A few days ago we brought you the story of an “assault rifle” that was found on the street by a resident of Redondo Beach, CA. Part of that story was that the rifle was contained in what looked like the “carrying case for a musical instrument” and that the Redondo Beach PD cleared a block of residences around it before sending in the bomb squad. Readers here commented derisively on both of those points. Now the person who found it has provided photos (one of which is above) to the local paper, and the story becomes clearer. While people can be stupid, scared critters about guns, and while the police can and do often overreact to minor situations. . .
neither of those appear to be true in this case. Having been a band geek (well, orchestra) in middle and high school, I can tell you that’s definitely a converted musical instrument case. So mystery #1 solved. But what about the bomb squad? Well, apparently the case was “ticking,” a sound which was found to be coming from a recordable greeting card inside the case. More photos over at redondobeach.patch.com or by clicking the photo above.
No Lockdown of the Day™ today, whee! Don’t take this as a sign of sanity. I’m sure it happened, it just didn’t cross my desk.
Oregon state senators will bring a bill requiring background checks on private sales to the floor in February’s legislative session, a bill that is very similar to one that didn’t make it out of committee last year. Despite the confidence in its passage expressed by supporters, the advancement of the bill is likely more for political capital in the upcoming election than in the hopes it will pass. Senators Bruce Starr and Betsy Close are both Republicans in districts where Democrats have a voter registration majority, and their “no” votes against this bill will certainly be used against them in November.
In the land of the disarmed, the man with one bullet is… at least a prince. The ownership of firearms is severely restricted in the Bahamas, but that doesn’t stop criminals there from having them. However, the lack of supply (and being an island nation) shows, such as in the case of a man stopped while driving on Grand Bahama who was found to have in his waistband a GLOCK-brand GLOCK .40 with a magazine containing one (1) live round of .40 caliber ammunition. Just like the gun that you carry is better than the gun you leave at home, I suppose one bullet is better than none.
The subject of “theme park carry” regularly comes up in the AR15.com Florida Hometown Forum, and as you’d expect, there are people who come firmly (and loudly) down on both sides of the issue. Things are a little different elsewhere (I guess this is another “Be glad you live in the U.S.” item), as a woman was arrested at Hong Kong Disnleyland Monday for carrying a stun gun and pepper spray in her bag. The items were discovered when a park inspector looked in her bag at the entrance, and the 25-year-old woman was arrested for alleged possession of firearms or ammunition without a license. She is liable for up to 14 years’ imprisonment and fines of up to HK$100,000 (about $13,000 US).
I don’t always really “get” The Yankee Marshall’s humor, but when he does informative posts, they’re usually pretty good. In this one, he does a quick comparison of the Springfield Armory XDs in both .45 and 9mm. He doesn’t tell you which one is “better,” he just tells you how they’re different. It’s interesting to me how you can see the difference in the recoil.
Maybe seeing the difference is in my imagination. I should Pepsi challenge it.