A central Missouri gun dealer indicted in connection with the U.S. Capitol Riot entered a shooting competition earlier this month, a federal prosecutor told a judge last week.
In a federal court hearing in Washington, DC on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla said prosecutors had just learned that Matthew Loganbill entered the contest on July 10.
“Based on the information I have and viewed online, Mr. Loganbill posted the results of the shooting match on his website and indicated that he was one of the participants in this shooting competition,” he said. Chawla declared to the American examining magistrate G. Michael Harvey.
The shooting competition, Chawla said, was “inconsistent” with conditions imposed on Loganbill in April when he was released on bail pending trial.
“And to the extent that he does, we ask that he now be limited to not having guns…”, said Chawla.
Riot charges at the Capitol
Loganbill, of Versailles, is among 12 Missouri residents accused of their alleged involvement in the Jan.6 uprising. He was arrested on March 29 on federal charges of obstructing congressional proceedings, illegally entering a federal building and disorderly conduct.
According to the prosecution documents, Loganbill is the owner of a gun store in the Lake of the Ozarks area called Tooth and Nail Armory at Gravois Mills. Records for the Missouri company show it also has ties to Tooth and Nail Enterprises, which makes gun accessories.
When Loganbill first appeared in court in April, Chawla said, he indicated that he had a federal firearms license and needed to be able to move firearms between his two businesses because the other employees couldn’t. Chawla said Loganbill was released on the condition that he only transport firearms between these companies.
But Loganbill argued on Friday that he was also a gun trainer and needed to be able to handle guns. The recent shooting competition, he said, was part of his shooting business and took place on the shooting range. During these events, he said, he shows how to shoot.
“There is no way I can train someone to handle guns” without being able to handle guns, he said.
Loganbill said he did not realize that the terms of his release prohibited him from handling firearms related to his business. He said the business was already suffering and his wife had opened a bed and breakfast to supplement their income because “the government took away my ability to make a living.”
Harvey said that “training people to use guns properly is not a bad thing,” but told Loganbill he “may well be charged” and would then be strictly prohibited from having firearms.
Harvey ruled that Loganbill would be allowed to transport firearms between his range and the armory and handle them on the range but no other location.
Loganbill is represented by a public defender after arguing that he could not get a loan to pay a private lawyer because the FBI confiscated his computer as part of the investigation. He said his bank needs to see his financial records and he cannot access them because they are on the computer.
At a July 12 hearing, Harvey said Loganbill appeared to have “a significant asset” in his gun business.
“Why shouldn’t the government get its money back? Asked the judge.
But in a follow-up hearing the next day, Loganbill’s attorney – Deputy Federal Public Defender Cara Halverson – said he told her he no longer owned the gun business and the had transferred to a family member. This raised questions from the prosecutor.
“I am obviously concerned that he disposed of the assets after his arrest,” Chawla said, adding that the government might want to follow up on the matter.
Halverson said Loganbill told him he transferred ownership of the gun business because he feared he might not be able to own guns in the future and wanted to be able to keep the business. intact.
At Friday’s hearing, Harvey said he would allow Loganbill to keep Halverson as his attorney.
“Ultimately, the court will have to determine whether or not you will have to pay her for the value of her services,” Harvey told Loganbill. “We will decide this matter once the case is over.”
Authorities first became aware of Loganbill when two people contacted the FBI whistleblower line and said they saw social media posts indicating he participated in the Capitol Riot, according to a filed affidavit with his accusations.
When contacted, one of the informants described Loganbill “as a ‘hot head’ who had turned bitter over the past year due to the negative financial impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic” , stated the affidavit. This person provided the FBI with a screenshot of comments made by Loganbill under the name “Tooth and Nail” which indicated that he was involved in the riot.
The tipster also told the FBI that Loganbill “was extremely immersed in the paramilitary way of life, considered himself a patriot and likely felt his actions on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021 were justified,” the affidavit stated.
FBI agents interviewed Loganbill on Jan. 13 in Versailles, according to the document, and he admitted to traveling to Washington, DC, to attend the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally. He told officers “he traveled by vehicle with like-minded people whom he refused to identify.”
Loganbill told the FBI he was not aware of any conspiracy to storm the Capitol building and said he was accompanied to the Capitol by protesters who were retired veterans, according to the affidavit. Loganbill told officers he saw protesters fighting with police and then crossing the police line. He said police then fired tear gas canisters at the crowd, but protesters continued to rush towards them.
“Loganbill said he then hid behind a storage container and put on a gas mask and helmet that he brought with him,” the affidavit said. “He claimed he brought these items to the protest because he feared Antifa would infiltrate the rally / protest.”
Loganbill said after exiting from behind the storage container, the police line and barricades were gone and he followed the protesters into the Capitol building.
He told the FBI he saw no signs and no one told him he was entering a restricted area, according to the affidavit. He also claimed that the police did not tell them to leave and that he did not see any violence between the protesters and the police.
Loganbill also said he spoke briefly with one of the officers from the United States Capitol and told him ‘we came peacefully this time’, but that ‘it would be different if we were to come back, or words to this effect, “the affidavit says.
The affidavit also states that on December 16, Loganbill sent comments on Facebook to two members of the United States Senate, telling them that “the American people are despairing of the truth and the morality.”
“Politicians who don’t stand for this and act for the hearts of real Americans will be held accountable. Complacency is not an option.