A grandmother in Cary, North Carolina has found herself in the crosshairs of her homeowner’s association for posting the sign above in her front yard. Laurie Cherico moved into neighborhood back in November, and posted the sign a little over a month ago. Now the homeowner’s association notified her that the sign might violate community guidelines. Homeowner’s associations get a lot of flack, around here and in general, but the reality of the situation is that when you buy in their neighborhood, you’re buying into their system. So it would seem the HOA has the authority to limit things like this. The association spokeswoman said that the content of the sign isn’t an issue [except it is, to some folks; keep reading], it’s that Cherico didn’t apply for permission to post it. Cherico says that other homes in the neighborhood have security signs in their yards . . .
and this is her security sign. She said security signs don’t typically need prior approval, but the association spokeswoman said other residents have complained about the sign. So you see, the content of the sign actually is an issue, because someone else doesn’t like it. The dispute will end up before an association committee, and if they rule it’s not allowed, Cherico will have 15 days to remove it, after which she’ll be liable for fines of $100 per day. The association spokeswoman notes that no one in the 1,300 home community has ever been fined for a violation.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Denver, Colorado. Morey Middle School was placed on lockdown Monday morning after a threat was reported at the school. Officers responded to a report a little before 10 a.m., and there were reports of a tactical team seen in the area. The threat involved a student who had been in a fight last week and threatened to bring a gun to school. Officers interviewed those involved and determined there was no actual danger. No gun was found, no one was hurt, and no arrests were made. But hey, “at least the children were safe.”
Tom in Oregon writes to us about a raffle that’s taking place near him. It’s being held to support the local St. Helens Girls Softball league, and the prize is a Barrett M107A1 rifle topped with a Leupold Mark 4 L/RT scope, and 100 rounds of ammunition. Tickets are $50 each and are limited to 1000 total sold. The drawing will be held August 23, 2014, and is open to residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia who are over 18 and can pass a background check. (Also, of course, assuming it’s legal for you to possess it in your state. Sorry, New Jersey and California.) You do not need to be present to win, but you must accept the prize in Oregon within one year of winning. If this sounds like the kind of thing you’re interested in, you can find more information here and the official rules can be found here. According to the Facespace page linked above, you can mail your entry request along with a check for the appropriate amount to SHGS, 2034 Columbia Blvd, PMB 220, St. Helens OR 97051 and they will mail your ticket(s) back to you.
Tell me again how universal background checks will fix this? Police are looking to talk to a teenager in New York City who they believe gave away a gun used by a 12-year-old boy to negligently shoot his 14-year-old sister on Friday. The gun that the boy used to shoot his sister in his South Jamaica, Queens home is believed to be the same gun that fired a fatal shot in what police are calling a botched robbery on Tuesday, in which a 48-year-old man was killed. The boy will not say where he got the gun, giving police conflicting stories of finding it on his way home from school and it being given to him by a teenage friend. The friend in that second story is the one with whom police would like to have a conversation. So a gun that was obtained from an unknown source, and then used to kill a man in a botched robbery on Tuesday, and then possibly given to another boy who used it to recklessly shoot his sister on Friday. But having to do a background check if I want to sell a a gun privately to my best friend (or a stranger, for that matter) is clearly going to make any difference.
This video is from a month or so ago, but due to its length I finally got around to reviewing it before putting it here. Jerry really wrings out an IWI Tavor with a 9mm conversion, with different targets, different ammunition, and different scenarios. It’s got quite a bit of technical info broken up by some signature Jerry Miculek shooting. Be a good one to watch while you’re cleaning your guns. You do clean your guns regularly, don’t you? If it’s been a while, here’s your excuse.
And finally, Colion Noir delivers one of his brief poetic reviews, this time of the FN FAL.
Looks like a fun gun.