CBP guns bust courtesy kswt.com/USCBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (when did they stop calling it Border “Patrol?”) arrested a man on Monday afternoon headed into Mexico with “17 high-powered rifle parts,” seven “high-capacity” magazines, and about 2400 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition was packed inside the battery case of a motorized wheelchair, while the gun parts and magazines were secreted throughout the vehicle. The 17 parts were 3 lowers, 5 uppers, 4 stocks, 3 pistol grips, and 2 forearms. The man was a 52-year-old Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., and was last heard telling police to “call Mr. Holder and he’ll clear this up.”

Your Lockdown of the Day™ isn’t actually a lockdown, and is brought to you from Wilson, New York. At Wilson Middle and High Schools, classes started two hours late last Friday due to a “gun threat.” The principal of the middle school received calls late Thursday night about a student who came to an after-school event with a gun in a backpack. Administrators contacted law enforcement and searched the middle/high school building, finding nothing. At 5 a.m., the student had not returned home, so they searched the school again, and decided to delay classes. Shortly thereafter, the student was found asleep at a home in town (not his), and his backpack was retrieved and searched by deputies while the kid slept. No firearm was found in the bag, but there was an “aerosol bottle that could make a clicking noise.” The student was not charged, but “the investigation will continue.”

An Indiana lawmaker is proposing a law that would let licensed gun owners store firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles. Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas said “I want to decriminalize self-defense.” Lucas is pitching House Bill 1048 as a convenience for parents and teachers, who might legally have guns in their cars but can’t park at school with them. Licensed owners have to be at least 18, which could include some students.

Want more gun reviews? Vuurwapenblog reviews five guns in under one minute. Beretta 92FS, AK74, GLOCK 19, Mossberg 500, and M&P9 Compact. Go!

 
In an effort to enforce the laws already on the books, Virginia State Police have been tracking gun show transactions since 2011, and the percentage of people arrested after being denied permission to buy a firearm at Virginia gun shows has been steadily on the rise. In 2011, 10.6 percent of the people who were denied permission to buy guns that year were charged with an offense related to being someone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. That increased to 12.4 percent in 2012 and to 27 percent last year. For purposes of comparison, last year there were 43,497 gun show transactions, of which 263 were declined. That means approximately 70 people were prosecuted last year for gun possession related offenses from this program.

The Georgia Governor’s Office announced Thursday that gun manufacturer Daniel Defense will expand their plant in Black Creek, Bryant County, and add 120 new jobs. The expansion is expected to cost DD about $20 million. They say their goal is to employ 284 Georgians by 2018.

Not a gun to be seen in this video, but it’s pretty awesome just the same. It’s from a couple years ago in Afghanistan, and it’s U.S. Marines using an Assault Breacher Vehicle to clear mines with rocket-propelled line charges. As Leeloo would say, “Big Bada Boom.

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42 Responses to Daily Digest: Clicking Noise Edition

    • I’m wondering why US Customs was searching vehicles leaving the country. Isn’t that job for the Mexicalis on the other side searching vehicles as they enter?

    • That’s what I was thinking when I read it. For one he seems to be out of the age rang of most criminals plus he went though the hassle of lawfully entering the US, which I would expect to lessen the chance of him being just a standard criminal. Those defense movements seem to be made up of older people and like the guy smuggling the weapons so I could very easily see a situation where is friends back in Mexico have joined such a group and he judged it was worth the risk to help arm them, as apposed to just being a criminal. Hell if I grew up in Mexico and had moved to the US to escape the violence but still had good friends and family back in Mexico I would be very tempted to help arm them to protect themselves. On top of that we know that the cartels have access to all sorts of military grade firearms, and have all sorts of techniques for smuggling drugs over the border, that I would expect they would just send firearms back by the same methods instead of just driving them across the border.

  1. So having a can of Axe in your school bag is enough to justify a warrantless search at 5AM while you’re still sleeping?

    • Don’t you know, children don’t have any rights! GOSH!
      …….
      No. Seriously. Children don’t have rights against search and seizure.

      Wait, Im sorry if I sound stupid here but didn’t we, and the article, gloss over a bigger issue? Other students reported this kid at an after school event Thursday night and he was still not home at 5 A.M. Friday morning? Where the hell are this kid’s parents?

      • I’ll give the kid and his parents the benefit of the doubt on that given the vague “at a resident’s house” statement. While I was completely socially inept in high school sleepovers weren’t all that uncommon, especially after night time school events.

  2. Pablo made the cardinal sin. He tried to smuggle guns into mexico without giving Holder his cut. Pablo will be a long time in Gitmo repenting of his greed.

    • If you gotta do time GTMO would be the place to do it. Detainees get the best treatment money can buy, special diet to conform to you religious preference, and you can abuse the guards without risk of retaliation. To be locked up where is the down side?

      • There’s no such thing as easy time. You’re locked down no matter how decent the treatment is. And it’s a major hardship for your family to try to visit. If they wanted to.

  3. So. Was Pablo breaking U.S. law?

    (Definitely breaking Mexican law, but that’s not a problem for U.S. Customs is it?)

    • I was wondering that myself… getting scary guns out of the US, isn’t that what our lawmakers have been trying to do?

    • As shipping “high capacity magazines” into NY, CA etc.? Why does out of state retailer care about the moronic unconstitutional opinions of leg. in such areas?

  4. Looks like one is a m&p 15-22. Two farthest mags on the right as well as one buffer with a little tab sticking out look like 15-22 parts.

    • Those must be the “high power rifles” they were referring to. Pfft.

      Funny. To me a high power rifle would be a T-Rex, .338 Lapua or a .50 BMG – nothing around .22/.223 caliber for sure!

    • Never. No point in it. Draws too much attention. The military tries to stay out of domestic matters for the most part. Law enforcement has plenty of Bearcats and MRAPs.

      Why would they use a breacher vehicle to do a job a SWAT Bearcat can and without causing near as much fuss?

  5. Anyone click the link to the first story then find it odd that “assault rifles” were being smuggled from California?

    • I find it odd that you found text that was non-existant.

      “Assault rifle components” was what I read. And there are still bastardized ar’s and ak’s out thataway, ya’ know?

      • “CBP officers bust driver with assault rifles, ammunition headed to Mexico from San Diego” was the headline. That’s what most people grab onto and what the media is using to scare people. I found it odd coming from California because the state is supposed to have these great, amazing gun control laws for the safety of the citizens.

  6. Why blow the mines up? Why not defuse/disarm them?

    I can imagine my explosives disposal friends (is that what you call them?) going: “Tsk, tsk, so unproffesional”.

    • People who lay mines, as opposed to simply planting IEDs, are also professionals, even in Afghanistan. Mines have been used extensively world-wide for about a century and there is no shortage of instructional materials on their most effective use. Also, not every mine, especially anti-personnel mines, contains enough metal to be easily located by metal detectors.

      Several simple techniques come to mind: Place an anti-tank mine on top of an anti-personnel mine so that when it is defused and lifted the mine below detonates. Alternatively, rig all the mines so that if any one is lifted it triggers the entire field (Nazi trick). Fire one or all of the mines by remote detonation when personnel or vehicles are in the kill zone. The list of nefarious tricks goes on, and on, and on…

      Why in the world would you risk a highly trained man, or squad, laboriously traversing an area under enemy observation and possible direct or indirect fire, when a nearly impervious M1 Abrams with a breaching charge can detonate all those mines at the same time with almost zero risk?

      By the way, in basic training (1980) they taught us the “probe with a bayonet” technique for locating buried mines. A mistake set of an artillery simulator. Not one person in our company “survived” the exercise.

      • We did the same exercise when I went through in 2005 without the arty sims… always wondered how I would have done for real, but not bad enough to try and find out.

      • Didn’t think of that, makes sense to disarm them if you are in a safe area. As in after the conflict has ended.

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