Arapahoe County, Colorado sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a bunch of ammo from a Centennial Walmart. In October. According to cops, the man forced open the locked ammo case, loaded a bunch of it into a shopping cart, and wheeled it out the door. He reportedly stole ~1000 rounds of .223, ~1000 rounds of 7.62, and ~100 rounds of .40 S&W. No word on why it took them three months to ask for help. . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ is out of Kirkwood, Missouri where a reporter working on a story about school safety prompted a 40-minute lockdown at Kirkwood High School. The reporter set about testing the security of local schools by going undercover with a hidden camera and trying to enter the schools. While he was unsuccessful at gaining entry to four of them, he made it inside KHS and asked to speak with security. When told that the resource officer was unavailable, he asked directions to the restroom, but then headed off in another direction, causing alarm to the administrators.
When they called the cell phone number he’d left at the office, the outgoing message identified him as a reporter with KSDK, but when administrators called KSDK, the station refused to confirm or deny he was an employee, even when told that an inability to identify the man would cause the school to be placed on lockdown. In the aftermath, there was quite a bit of backlash against the news station (including an editorial written by a senior in the school paper the next day), but their initial response was only to issue the statement that “NewsChannel 5 will continue to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our schools and your children within.” They later issued an apology in their 10 p.m. broadcast for “causing undue stress and fear.”
A Mississippi legislator is trying, once again, to put onerous requirements on the basic act of buying ammunition. Rep. Omeria Scott (D-Like I had to tell you that) has proposed House Bill 231, which would require every person who sells pistol or rifle cartridges to keep records of those sales, records which would include info on the ammo, and the name, address, and SSN of the purchaser. Those records would then be open to any member of the public at any time. The bill has been referred to two committees: Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and Judiciary B. Both committee chairmen say they will not take up the bill.
If you live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, your tax dollars could be going to fund a gun buy-up (again, I refuse to call it a “buy back”). The city council’s public safety committee voted to bring the proposed buyback to the full council in the near future. They propose to pay $150 for assault weapons, $100 for handguns, and $75 for rifles and shotguns. The city plans to finance the program with $10,000 from the city budget and another ten grand raised from donations. (Unless, like in California, they don’t get the donations, in which case I’m sure the city will magnanimously make up the difference.)
The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee passed a bill last Tuesday that would prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners by charging them more, or canceling their policies, because they own a gun. The bill, SB 424, would allow state regulators to fine auto or property insurance companies that refuse to issue, renew, or cancel a policy because the policyholder owns a gun. It also prohibits the disclosure of gun ownership information to a third party. Honestly, this doesn’t seem to be much of a problem in Florida. When I told my insurance company (State Farm) about my guns, she didn’t blink except to ask for an approximate value to determine if I needed a separate rider.
A few months back this space featured a video of Jerry Miculek rapid-firing a Barrett M82A1 from the shoulder. Now he’s back doing it again, this time with the high-speed cameras running. Six rounds in .98 seconds.
As Jerry likes to say, “Get some!”