Category: Police Procedure

Warwick, RI Police Ditch .9mm for .40 Ammo

Warwick police target, magnification unknown (courtesy warwickonline.com)

“The Warwick Police Department issues every officer a SIG P229 – a semi-automatic pistol distributed Sig Sauer,” warwickonline.com reports. “However, an officer may use a weapon of his own choosing as long as it is in .40 calibers. Some officers choose to carry Glocks. Previously, officers could carry anything they wanted but when it came time for Mathiesen to order the ammo, it could get confusing. ‘I had to literally figure out what you carry if you carried a .9 mm or if you carried a .40 mm,’ [Inspector Chris ] Mathiesen said. ‘I had to balance all the info and it was a nightmare.’” Not to mention the nightmare of loading all those rounds and sweeping up afterwards.

ATF Lacks Staff to Chase NICS Denials

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The left gets its panties in a bunch whenever the right uses the term “jack-booted thugs.” They think the expression reveals right-wing paranoia against an inherently beneficent government. Insurrectionism, domestic terrorism, etc. But seriously, the ATF are a bunch of jack-booted thugs. Click here to check out the “controversies” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) has inflicted on taxpayers; from the murders at WACO to the Fast and Furious anti-gun smuggling gun smuggling operation. And now the ATF are bitching that they can’t enforce the FBI’s NICS background check deal because they’re understaffed . . .

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Housekeeping: Is TTAG [Still] Picking on Cops?

Botched "paramilitary" police raids (courtesy cato.org)

Once again, TTAG’s taken some heat for featuring more than a few police officers in our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day feature. Some commentators feel that law enforcement officers are over-represented, indicating an anti-cop bias. I’ve already admitted that I view police officers with suspicion. Not only do most top cops actively support gun control, but LEOs at the sharp end are often careless with firearms and, worse, unaccountable for their safety violations. Not to mention lethal SWAT-mania (as above) and unnecessary dog shootings. Despite all that, is TTAG unfairly portraying police firearms malfeasance? Nope. And John Lott has the stats to prove it . . .

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IGOTD Winner May Cost NYC Taxpayers $90 Million

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By Pascal
In the past decade, civil suits against the NYPD have more than doubled, hitting a record high of 9,500 in 2012. They’ve cost taxpayers $1 billion and tend to result from such outstanding police work as making false arrests and shooting people’s pets. Now, the city might be on the hook for another $90 million thanks to a NYPD officer who got drunk and allegedly started shooting at a stopped car for no apparent reason . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: ‘Nuff Said? Edition

CSD Credit Union, Kansas City (courtesy Google maps)

“An off-duty Kansas City police officer suffered a slight foot wound Wednesday when his service weapon inadvertently discharged,” kansascity.com reports. “Kansas City police said the officer had stopped by a credit union in the 8500 block of Bannister Road and was visiting outside with another officer when the accident occurred. The injury was described as a graze wound and did not require a trip to the emergency room. No one else was injured.” You see how corrosive these passively constructed ND stories are? Not only . . .

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From the Annals of Police Militarization: EPA Shuts Down MRAP Transfers

Bastrop County (Texas) MRAP (courtesy statesman.com)

Not exactly gun but . . . TTAG reader RS writes:

You may be interested to know that about two weeks ago the EPA notified DOD that ALL engine powered equipment transfers to ANYONE ANYWHERE was to stop. This includes to fire departments, police, other government entities including GSA and including foreign military sales. This should be shutting off the conduit of MRAP crack to law enforcement. But as they are “special,” who knows? Fire or cop the minimal miles per year isn’t doing diddly in the pollution level. Perhaps the smoke from the fire I’m going to put out might be a large issue? Right now, as Obama closes the Army, a HUGE quantity of great low mile/hour stuff is available. In reality this should be going into storage yards of THE NEXT WAR.

OMG! Pizza-Eating Feds! With Guns! In Our Neighborhood! OMG!

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Janet Yellen happens to be the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. That means, as a high-ranking government official, she gets a ride to work and a fair amount of security around her Georgetown home. But her neighbors aren’t happy about the entourage or their comings and goings from their exclusive gated community of Hillandale. The Federal Reserve security detail has even rented a townhouse near Yellen’s home, a fact that hasn’t prompted neighbors send any Welcome Wagon gifts . . .

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