Back in December, we told you about the owner of a sock monkey toy who had the toy’s tiny six-shooter confiscated by TSA in St. Louis. Recently a traveler at Heathrow airport in London had a similar experience, when a tiny revolver in the holster of a Toy Story Woody doll was confiscated by security staff. The individual posted a story to reddit that the tiny toy gun, about 1.5″ long, was flagged and taken away as a security risk. It being the internet, and the world we live in, there’s no sure way to know it’s true, as neither the airport nor the Department For Transport are commenting. But since we know it’s happened in the past, it’s clearly not that far-fetched. [Yes, I know Woody doesn’t actually carry a gun. There’s no indication that the gun was confiscated simply because it “was not canon.”] . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Estherville, Iowa, where Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School was locked down last Thursday after two students found a .22-caliber cartridge in a classroom. During the lockdown, police and school officials questioned students and searched lockers. “No one was hurt.” Officials say they don’t know who brought the round in nor if it was brought in accidentally or on purpose. In December, a .25-caliber cartridge was found in a hallway in the same school. School officials remind parents to check children’s coats and backpacks to make sure they don’t accidentally bring prohibited items into school.
Back in November I told you about the latest chapter in the saga of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, a law which would exempt from federal regulation any firearm that was manufactured in Montana and remained within its borders. That case is still awaiting a decision on its cert petition to the USSC. In the meantime, Oklahoma is moving in the same direction. House Bill 2805 is similar to the MFFA, exempting any firearm, accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in and remains in Oklahoma from federal regulation. That bill was voted out of the House States’ Rights Committee on Tuesday, and will be considered by the full chamber shortly. The bill would also prohibit physicians from documenting information about a patient’s gun owership.
Why does this never happen to me? A Maryland woman was cleaning out the storage shed of her deceased relative Saturday and found “unexploded military ordnance” stored there. Fire Marshal Bomb Squad crews officials said that most items were military novelty items, but some was “live military training ordnance.” Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Or would that be propellant but no explosive? In any case, they gathered it up and carted it off. I think they should at least invite the person who turned in to be there when they blow it up. I want to yell “Yeehaw!” or “Hell yeah!” when it goes off, too.
Florida residents moved one step closer to being able to obtain concealed weapon permits at their local tax collector’s office, instead of having to send their applications to Tallahassee or show up in person at one of eight regional offices. The proposed rule was unanimously approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday. (Concealed permits in Florida are administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.) Background checks would still be performed by the agriculture department, the tax collectors would simply process the paperwork and fingerprints. For that they would be able to charge an extra $22 on top of the $70 for new applicants, or $12 on top of the $60 for renewals. Tax collectors will not be required to participate.
The Slow Mo Guys show us what a full-auto M4 looks like at 18,000 frames per second. You’re gonna want to full-screen, high-res this one. A while back I commented on a Richard Ryan video that the two jets of gas coming out of the bolt were the coolest thing I’d seen in memory. That bar has now been surpassed. At about 2:45 in this video, I want you to notice the lock time. That is, the time between the bolt closing on the new round and the hammer falling to set it off. You can actually see the bolt carrier bounce against bolt locked into the the breech face before it settles into place and the round fires. It takes an eternity. Absolutely amazing.
By the way, if you’re wondering why everyone on YouTube doesn’t make videos this awesome, it’s because that camera they used, the Phantom V1610, runs $100,000 per copy. From their FAQ: Is it true that a camera that runs this fast must be powered by either dilithium or silithium crystals? No. We’ve been able to achieve these rates of speed without the use of such technology.