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Clovis ‘MAGA Guy’ Arrested on Gun Charge. He Says It’s Politically Motivated



Political activist Josh Fulfer (left) was arrested Wednesday on a gun charge. (GV Wire File)
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A Clovis man known for his right-wing activism and confrontational social media videos, was arrested Wednesday on a gun charge.

Josh Fulfer, 44, called the accusation a misunderstanding and questioned whether the actions of the state Dept. of Justice were politically motivated.

Fresno County jail records show Fulfer was arrested 9:32 a.m. at his Clovis home, charged with being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition, in relation to a 2016 case. He was taken to the county jail, cited and released shortly before 1 p.m.

A state DOJ spokesperson confirmed the charges in an email to GV Wire.

In 2016, Fulfer was arrested for domestic violence. The Fresno County Superior Court docket shows he pleaded no contest to a battery charge, with a more serious charge of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant dismissed.

While the record shows he served two days in jail and three years probation, Fulfer says that information is wrong. He fulfilled his only requirement to attend anger management classes.

“I looked into it and realized that there was an error in the courts,” Fulfer said. He contacted the public defender’s office to get things straightened out.

“I let the Department of Justice know that, as politicized as they are. We communicated through text and I thought everything was fine. I was waiting to hear for a court date to get that completely removed off my record as it should have been in the first place. And this morning, they showed up to arrest me,” Fulfer said.

Fulfer said the DOJ first contacted him last July, after he appeared in a gun-ownership database. Fulfer would not confirm whether he still owns guns.

“They’re going after folks like myself that are conservative, strong First Amendment, strong Second Amendment and calling them out on their bullsh**,” Fulfer said.

He had been in contact with the DOJ, he said, last exchanging a text message with a special agent on Nov. 1.

“That was the last time I had spoke (to them) until this morning when the weaponized DOJ came after a MAGA guy,” Fulfer said.

Fulfer says he is awaiting a court case to resolve the situation.

Streams Videos as “Oreo Express”

Operating on social media as “Oreo Express,” Fulfer is often seen live streaming at protests local — such as the 2021 Tower Theatre demonstrations — and national, especially from Washington, DC.

Over the years, videos that Fulfer shot and posted showed him confront U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and perhaps most infamously, a 2020 incident at the home of Fresno City Councilman Miguel Arias.

It is not believed that Fulfer has been arrested for any political protests, but law enforcement has had to intervene in the past during public meetings Fulfer attended, including a Fresno Unified meeting.

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