Edward Towers of Palm Coast, FL was discussing “what would you do” scenarios with his neighbor and another man Wednesday evening when he decided to show them his Diamondback Arms 9mm. And by “show them” read “point it at his neighbor and pull the trigger.” Apparently Mr. Towers did not believe he’d actually shot his neighbor, so he asked the third man to “look at the gun” and in the process discharged another round into the ground. Mr. Towers was arrested, the neighbor was transported in stable condition, and yes, there was alcohol involved. [h/t Brad S.]
A 17-year-old Minneapolis man will be charged as an adult with felony reckless discharge of a firearm following the accidental shooting of his two month old nephew. The infant survived, though doctors have deemed it too dangerous to remove the bullet. James Early showed up at his brother’s house carrying a loaded .38 caliber revolver (remember that last part). The brother, Isaac Early Sr., told police he didn’t want the gun around the baby, so he took it away and removed the bullets. A few minutes later, he saw James Early snap the gun shut, and it went off. James Early told police he pulled the trigger back because he thought “that this was the safe mode.”
Davion Titus of San Bernardino, CA was sitting outside his apartment early Saturday morning with a woman when she heard a noise. After retrieving his gun from inside the apartment and investigating the noise, Mr. Titus returned to his seat, placing the cocked single-action Freedom Arms .454 Casull into his waistband. Some time later, the ill-fated Mr. Titus moved in such a way he gained at least one new (very large) hole, and the rest of us gained a cautionary tale. [h/t David B.]
Mark N. writes: California’s proposed ammo permitting scheme failed in the assembly, after which, to preserve it for another go around next session, a motion for “reconsideration” was made and passed, and then the bill “withdrawn” by its author. Meanwhile, SB 374, the assault weapons ban, passed by a single vote and will be making its way to the Governor’s desk next week. Californians who want an “assault weapon” (under whatever definition you want to use) are encouraged to go on a buying spree before the first of the year, the effective date of the new law should Governor Brown sign it into law. Potential buyers should also be aware that this ban will affect ANY semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine, including some rather classic hunting rifles. M1 Carbines will be a definite prohibited purchase, as will Springfield M1A1s, Ruger minis, and possibly Garands (people are still arguing about that). Magazine fed shotguns are also on the forbidden list.
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