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'Obama-Hating Supremacist' On AK-47 Charge
An alleged white supremacist who ranted about shooting US President Barack Obama to remove him from office has been charged with illegally obtaining an AK-47 assault rifle.
Investigators say Douglas Howard Story, 48, expressed hatred and support for violence towards a number of political figures. He faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted.
The FBI says Story came to their attention after he posted on an 'Aryan Nation' website that he was preparing to buy an AK-47 and have it modified to become fully automatic.
He is alleged to have made numerous statements on various white supremacy online forums using the screen name 'Confederate Brother' in which he continually rants about his hatred of minorities.
These include his desire that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder be removed from office with a '30.06' - the most common type of rifle cartridge used by the US military for decades.
In phone conversations with an informant, Story allegedly said he was having financial problems, adding: "Aren't we all because of Obama's economy?
"We got to get the boy out of the White House any means possible - election, assassination, it doesn't matter which...
"If he does end up being re-elected for another - actually being installed for another four years, I'm quite confident that someone will assassinate him."
Story, from Manassas in Virginia, is also alleged to have claimed he was planning to ambush and murder any law enforcement officer who stopped him on the street, if and when martial law is enacted in the US.
Court records allege Story handed a semi-automatic AK-47, along with $120, to undercover law enforcement with the intent of it being modified to become fully automatic.
He was arrested by members of FBI's Washington Field Office's Joint Terrorism Task Force after allegedly receiving the modified weapon from an undercover agent.
Authorities in the US have reported a dramatic rise in the number of anti-government militia groups since Obama took office. The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) says they have increased from 150 to more than 1,200 in number in the last three years.
The SPLC says there has also been an increase in the number of attacks by right-wing groups in that time, and that figures showing that the majority of babies born in the US last year were non-white had fuelled their anger.
Earlier this month, SPLC spokesman Mark Potok told ABC News: "The demographic change in this country is the single most important driver in the growth of hate groups and extremist groups over the last few years."