In the past I’ve covered the many, many (many) times that folks inadvertently take their guns into airports, and how the outcome of those mistakes can vary wildly depending on where they occur. Most recently, it was only the end of March when this space featured the Orlando Sentinel’s exposé on the fact that making that mistake in Orlando (as well as Dallas, Chicago, or Atlanta) pretty much guaranteed you’d be arrested. But times, they are a-changin’ here in O-town, as the last arrest of a permit-holder occurred on February 15th, just three days after former police Chief Paul Rooney stepped down. Rooney had set a zero-tolerance policy . . .
saying ticket holders (and gun carriers) must be held accountable. Since new Chief John Mina took over, there have been nine concealed-weapon-permit holders caught, and none of them missed their flights. This is because under Florida law, police have discretion not to make arrests in misdemeanor cases, which is what the charge is when permit-holders are found with a gun in a place prohibited by law. Thus, the police can simply issue a citation, and let the people get on with their lives. Non-permit holders face felony charges for the same actions. Make no mistake, though, it’s still not all sunshine and rainbows. Even permit-holders who are caught often forfeit their guns in the process, and they still can be liable for federal fines of $1,000 to $3,000 for first-time offenders.
A gun amnesty in Hamilton, Ontario over the past month brought in nearly 400 weapons, including 262 long arms, 112 handguns, and almost 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Notable turnins were an 1871 Snider Enfield Rifle and an AK-46 assault rifle. According to the article in The Hamilton Spectator, the 1871 Snider Enfield Rifle “may be preserved because it is historically significant.” I’d think the AK-46 would be as well, due to its low production numbers. I’d actually never heard of it, but Wikipedia says it was the prototype for the AK-47, and had a separate fire selector and safety, two functions that were later combined in the production AK-47. Of course the usual “public safety” platitudes were issued, with Acting Inspector Paul Evans going so far as to say, “We said this would be a success if even one gun was collected.”
From The Tactical Wire – AMITYVILLE, New York – DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces new holster availabilities for the BOBERG XR9-L, and XR9-S. There are three new offerings for both guns, the #019 Mini Scabbard®, the #N38 Nemesis®, and the #M44 Super Fly®, and two new offerings for the XR9-L only, the #085 Thumb Break Mini Slide® and the #062 Apache® Ankle Rig.
Prince Law Offices, P.C. has a blog post today saying that the ATF has confirmed that it has no plans to revise gun trust regulations before 2015. You’ll recall the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 41P from late last year that gave the impression that they were considering extending background check requirements to all entities listed on a trust, and the public comment period which followed it. The ATF received more than 9500 submissions of public comments. The ATF has now put in writing that its projected date for a final rule is not until 2015. Even at that point, Prince Law points out, there will very likely be a delayed effective date, as well as judicial challenges, both to the text of the rule as well as the ATF’s authority to promulgate the rule in the first place. This is good news for people who still want to get their toys prior to the implementation of the new rule, but it also has the negative point of the long timeframe allowing it to fall off many folks’ radar. Luckily our side has lots of people, like Prince Law, who make it their business to keep track of these things, so the rest of us can live our own lives in the meantime.
Dugan Ashley chances across the rarest of finds, a double underfolder, and then, a double-double underfolder.
Sorry, if you don’t get it, I can’t really explain it.
To cleanse your palate from that, especially if it made no sense to you, here’s 22plinkster attempting to put a .22LR bullet through a spinning weed eater string.