A Houston, Texas gun range (not pictured) has filed suit against the city to avoid being shut down over what it calls an “antiquated ordinance” requiring gun ranges to have steel bullet traps. Top Gun of Texas has a state-of-the-art rubber bullet trap, installed during construction in 2009 by Action Target of Utah. Since then, the range has passed annual inspection every year until now, when they were advised they were operating out of compliance with the 40-year-old city law. The range points out that “the state of the art in the 1960s is antiquated today. The old-style bullet trap detailed in the ordinance worked by firing a bullet into a steel plate pointed downward at a 45-degree angle. The lead bullet would hit the steel plate, disintegrate, and fall into pieces on the sand pile below. We have since come to realize that inhaling lead particles is not a good thing. That is why the rubberized system is now the industry-standard.” Top Gun seeks an injunction to stop Houston from closing its range . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Tremont High School in Tremont, Illinois where the school was placed on lockdown for a few hours last Friday morning. Shortly after classes began, students discovered an undisclosed quantity of .22 caliber ammunition in a school hallway. Multiple agencies responded and swept the campus, searching students, lockers, and vehicles, before finally lifting the lockdown around noon. Authorities believe there is no threat to students or staff, with Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce saying, “Very well could be an accidental incident. It’s still early to know that. However with things happening around the country, we take every one of these situation very seriously and we treat them as if it is a true emergency.”
A Republican legislator in Oklahoma has introduced legislation that would prohibit the punishment of students for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon. Students also couldn’t be punished for drawing pictures of weapons or wearing clothes that “support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations.” The Oklahoma Education Association immediately came out in opposition to the measure, saying it would remove local control from teachers and administrators. My question is, if those teachers and administrators are abrogating their responsibilities by throwing up their hands and pointing at zero tolerance policies, what control would they be losing that they haven’t already given up voluntarily? [H/T: Pascal]
Florida Carry, Inc. has filed suit against the University of Florida, alleging it illegally bans guns in dorms and other residence halls. Sean Caranna, executive director of Florida Carry, said that the actions taken by UF in the wake of the recent Appeals Court decision don’t adequately comply with the courts decision. He says by restricting weapons anywhere on campus, UF is violating the constitutional rights of people to possess weapons in their homes. Caranna also criticized the university’s workplace violence policy, which list “carries a weapon” under a list of warning signs and “unacceptable behavior to address.”
The MFT Battlelink Minimalist AR-15 stock was mentioned in this space back in September, and to be honest, I didn’t really get it. Recently Colion Noir did a brief video review, and now that I’ve seen it in action, I’m a little more interested now for a future lightweight build. I’m not really a fan of the fixed stock option that many people go with as a lightweight option; I just think this looks better. Thoughts?
A couple days ago, Nick brought you photos of a cutaway IWI Tavor SAR, and while the photos were cool, they were static. Here’s Primary Weapons Systems demonstration of their Long-Stroke Piston System in an actual firing cutaway AR-15, filmed in slow-mo. Very cool.
Finally, your educational video for the week. Hickok45 takes us for a walk around the Schofield revolver by Uberti.