The latest, but probably not final, installment in the saga of C.J. Grisham came yesterday when the jury sentenced him to a $2000 fine and no jail time for being found guilty of interference with the duties of an officer. Grisham says he’s pleased he wasn’t sentenced to jail time, but that he plans to appeal the verdict. He apparently rejected giving the jury the option of sentencing him to probation, saying if he had to go to jail, that was something he was willing to do rather than go through the risk of being on probation. “I didn’t want to be under the thumb . . .
and give the state another reason just to get me to violate parole. It’s just too easy these days. Obviously if a guy can get arrested for walking down a road while hiking with his son, I have no guarantees that I wouldn’t be charged with another bogus crime,” he said. “I would much rather go to jail for my convictions then succumb to having the state dictate where I can go and what I can say.” [h/t: PhoenixNFA]
A month ago we covered the story of the last primary ore lead smelter in the US closing due to EPA regulations taking effect. That closure has had people all over blaming Obama and preaching doom and gloom for the current ammunition shortage, in spite of hard evidence to the contrary. In a recent column over at bearingarms.com, Bob Owens sums it all up and tells us It’s the end of the primary lead smelter in Herculaneum (and I feel fine). The truth is the vast majority of the lead used by ammo manufacturers comes from recycled car batteries, not from smelters like Herculaneum, and as Bob says, we are “not close to seeing the end of lead ammunition manufactured in the United States, nor are we seeing an attempt at backdoor gun control.”
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the homemade futuristic weapons ‘can potentially create a huge problem.’ Count me, again, as dubious,” writes Paul M. Barrett over at Bloomberg Businessweek*. “Undetectable weapons … could very well be dangerous,” he says, but the problem is that “bad guys want weapons that work. The 9/11 hijackers commandeered passenger jets with utility knives, box cutters, and ruthless coordination.” (*Don’t let the “Bloomberg” part of that fool you. Barrett is the guy that wrote GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun.)
The two Gonzaga University students who were placed on probation for possession of weapons on school-owned property filed an appeal on Monday, seeking to have the violation removed from their student records. They argue that because Gonzaga does not actually own but instead leases the building they live in that they should not be punished for not following the University’s weapons policy.
Given all the discussion about the oil-filter suppressor in today’s ugly Mosin post (and it’s not the first time it’s come up), here’s an older video of Hickok45 taking the Cadiz Gunworks Econo-Can suppressor for a test drive. Keep in mind that the Econo-Can is not a “solvent trap adapter,” it’s an actual serialized suppressor with a tax stamp that will go through your FFL on a Form 4. The filter is not (legally) user-replaceable, but is considered “servicing the suppressor,” in the same way that replacing the wipes is in a conventional model, and requires returning the Econo-Can to Cadiz.