryptic photo on Instagram threatening old high school classmates and former NFL teammates. 

Officials say they found Martin after getting a call about a "suicidal male with a gun" at a hospital in Glendale, CA. 

He was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold because officials believed he was a possible danger to himself and others. 

They searched his car and found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a large knife, an ax and a cell phone. A second shotgun was found at his parents' home. 

Officials spoke with Martin's girlfriend who said he'd been angry and depressed since she met him, but over the past month started making suicidal statements. 

The GF says Martin had also been "writing on the walls" of his home.

Investigators spoke with the two former high school classmates Martin tagged in his cryptic IG post who said Martin had been sending them disturbing Facebook messages starting in 2016. 

One message said, "Thank you for being such an asshole to me when I was a kid and didn't fit in ... being dicks to me when I was a kid has made me, quite literally, insane."

"And I blame you above all. You'll get yours, eventually -- I have already paid my price for being a bad person. I wish you nothing but the worst. Best, Jonathan Martin."

He sent a second message to the same classmate that said, "You're a bad person. You irreparably damaged people's lives. And you will be exposed publicly. If there is anything else I accomplish in life, it will be making sure you are outed and shamed for who you are."

Martin followed up with a 3rd message that had similar language. 

The classmate says Martin apologized in August 2016 and it sounded like everything was cool. Clearly, it was not. 

One other note ... cops say they learned Martin had purchased one shotgun right after he sent the Facebook messages and another shotgun 13 days before the Instagram post

Florida Shooting Survivor Family Goes To FBI Over Online Threats

3/8/2018 12:40 AM PST

The family of outspoken Florida shooting survivor, David Hogg, is turning to the FBI after receiving several death threats online, including a particularly disturbing one from an NRA supporter.

The 17-year-old Hogg has been one of Parkland's most vocal gun reform advocates. His mother, Rebecca Boldrick, tells us that they've decided to go to the FBI after someone wrote in a comment on one of Rebecca's Facebook photos, “You can change your settings, but you can never change your faces, your whole family is exposed because of your piece of s*** kid."

The person who posted the comment called out her son's upcoming birthday, saying it "will be an interesting event" before co-signing the NRA and the right to bear arms, which the Hoggs are taking as a death threat.

We've confirmed the FBI has been contacted. Hogg's father is also an ex-FBI agent. Rebecca says they've also put in calls to Facebook as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, since the commentor's FB profile says he hails from Canada.

In a statement, Rebecca tells TMZ the family understands that, while some people don’t agree with their anti-gun message, that shouldn't give them the right to threaten or intimidate her family, particularly through social media. She says any threats they receive will have consequences.

Tommy Lee 911 Call Fiancee Freaked Out 'He's Got Guns in his Room'

3/7/2018 11:59 AM PST

Tommy Lee's fiancee, Brittany Furlan, freaked out after he got knocked out by his son, Brandon, because Brandon had guns in his room.

TMZ's obtained audio from the 911 call Tommy's fiancee made Monday after Tommy and Brandon got into a fight ... that ended with Tommy knocked out unconscious and bleeding after his son allegedly sucker punched him.

In the call you can hear Brittany tell the emergency dispatcher that she locked the door after the altercation because "my stepson has guns in his room." She eventually told the dispatcher to cancel the paramedics en route after Tommy regained consciousness, but they still insisted on coming.

We broke the story ... Brandon took offense to Tommy posting funny pictures of his mom, Pamela, on social media. Brandon texted Tommy to take them down. He shot back and that escalated the fight.

Heather Locklear Cops Search Home for Gun While She's in Medical Treatment Facility

3/6/2018 4:36 PM PST

Police descended on Heather Locklear's home Tuesday looking for a gun ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, police went to Heather's Thousand Oaks home armed with a search warrant and went inside the house and looked for the weapon for several hours.

We're told what triggered the search warrant ... law enforcement sources say when Heather was arrested last week for felony domestic violence against her boyfriend, she told cops, "If you ever come back to my house I will shoot you."  

We're told, during the police investigation, they discovered Heather had a handgun registered to her name. We're told she got the handgun in 1985.

Cops did not find the weapon and we're told they are now re-grouping to determine their next move.

As for Heather ... she wasn't home during the search. We're told she is currently in a medical treatment facility. Sources tell us Heather was extremely intoxicated at the time of her arrest. 

Florida Shooting Survivors Approached for Documentary Deals

3/5/2018 12:40 AM PST

The Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could become a documentary soon, 'cause some students are getting approached by Hollywood producers ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us at least a couple student survivors have been getting calls to participate in some sort of docu-type project that would depict the tragedy and its aftermath.

We're told these students are fielding requests from a number of producers and executives for potential deals on a full-blown movie documentary, a TV documentary and a TV docuseries. They're sorting through these talks with some high-powered publicists.

As we reported ... some students are also being hit up for possible book deals on the shooting ... they've taken meetings with publishers ... but nothing's been inked just yet.

Unclear what kind of money is being discussed for a documentary, but we're told any funds would either go directly to March For Our Lives or toward gun control advocacy efforts.

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