Finally. Lincolnwood gun range cleared to open after decades-long fight for permit – “After nearly three decades, several attempts, a court battle and opposition by some nearby residents, a Lincolnwood gun shop has been cleared to open a shooting range. Under court order, Lincolnwood issued a building permit Wednesday to Shore Galleries, allowing the gun dealer to construct a 10-lane shooting range on the second floor of its shop at 3318 W. Devon Ave., just north of the Chicago border. ‘Our hands are tied. We have to adhere to the court order,’ Village Manager Timothy Wiberg said.” You can almost taste the disgust in those words. Good luck to the new owners. They’ll probably need it.
Meanwhile, a little further south…
Chicago police release video related to shooting of unarmed man – “Chicago police, in a nationwide conference call and bulletin, warned of “civil unrest” and potential violence against cops following the department’s anticipated release of video related to an incident in which a black man was fatally shot in the back, two law enforcement officials said Friday. The officer violated policy in last week’s shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, the bulletin said. Sharon Fairley, head of Chicago’s police oversight board, described the video in a statement as “shocking and disturbing” and offered her condolences to O’Neal’s family and friends.” Brace yourselves.
Florida woman shoots self while using Snapchat, deputies say – “According to the Sheriff’s Office, Powell said that she was “foolishly playing” with her uncle’s .40-caliber pistol when she pulled the trigger and shot her cellphone, which she was holding in her right hand. Powell suffered lacerations on her thumb and index fingers, likely caused by her phone shattering, deputies said.” Why do these things always seem to happen in The Gunshine State?
Microsoft replaced its toy gun emoji with a real revolver – “It’s unclear why Microsoft felt the need to replace its old toy gun, which resembled a sci-fi space blaster, with a real firearm. It does, however, put the company at philosophical odds with Apple. The iPhone maker just last week announced new emoji, including a squirt gun to replace its revolver in an effort to promote a more playful attitude with its collection of icons.” I don’t think ‘real’ means what they think it means.
George Zimmerman reportedly punched in face – “According to a Seminole County sheriff’s report on the Sunday evening incident, Zimmerman told the officers he had a short conversation with another man over the man’s tattoos and was trying to prove who he was when another man identified only as Eddie asked if he was bragging about the 2012 shooting for which Zimmerman was acquitted. Zimmerman told deputies he said, “No,” and went back to his table after the man made a profane remark and demanded he leave the restaurant. A few minutes later, the man approached Zimmerman and his friends and punched him in the face, Zimmerman said.” Some people just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.