Always check your rental car for stray guns before returning it. Always. Police in Spartanburg, SC were called to a local Hertz Rental office after employees reported finding a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition inside a car returned Thursday morning. The vehicle had been rented to a 25-year-old Florida man at an airport in Huntington, West Virginia. According to the police report, the employee found a black Stevens Model 320 pump 12-gauge (similar to above) loaded with four round of buckshot and 22 additional rounds of ammunition in an open box, as well as a pair of Nike running shoes, a pair of socks, an ashtray, a travel computer adapter, two men’s watches, and an unopened can of dip. There’s a story here, but I don’t think we’ll ever know what it is. Read on . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes to you from Fayetteville, North Carolina. E.E. Smith High School, which was in session on Saturday for a snow day make-up day, was locked down after a former studen fired a BB gun inside the school and in the parking lot. No one was hurt in the incident. Surveillance video shows that Antionwan Haskins entered the school about 11:06 a.m. and fired several shots from the BB gun into a wall near the principal’s office. He proceeded outside where he fired at least one shot at the principal’s car, damaging the windshield. He then left the school and went home, but his mother brought him back to the school to turn himself in to authorities. He’s being held on charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds, disorderly conduct, disrupting students and injury to personal property.
The Alabama bill that would allow people to carry loaded pistols in their cars without a permit has stalled in the Senate, with Republicans unable to muster enough support to overcome a Democrat filibuster. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, who last year sponsored and passed another gun bill that made getting a concealed permit easier and lifted the state’s long-standing restriction on carrying a gun on “property not one’s own.” That change essentially legalized the open carry of handguns anywhere it was not expressly forbidden. One member of the current bill’s opposition is Republican Sen. Phil Williams, who said he supported gun rights but [There’s that nasty “but” again.] could not vote for a bill that would decrease the number of gun permits purchased in Etowah County, because those permits, he says, pay for school resource officers. Nothing to do with safety, just revenue. The leader of the filibuster, Sen. Rodger Smitherman, did not actually express opposition to the bill, but rather, was upset about a vote earlier in the week on a bill related to the Birmingham Water Works, and had warned lawmakers he’d try to slow the process down. Revenue and temper tantrums. That’s how the sausage gets made.
This is an interesting looking free-float rail system from SureFire, although I’m generally leery of anything labeled “proprietary.” Opinions?
According to an article at news.com.au, guns, ammunition, and shooting are a daily part of life in Pretoria, South Africa where Oscar Pistorius is on trial for murder. The article is written with a definite sense of wonder at how matter-of-fact people there are about their shooting, saying that at the local mall, you can “shop for a new bedroom suite, have your trousers altered, or buy 200 rounds of hollow point ammunition designed to blow a hole in someone the size of a 50c piece.” Of course, there’s a hint of FUD from the innocent reporter, “Few Australians would … know the difference between hollow-point and solid ammunition or the characteristics of Black Talon versus Ranger bullets.” The author asked the proprietor of the shooting range where Pistorius practiced why anyone would want to buy Black Talon ammunition. His answer, described as “matter-of-fact, without any hint of embarrassment or disgust,” was, “To be more aggressive. Some people believe you have to put a solid in the magazine and then you have to alternate with hollow-point because if you shoot directly at a person then the hollow-point is better. But sometimes you have to shoot through a car door and then the solid is better.” Noted.
Jerry Miculek shows us the Targabot, an automated target system. Very cool, but apparently pretty pricey. I couldn’t find an official price, but Jerry said over on reddit that it’s “along the price of a higher end AR.” So a couple-three grand, most likely.
And finally, 22plinkster shooting skeet with an upside-down .22 pistol, using tracers for visibility.
So it took him three shots. I don’t think I could do it with five times that many, and right-side up.
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