The city of Los Angeles held a gun buy-up on Saturday and took in 817 guns in exchange for grocery store gift cards. Pictured above is L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck holding an authentic Sturmgewehr 44, worth in the neighborhood of $30,000, that was turned in in exchange for a $200 gift card to Ralph’s. (Not our Ralph; his store would likely only sell guns, cigars, and scotch, and turning in guns just to buy more guns seems silly.) In case you’re unfamiliar, Sturmgewehr means “storm [or assault] rifle,” and the StG44 is quite literally the gun on which all other “assault rifles” are based; the ultimate ancestor, if you will. Another StG44 was turned in at a CT gun buy-up last year, but authorities allowed that one to be sold to a collector. No word on the ultimate disposition of this particular piece of military history. As for the rest of the guns collected, they’ll be researched to see if they are stolen, and if so, returned to their owners. The remainder will be melted down . . .
One more reminder that you, and only you, are responsible for your own safety. After the shootings at Virginia Tech, the families of two of the victims brought suit, having refused the settlement that most of the other families accepted, a settlement which precluded bringing suit against the state or the University. Their suit alleged that the Commonwealth was negligent in not properly informing students of the danger posed by Cho. A jury agreed, awarding each family $4 million, which was reduced by the court to $100,000 each. The state appealed, arguing that it was not required, by law, “to warn of third party criminal acts.” The Virginia Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous decision, writing that “there was no duty for the commonwealth to warn students about the potential for criminal acts” by Cho after the first two dormitory shootings were discovered. Once again, you’re officially, legally on your own, folks.
From The Tactical Wire – Norma USA, the exclusive US distributor for the legendary Swedish manufacturer of superior hunting and target ammunition, announces the new Norma Reloading Manual Expanded Edition. As part of Norma’s 110 years in the ammunition industry, Norma is publishing their second reloading handbook for the beginner to the advanced handloader. This highly collectible volume has been updated with new cartridges, components and recipes for avid hunters to dedicated target shooters. The Norma Reloading Manual Expanded Edition offers every handloader enthusiast the history behind the Norma brand, plenty of solidly backed advice and loads; all using Norma bullets and powders. This unique and collectible edition will become the go-to reference book on every loading bench. $34.99 from any Norma retailer or http://www.norma-usa.com/.
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette has a brief article about ammo shortages where the reporter went to Gander Mountain early one morning to stand in line with the other ammo seekers. I appreciated the basic midwestern sensibility of this part of the story: “The crowd eventually grew to about 15 people, and one man in the crowd suggested that people determine in what order each had arrived and give themselves a number. This would help prevent a Wal-Mart moment, the man said.” I’ve been to a couple early mornings near me, and never seen anything like that. Maybe I’ll suggest it next time.
Primary Weapons Systems has a new promo for their upcoming animated series, Half Cocked. In this one, they brave the trials and tribulations of social media.