Owners of the recently reclassified Swiss Arms rifles in Canada will be granted amnesty from criminal prosecution, according to a statement by public safety minister Steven Blaney on Monday. “I will bring forward an amnesty to ensure that individuals in possession of these firearms can continue to possess their property without threat of criminal charges,” he said. The previously legal rifles were reclassified as prohibited just a few days ago by the RCMP, and owners have received no instructions about what they’re supposed to do with the rifles. Blaney said on Friday that the decision to reclassify the guns was made by “unelected bureaucrats” and vowed not to let it happen again. In addition to the amnesty. . .
Blaney did not rule out the possibility of either compensation or grandfathering of existing ownership. The thing is, it’s still the prohibition of ownership by the stroke of a pen. Whether they pay you for it or not.
Today’s Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Will County, Illinois, outside of Chicago. A shell casing turned up around noon in the cafeteria at Hadley Middle School after the sixth-grade class had finished lunch, and cafeteria staff brought it to the attention of school administration. Principal Kristen Schroeder placed the school on “soft lockdown” (a “regular procedure in such instances”) and a search of the school ensued. Two hours later, three dogs trained in finding weapons and gunpowder had found no other weapons or ammunition during a search of classrooms and lockers, and according to the Chicago Tribune, police and school administrators were left “scratching their heads.” An email sent to parents after the incident stressed that it was a casing, not a live round of ammunition, and no threat to staff or students had been found.
From The Tactical Wire: COTTONWOOD, AZ – LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, re-engineers the best-selling Kryptonyte(R) Center Mass laser system to give users a choice between two laser patterns; single dot or the popular Center Mass pattern. The Center Mass laser feature projects a ring of eight green laser dots with one green laser dot in the center as the aiming laser. The circle grows at one-inch per yard, approximately the same configuration as a shotgun aimed at a moving target. The green laser, both single and Center Mass pattern, aid the user in daylight visibility, giving the user the advantage of a wide field-of-view while using both eyes for aiming. More info at the link above or at www.laserlyte.com.
The Kentucky House passed a bill last Friday that would allow people protected by domestic violence court orders to obtain a concealed carry gun permit before they go through the required training. Rep. Leslie Combs, who experienced a negligent discharge in her office several weeks ago, was present but did not vote. The bill requires recipients of court orders who wish to get a carry permit to apply with the state police, who will conduct a background check and issue the permit. The permit would be good for 45 days, during which time the holder would have to get the normally required training, at which point the temporary permit would be converted to a permanent one. A Senate version of the bill is awaiting a floor vote.
Short-barrel rifles are now legal in Washington state. SB 595 has now passed the House (having already passed the Senate), and now needs only the governor’s signature. Should he choose to veto it, there’s enough support to override the veto. Paging Jeremy S.
Jerry Miculek is starting a new series, Gun Myths. For his first episode, he’s going after the idea of using a pillow as a silencer. Does it work? Watch and learn.