What is it with cops who can’t keep up with their weapons? First they find a cop’s gun in a Florida movie theater crapper. Then another one leaves his in the facilities at a New York state park. Now, from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, we hear of a search for a service weapon and taser that were lost when the officer put his duty belt on his truck as he changed in the police department parking lot for the drive home, then drove home. (Note to Police Chief of Monroeville: Please include building a locker room at the station in your next budget request.) When the officer got home he realized the belt was missing. Retracing his route, he found the belt and “some of the attached items,” but not his .45 or taser. The officer, who’s a new hire and still on probation, may be subject to disciplinary action. But “the gun has been registered as stolen, and possessing it would be a felony.” Perhaps it should be a felony for a LEO to lose a service weapon as well. Meanwhile elsewhere . . .
In RF’s now former home of Rhode Island, the 2013 legislative session adjourned without taking action on any of the assault weapon or hi-cap mag bans that Governor Lincoln Chafee and his minions tried to push through. Other proposals to change the way handgun permits are awarded or charge a $100-per-gun registration fee also fell by the wayside. It appears that the protests held by gun rights supporters were instrumental in keeping these bills on ice. The lawmakers did manage to make laws to increase jail time for carrying a stolen firearm while committing a violent crime and to make it illegal to possess a gun with a destroyed serial number, and agreed to “create a task force to study” adding mental health information to background checks.
In Clarksville, Arkansas, some teachers and staff members will be allowed to carry firearms when school resumes in August. The newly formed Emergency Response Team members “are learning tactics similar to those used by law enforcement, like defensive techniques, legal use of force and shooting, all with an emphasis on safety and accuracy.” Once trained, armed staffers will complete a refresher course each summer. The ERT isn’t there to take the place of the school resource officer or the local PD, but “enhance their capability to keep students and staff safer” by “responding to any dangerous situations within seconds, while police officers are still en route to the school.”
Some insurance companies are trying to extort colleges in Kansas to ban concealed carry in public buildings by raising rates or canceling coverage. Three Kansas community colleges are taking action of their own by dropping their current company and forming an insurance consortium. Independence Community College trustee David Wallis thinks this trend is going to spread. “I truly believe when the word gets out that there is an option, that this team will be joined by K-12, municipalities and universities across Kansas.”
We’re all aware of the sheriffs in Colorado who are standing up to the governor and opposing the gun control laws there. As state officials in South Carolina start making similar noise about gun control, sheriffs there are speaking out as well. Reader BradM tells us “This is my hometown. Now under fire from NE libs who’ve moved down to SC who think they’ll help us ignorant Southerners by fixing our town. They’ve screwed up the NE with high taxes and higher crime but now feel they can help us out with more of the same. The big three counties and their elected (read: will of the people) Sheriffs on one side (2A) and the politically appointed City of Charleston on the other.”
If you’re going to fall asleep with a handgun in your lap, don’t do it with your finger anywhere near the trigger. This is a lesson hard earned by an unnamed Mitchell, South Dakota man. He was sitting “in a lawn chair on the back porch of his residence” and dozed off holding a loaded handgun “when a family member turned on the porch light and opened a nearby door.” This startled him and he “woke up and unintentionally pulled the handgun’s trigger and shot himself” in the midsection. He was very lucky in that 1) he didn’t shoot someone else; and 2) he didn’t have the gun pointed lower. His injuries were reported as “minor” and the State’s Attorney is waiting for the results of the investigation to decide whether to file charges.