Authorities have removed a “stockpile of military firearms” from the home of a recently deceased resident of Connecticut. The items removed included a “20mm anti-tank gun on skis, AR-15s, grenades, bombs, and a flamethrower,” which were cataloged by members of the state police Emergency Services Unit, the FBI, and a team of Air Force EOD techs from nearby Westover Air Force Base. [When I Googled “20mm anti-tank gun on skis,” the Lahti L-39 (above) was three of the first five results.] The 59-year-old owner, George Laning, was discovered on March 8th by a friend, having died several days earlier of apparently natural causes. He was described as a reclusive man who lived with his elderly father until he died in 2005 at age 94. Since then, Laning had lived alone . . .
and apparently left no family behind. According to police, an investigation is being conducted to determine how and why Laning amassed the firearms and ammunition and if he registered semi-automatic guns as required by Connecticut’s new gun laws. I know which way I’d lay my money on that last point. Somehow I doubt he ran right out and told the state about his AR-15s when the new laws were passed.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Titan Hill Intermediate School was locked down for an hour or so on Monday when a teacher noticed a boy outside of school property who appeared to have a gun. Law enforcement was notified and they set up a perimeter and began a search. They quickly found a 12-year-old boy with an Airsoft rifle in the woods near the school. The boy, who lives in the area and attends a different school that wasn’t in session on Monday, was, according to Council Bluffs Police Lt. Dan Flores, “just in the woods messing around.” Police said the boy was cooperative, and no tickets issued or charges filed. No one was in any danger, and the lockdown was lifted. Again.
From The Firearm Blog: High speed video of a GLOCK 19 firing Speer 124gr +P Gold Dots while mounted in a Ransom Rest. It was filmed by Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing to look at the effects of magazine on slide velocity and feed reliability, by firing with a no rounds in the mag, 5 rounds, 10 rounds, and a full mag. The interesting part, to me, is the flex and shimmy of the polymer frame as the slide goes back.
If you have ammo in your area, specifically .22LR, count yourself lucky. KETV.com (Omaha’s News Leader) tells us that about 500 people lined up outside the Cabela’s store in La Vista, NE last Saturday morning, in pursuit of a shipment of .22LR that had arrived overnight. At least one person showed up at 4 a.m. to take his place in line for the 500 and 1000 round boxes, which sold out in less than 30 minutes. I still haven’t seen any .22LR on the shelves at any of my regular haunts around Orlando, though I hear pickings are better the further north you get up the state.
The Florida “warning shot” bill is moving closer to passage, having its second reading today, and with tomorrow being the last day to file amendments. We may see a vote on it next week. As a reminder, the bill would make some forms of “warning shots” no longer illegal. Currently in Florida, there’s a grayish-colored illegal area in between keeping your gun holstered (which is, of course, legal) and actually shooting someone in justified self defense (which is also legal). People who draw but do not fire, or fire intentionally into the ground, can be liable for charges that they would not face if they had actually shot the threatening person. The aim of this bill is to protect those who would choose not to actually shoot the person, but instead warn them off by perforating an earthworm or two.
MattV2099 will “360 no-scope your stuff.” For those of you not “in the know,” 360 no-scope is a term that comes from first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the like, and refers to making your character do a 360 degree jump spin and then shooting another player (preferably with a headshot) without using the scope on your gun. This episode, ice cream and a gallon of milk. It’s just gun fun. Some of you won’t get it. That’s fine.
Here’s one for those that don’t appreciate MattV2099’s brand of humor. Jerry Miculek solves the Russian invasion with an FN P90. The stream of bullets as he screamed and ran down the hallway in the first scenario made me laugh out loud.
“Let me see your war face!” “AAAAAGGGHHHHHHH!!”