U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials temporarily seized a .50-caliber machine gun (above) in Detroit at the Fort Street Cargo Facility on May 13th because they say it wasn’t documented properly. The machine gun shipped from Canada, and was listed on an electronic manifest as “Cal Machine gun parts” and had no accompanying invoice. It was, in fact, an assembled .50-caliber machine gun manufactured by an Ohio company, according to USCBP. Following the seizure, CBP imposed a fine on the Canadian shipper for failing to satisfy federal importation procedures, and returned the gun to them for transport back out of the country.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ for today is a twofer, coming from Weekhawken and Union City, NJ. Two different schools were locked down nearly eight hours apart on Thursday, and authorities believe the lockdowns were caused by the same man. Around 8 a.m., a staff member at George Washington Elementary in Union City found a male intruder rummaging through a secretary’s office in the basement, which triggered a lockdown. The man fled when confronted, and police don’t know how he got into the building. Several hours later, security video at Daniel Webster Elementary in Weehawken showed an unknown man in the building carrying a backpack, so police locked down the school “out of an abundance of precaution” to conduct a search. Most of the children were in the gym for after school programs, so they were held there, and after about an hour, parents were allowed in to sign the kids out and take them home. The man was not found.
The Brady Campaign is dissatisfied at the pace with which New Jersey is pursuing the smart gun technology that’s been in the news so much lately. In an effort to spur action, the Brady Bunch and the Million Mom March have filed suit against the state of New Jersey and its Attorney General, saying the state has failed to comply with its own law on gun technology. The law says that the AG’s office is supposed to file reports on the availability of smart guns, and that not a single report has been filed since 2003. The screaming ninnies say the AG hasn’t done that, and demand that his office “obey the law and report on the availability of ‘smart’ handguns.” The AG’s office had no comment.
Several companies are running sales for Memorial Day weekend, notably Silencerco taking 25% off all merchandise (hats, shirts, stickers, patches, NOT silencers), CrossBreed Holsters taking 15% off your entire purchase with coupon code MD15, and Remora Holsters giving double coupons, one is 30% off your purchase plus a free single mag holder (code 30offmag), and the other is free shipping on orders over $40 (code SHIPFREE40).
An Arlington, Texas woman has filed a complaint with the Arlington PD because she says an officer unjustly seized her gun after she called them about seeing a car she thought was the one involved in a hit-and-run with her daughter earlier this month. Her daughter had been hit by a small red car with a white door, and the car she spotted had a recently painted door that appeared to have white under the red. She pulled in behind the car and called 911. When two men and a woman got into the car to leave, she said she didn’t confront them, but only held her hand up and asked them to “hold on.” When an officer arrived on scene and requested her driver’s license and insurance, she also showed him her Concealed Handgun License at the same time as required by law. At that point, he grabbed her purse and removed her gun from it, saying she was being a vigilante and that she shouldn’t even have the gun. The officer told her she could pick up the gun at the station at a later date. She did so the following Monday, minus the ammunition, because department policy doesn’t allow a firearm and ammunition to be released from property at the same time. Dissatisfied with the answer she got from the officer’s supervisor, she has filed a complaint with Internal Affairs.
For the weekend, a long-form video from Hickok45, discussing the SVT-40, a semi-auto rifle that shoots the 7.62x54R cartridge, most recognizably used in the Mosin-Nagant.