Daily Digest: Better Late Than Never Edition

Ammunition theft photo courtesy thedenverchannel.com

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!”

comments

  1. avatar C says:

    I can be in winston-salem on fairly short notice with cash in hand.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Me, too, only I’m a VA resident. Rats.

      1. avatar Hawk says:

        Make that three. I could use a few new cheap guns. 🙂

      2. avatar Landbarger says:

        As a VA resident you could still buy long guns at the sale. Right? My impression is that private sales to residents of neighboring states don’t require a FFL transfer on anything other than handguns.

    2. avatar Excedrine says:

      I live not too far from there as well. Perhaps me, you, and Hawk could band together and save as many as we can from the smelter.

      I’m in the market for a cheap modern sportin’ rifle. 😉

  2. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Well, now we know where Colion Noir gets his ammo….

    1. avatar Jonathan says:

      Boo! -1000

    2. avatar MudPuppy says:

      Oh, it’s funny because he’s black, right? Perhaps you’d like to try some of your favorite racists jokes next? Maybe float the idea of re-segregating the nation?

      Is there a village out there missing its racist idiot? I think I found him.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        Put it back in the deck.

      2. avatar Jeff says:

        it’s funny because he looks and dresses like Noir. yes, part of that equation is being dark-skinned.

        get a grip.

        1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

          The guy in the video is black?

    3. avatar Vhyrus says:

      For christ sake it was a joke! If it was a white guy with a beard and I said “well now we know where Chris Costa gets his ammo” would you say I was racist? I said nothing about race. You don’t even know MY race!

      1. avatar MudPuppy says:

        You took a lazy swipe without thinking.

        Guy steals a ton of ammo, looks *possibly* African American, and you come up with one of the few high profile African American pro gun commentators as the punch line?

        Why don’t you re-read your comment in the morning and see if you still think it’s funny.

  3. avatar Vhyrus says:

    I would love for Jerry to do that to a block of sim test and see what it looked like at 1900 fps.

  4. avatar MiketheHopsFarmer says:

    I’m half his age and that Barrett would kick me all over God’s creation. Watching him control that with almost no body movement is absolutely amazing. I’m not worthy.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      How do we really determine Jerry’s age, though? Is a superhuman cyborg shooting machine’s age counted from when his human body was born, or the date his robotic endoskeleton and hydraulic servos were manufactured?

      1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

        Average the two.

    2. avatar Andrew says:

      Is it me, or does it look like Jerry is riding the fine line between out-of-battery firing and in-battery?

      If you watch the timing of the bolt, it is literally firing the millisecond (microsecond?) that it goes back into battery. This leads me to believe that Mr. Miculek has (no duh) practiced with the thing so much that he is timing his shots to be in-battery (perhaps just through simple muscle memory…).

      Thoughts?

      1. avatar bontai Joe says:

        I noticed that also. I got to thinking that since he is able to fire the instant the bolt returns in battery, he is in effect as fast as a full auto Barrett. I love watching him shoot! He is apparently immune to recoil, and seems to have a LOT of fun with these demonstrations.

  5. avatar Brandon says:

    3 months!? That ammo is spent casings and lead in the berm by now.

  6. avatar Model 31 says:

    Ah, these days an ammo “bunch” = ~2100 or ~3 containers.

  7. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    the Kirkwood lockdown was reported last week

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I didn’t see it, and I can’t find any reference to it now.

  8. avatar jwm says:

    2100 rounds of ammo? Nowadays? Nail that fucker to a cross and let the buzzards have him.

    1. avatar Rick says:

      At today’s prices, it moves from “petty” to “grand” theft.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        At last October’s prices, that dude has retired to his own private island in the Caribbean by now…

    2. avatar Pulatso says:

      My question was “What Wal-mart had that much ammo last October?”

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    When I asked my insurance agent about a rider, she told me they would need to physically inspect, photograph, and record make, model, caliber and serial number of every gun.
    Uhhhh, never mind. Hello, ADT?

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      That’s why I picked up a policy through these guys: http://www.historicfirearms.com/?page_id=10

      They don’t need an inventory, and are quite reasonable. Even though the name says historic, the policy covers collectible and sporting arms-the stuff we shoot every day (if we’re lucky).

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Thank you kind Sir.
        I will be checking them out.

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I didn’t own enough to need a rider. More’s the pity.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        Well, now you have a goal.

  10. avatar peirsonb says:

    “records which would include info on the ammo, and the name, address, and SSN of the purchaser”

    If they think that I am going to comply with ANY law that makes my name, address, and social security number publicly available they can officially FOAD.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      A law similar to this regarding “handgun ammunition” was passed in California and signed into law by that RINO Arnie (who also signed the bill banning Barrett .50s). After it was found unconstitutional on the basis it was void for vagueness (in a case that is still up on appeal), the Legislature passed ANOTHER bill designed to fix the “defects” in the first bill. Gov. Brown vetoed it, telling the Legislature to hold its horses until the Court of Appeals rules. A third try last session did not make it to a vote, but will be reintroduced this session. Unlike the Mississippi bill, the California bill requires a permit to buy ammo, which permit requires a fee and a background check. At time of sale, the seller still has to record identifying info as in Miss.

    2. avatar Rick says:

      Does MS have ammo delivered to your door via common carrier? If so then order on the Internets. Or if state lines are close enough, then buy there.

      (This is assuming the state of MS is stupid enough to pass this legislation. Somehow, I don’t think they are.) Record of sales? Mmmmaybe. Address and SSN? Hell no! Ms. Scott can go piss up a rope; what need has the public at large to peruse ammo sales records?

      1. avatar David says:

        The bill on ammo sales, will never pass in Mississippi. Just a State lawmaker trying to make the news. The sub-committees won’t touch it, it would never pass both houses, and if it did, our Governor would veto it.

        1. avatar Rick says:

          Yeah, I thought it had the “election-year this is what I’m doing to prevent crime but (the opposition) won’t let me” odor to it.
          Sort of like Charlie Rangel’s repeated attempts to bring back the draft “because Rich People’s Kids need to die too.”

  11. avatar R Long says:

    I love watching Miculek’s videos. He obviously has a great time at everything that he does.

    1. avatar Unarmed & unnamed says:

      I’m at a loss for words. I swear Jerry is a cartoon character, that can be the only explanation. That video shows bolt seating JUST before he pulls the trigger. He just could not shoot that damn cannon any faster if it were full-auto. It simply boggles the mind.

      1. avatar Bob says:

        I noticed that too. The guy is a machine.

      2. avatar Andrew says:

        I third that thought… is it possible to do an out-of-battery on the barret?

        Scary thought, that.

  12. avatar Paul53 Old gringo says:

    Guy found a Wal Mart with that much ammo? I’m looking for him too!

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      No kidding. The one just west of there is usually out of stock.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      The reason it still had ammo was that no one was manning the desk to unlock the case and sell it to him, so he just engaged in a “self-help” remedy.

      1. avatar Paul53 Old gringo says:

        So he did self help at the ammo counter but forgot the self check out when leaving. Easy mistake to make.

  13. avatar Hannibal says:

    Amazing how people think a camera exempts them not only from legal issues (like trying to gain unauthorized access to a school) but basic common sense (like the people at the station whom they called).

  14. avatar Kerry says:

    Explains the lack of ammo…thats my local store

  15. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

    So if you find the guy, do you get the ammo as a reward?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Somehow I doubt it, though I believe there is a reward.

  16. avatar Paul53 Old gringo says:

    If Wal Mart policy prevents employees from stopping thieves, who are we to interfere?

    1. avatar Morgan Gatorsee says:

      Well said Paul!

  17. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Does anyone here know the mechanics of the Barrett?

    What I’m wondering is if one releases and re-pulls the trigger while it’s cycling, will it then again fire as soon as the bolt closes?

    That sure looked like the thing was running fully automatic, and J.M. outpacing the mechanism might account for that.

    Either that, or he’s Superman.

  18. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    Ultimately there should be a discount on insurance if you own guns and particularly if you live in a community that has a high percentage of gun owners.

  19. avatar Renegade Dave says:

    A bill that would allow identity thieves to steal identities of gun owners was squashed? Say it ain’t so.

    I wonder if they ever pause to think before they propose legislation.

  20. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Speaking of homeowners insurance, there’s also the issue of civil liability in the event of a DGU. Not every state provides civil immunity for that. Even in those that do, there’s still nothing preventing someone from bringing a case with an eye toward settlement. Of course, there’s also no guaranty you’ll escape criminal guilt, which would complicate your civil suit. Homeowners insurance might not cover you in a DGU.

    Policies have an “intentional injury exclusion”, which means you’re only covered for true accidents, not something intentional like a DGU. Courts are still split on this issue.

    Best way around it is simply to ensure thst your policy contains a reasonable force self-defense exception. Typical language is something like “bodily injury resulting from the use of reasonable force to protect persons or property.” Insurance is a double edged sword. That big policy coverage is a pot of gold that puts a target on your back. However, that gold also incentivizes the insurance company to put their best lawyers to your defense, since they’re being sued, too.

    So check your policy for coverage, exclusions, exceptions, limitations and talk it over with a qualified expert (which I am not).

  21. avatar WI Patriot says:

    It’s only the beginning…

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