New Haven, Connecticut police arrested three teens in connection with a couple of recent robberies, one of whom was in possession of a homemade “zip gun.” After interviewing them, police searched the home of another juvenile who’d manufactured the gun, and recovered another assembled gun, a partially assembled gun and components intended for assembly. That individual told police he’d manufactured and sold more than a dozen of the improvised weapons. I’m sure the buyers all passed background checks.
When I saw a headline at the normally left-leaning Slate (they run @GunDeaths after all) that said Gun Safety Laws Are Pointless If Nobody Bothers to Enforce Them, I was pleasantly surprised that we might finally be on the same page. Alas, it was not to be, as the bloody-shirt waving started from the very first sentence, and the enforcement they’re looking for is not better enforcement of existing gun laws. Instead, they listed several instances where people were shot accidentally, and they were aghast that no charges were filed. It seems they equate unsupported criminal charges with prevention of accidents, and they want something, anything thrown at these people, pour l’encouragement des autres. So I guess we’re not as close as I thought. Ah well. It was a pleasant dream.
I’m just gonna leave this here, with one note: Usually when things are Made in the USA the company makes it impossible to miss that fact. Since this company doesn’t, the assumption is it’s not. Patriot Pillow, meet irony. [Another h/t to ENDO, two in a row!]
Why is the city of Chicago throwing away $2 million a year by scrapping seized weapons instead of selling them? Does it really matter if the gun a gang member uses against an enemy was once seized by the Chicago police rather than being fresh off the assembly line? “By selling guns instead of scrapping them, you send a mixed message, and that could result in a non-economic price of decreased officer attention to this issue,” said Mark Iris, former executive director of the Chicago Police Board. But is that really true? After all, as reason.com points out, they don’t need to flatten stolen vehicles to retain their vigilance against car theft. [h/t Pascal]
tnoutdoors9 got himself a new rifled-barrel shottie, and used the confluence of that and Halloween as an excuse to light off a couple of 12 gauge Hornady SST FTX slugs at a couple pumpkins, as a prelude to upcoming full ammo tests of that and others. BOOM! Splat!