Some 50-75 people were evacuated from their homes late Wednesday afternoon after police received a report that “potentially dangerous devices” that looked like large caliber bullets and artillery shells were found in a recently-vacated apartment. Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood, evacuated several dozen residents, rerouted school and municipal buses, and kept the area locked down for several hours. The munitions were eventually determined to be de-militarized, were removed by specialists, and residents were allowed to return to their homes after a few hours. The photo above came from the link above, which has more . . .
photos and a video, and another video with even more photos can be found here, though that one is in French. The son of a former tenant has come forward to say that the found items were his. Naturally, police “and the Army continue to investigate the legality of having these weapons in a home.”
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from East Hartford, Connecticut, where the Woodland School was locked down for an hour after officials discovered a student was carrying bullets. Police “searched the school” after receiving the report and seeing that the student had several bullets for a handgun, but no gun was found. No information is available on whether the student was disciplined or arrested. Of course, parents were notified of the lockdown, and that all students were at all times safe and were never in danger.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 317, which allows people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into city-owned recreational facilities. The law requires those with a concealed carry permit to secure the weapons out of view and inaccessible to others. The article at wowktv.com points out that there have been several crimes committed with guns in [Charleston’s] recreational centers in the last ten years, specifically three at the Charleston Civic Center and eight at the King Center. I’m curious how many of those “crimes committed” were simply possession charges, because those would be meaningless in evaluating the efficacy of the new law.
An NRA-backed bill designed to help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill passed out of the Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee Wednesday, for consideration by the full House. The bill would require county court clerks to forward adjudications involving mental health to federal authorities, presumably so they could be flagged and show up during a background check. The bill passed 12-0, with three abstentions.
A Canadian couple was arrested on firearms trafficking charges while crossing the Rainbow Bridge into Canada on March 16th by members of the Canadian Border Services Agency, who were acting on information provided by the Toronto Police Service’s Firearms Enforcement Unit. The couple was crossing the bridge with their two children. A search of their van turned up “seven handguns, two hand grenades, ammunition, over-capacity magazines and knives.” Upon the discovery of the grenades, “several lanes” of the Rainbow Bridge were closed while the munitions were secured. Search warrants were executed against the couples’ home, which resulted in the discovery of an additional 34 firearms, including 20 handguns, along with “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” (Oh noes!). Later investigation turned up five more firearms, allegedly smuggled into Canada. The couple was due in court on Tuesday, facing 73 separate firearms and firearms trafficking charges.
A few months back MattV2099 debunked the myth that putting your thumb behind the slide on a semi-auto when it fires will get it broken, finding that the worst you really needed to worry about was possibly cutting yourself on the sharp edges of the bottom of the slide. For that video, he used a GLOCK-brand GLOCK 17 in 9mm. Since the internet is never satisfied, a bunch of folks challenged him to “try that with a 10mm!” Never let it be said that MattV2099 doesn’t listen to his viewers. Here it is again with a GLOCK-brand GLOCK 20 in 10mm. Note that he does start this one off using the heel of his hand, before he goes to two thumbs, and then down to one. He’s crazy, but he ain’t stupid. (Some NSFW language)
One of the first things that hickok45 says in this video about the Springfield Armory 1911 HRT Professional Model is “Even if you don’t care for 1911s, that’s a pretty one, isn’t it?” As someone who doesn’t care much either way for 1911s, I can’t help but agree.