Daily Digest: Running Scared Edition

Weapons seizure Kanagawa Japan courtesy japandaily.com

Despite the fact that Japan is basically a completely disarmed country, Japanese police seized a bunch of guns and ammunition from a house in Kanagawa Prefecture that they’d received a tip was a yakuza stash house. They found 18 handguns including S&W revolvers and Colt automatic pistols, a “military rifle” and 670 rounds of ammunition. No arrests have been made in connection with the seizure. Read on. . .

Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Bolingbrook, IL, where Bolingbrook High School was placed on a short lockdown after a freshman put a BB gun in the face of his math teacher. He had been asking the teacher for a grade change when he pointed the gun at the teacher point blank. According to the principal, the gun appeared to be a real firearm and the student believed it fired bullets, not BBs. “The student did believe it was real,” he said. The student fled the classroom and was found by school officials hiding in a bathroom with the gun to his neck. The principal talked the kid down, he put the gun down, and was apprehended. The whole incident, including the lockdown, took about six minutes.

Back on the 24th I told you about an Indiana lawmaker proposing a bill, HB 1048, that would allow gun owners to store guns in their vehicles on school campuses. That bill had a vote pending last week, but then it was held over by the Public Policy Committee because of the Purdue University shooting. Tuesday was the last day to move a bill to the full House, and 1048 did not get scheduled, because Rep. Tom Dermody, chair of the Public Policy Committee had second thoughts and decided not to move it forward. Instead, lawmakers attempted to attach an amendment that would have the same effect as 1048 to HB 1005, an unrelated greenhouse gas-related bill. The bill passed out of committee, but was stopped by the House Speaker and the Rules Committee, who stripped the gun amendment from 1005 so that bill could move forward. “I support the language 100 percent in another context,” said Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, chairman of the Rules Committee. The point of all this that everyone involved in the non-passage of this good law is a Republican.

A retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent’s badge and gun were taken from his vehicle as it was parked outside a bar in Lakeland, Florida on Sunday. A rear window was smashed, and the former agent’s badge and GLOCK-brand GLOCK 9mm were taken, along with a briefcase, cash, personal checks, and a driver’s license. Florida law prohibits him from keeping the gun on him while he was in the bar, unless he was on duty.

Two teens in Fitchburg, MA were arrested on drug and gun charges Tuesday morning in a raid carried out by local and state police and federal officials. Fitchburg and state police and members of the BATFE were involved in the raid, which ended with two 19-year-old men arrested. One was charged with possession with intent and unlawful possession of ammunition without a FID card, and the other was also charged with unlawful possession of ammunition without an FID card. The punch line is this: the laws in Massachusetts are working. How can you tell? The second teen, the one only charged with the FID violation, has seven other pending firearm-related charges and this incident violated his pretrial release. So clearly, the laws are having their desired deterrent effect. Right?

Hickok45 has a followup on his two Springfield Armory XDs pistols, post-recall.



  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Should have called this the “Dammit I pushed the button without giving it a title” Edition.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I thought you were mentioning me by nickname.
      My dad would say things like, “dammit, get over here”
      “Knock it off, dammit”
      “Turn that music down, dammit”
      “Let the dog out, dammit”

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I thought I was the son of god til I was 10-12. All I heard was Jesus Christ this and Jesus Christ that.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          We are related!

        2. avatar jwm says:

          According to the bible we’re all brothers.

        3. avatar Dennis says:

          Brothers of the Gun.

        4. avatar tmm says:

          Nice, you win a Jello pudding pop.

        5. avatar Jim R says:

          Dad: “Get over here RIGHT NOW, you son of a bitch!
          Me: That’s not a very nice thing to say about Mom.
          Dad: *WHACK!*
          Yeah, it happened. I wasn’t a very smart kid.

      2. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

        Throw in “Dammit, I will PULL this car over RIGHT here!” and I’m convinced we’re at least cousins.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          My old man didn’t pull the car over. He could drive with his knees and administer a slap. And we had a station wagon. Man had long, flexible arms. Must be part Orangautan.

  2. avatar Bill says:

    Is that rifle missing its charging handle and bolt carrier group? Looks like a Surefire 60 round mag too

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      Nope. Definitely a G.I.-type mag.

    2. avatar JSF01 says:

      That’s what I thought at first but its the upper an lower not connected and the 30 rnd mag just underneath instead of inserted.

  3. avatar ST says:

    I’ve noticed in anti-gun jurisdictions like Japan, England, Chicago pre-Heller, and others that connected bad guys still manage to have firearms.

    It’s almost like high level crooked government reps and high level gangs are working together to mutually pillage the common, law abiding man.
    Ach, what am I saying.That’s pure crazy talk……….

    1. avatar Akira says:

      That’s crazy talk, all right! The government would never do us dirty like that. They just have the safety of the children in mind. What, do you not care about the children?

      HEY EVERYBODY, this guy doesn’t care about the children!!

      /progressive brainwashing

  4. avatar jwm says:

    That looks like a 1903 Colt. No doubt smelter bound. 670 rounds of ammo. The Japanese government would soil themselves if they looked in my bins.

    1. avatar the ruester says:

      Sadly, all of these firearms in the picture are what the japanese consider “the good stuff.”

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      It is somewhat disorienting to reflect that a “Yakuza Stash House” is less well equipped than, put discreetly, many an ordinary US sport shooter’s safe. The Yakuza, though, are just the Japanese upper class’ way of keeping the peasants in line. They are registered (yep, they have to register) hoodlums. Bizarre, really.

      The reason for such a paltry stash is clear: As Japan is thoroughly disarmed, the Yakuza just beat their victims to a pulp without fear of a gun defense, or slice them up, as hoods did in the Chicago projects sixty years ago. Guns are loud and you have to keep buying ammunition.

      1. avatar 16V says:

        As I understand it from some gaijin friends who live there and some sketchy ex-pats I knew back in my SF days, the Yakuza are all armed like a Compton gang banger.

        Here’s the real politik angle, they almost never use them. Like many a criminal enterprise in any developed country there is an “understanding” about how the game is to be played. As in Italy, the criminal element is an integral part of the society, it exists because it must, and as long as it “behaves” within certain proscribed limits it gets (mostly) left alone. Save for the occasional sacrifice.

        Net, net, the cops know exactly who the Yakuza are – they bribe them as a matter of course and are “protected”. To a point. But, should somebody start shooting, the Japanese police will get Medieval on their buttocks and act on all the info they already have.

        I’ll do a little digging, Dollars to Yen this was a police retaliation for somebody stepping over the line.

        1. avatar the ruester says:

          Sounds alot like every every episode of Law & Order I’ve ever seen.

        2. avatar ropingdown says:

          Sounds right to me: The guns are just for serious gang v gang problems.

    3. avatar G says:

      The cynic in me thinks the yak informer was probably from a rival gang… They probably “let” the cops raid this house for this stash.

      Plenty of guns get smuggled into Japan, but they’re rarely used in crime… And when they are, the gangsters there have the courtesy to shoot other gang members rather than civilians.

    4. avatar Chuck says:

      670 rounds of ammunition isn’t even hardly a good range day…

  5. avatar Ben says:

    Ever wonder how much lead is buried under that hill of Hickok’s?

  6. avatar Mark N. says:

    Why on earth was the ATF involved in the raid on these two gangbanger felons? I don’t see that ANY federal firearms laws were violated, and the only possible federal law violation (charged as a state crime) was the heroin possession with intent to sell, which is outside the ATF’s jurisdiction.

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      If I had to guess, the guy with the seven pending charges was working as a confidential informant for the ATF.

    2. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      They want to get on the bandwagon and make themselves feel useful.

    3. avatar Guy says:

      One of the teens owned a cat, so their only real option for dealing with that threat with proven field experience was to bring in either the FBI or ATF.

      1. avatar 16V says:

        True, the average cop is only experienced at shooting dogs.

  7. avatar Marcus says:

    So, an entire school district is locked down for four hours after a toy gun is found in a kid’s backpack (I exaggerate for effect,) but an incident with a real gun (sort of) is brought to a close within six minutes? Wowser. Go Illinois, go.

  8. avatar Steve says:

    For the love of all things sweet, quit going GLOCK… it makes me yell in my head and it hurts.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      That’s the trademark name of the company. All uppercase.

      1. avatar Jon Hasky says:

        This is one of those times I wish TTAG had a “thumbs up” comment option.

    2. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      That’s called turrets syndrome (instead of tourettes).

    3. avatar jwm says:

      Ignore the yelling voice. Listen to the other voices. If you let the yelling voice have his/her way he/she will think they’re in charge.

  9. avatar C says:

    “The principle, upon realizing that it was a BB gun told the student to; ‘Go ahead, do it. No balls!’ The unidentified freshman was seen being loaded into a squad car with one hell of a welt.”

  10. avatar Paul W. says:

    670 rounds? AKA my closet?

    1. avatar DJ says:


      To put that in perspective – 210 rounds (7 magazines) is a basic load for an M16. Most guys carry more than that (due to the “if you can’t eat it, wear it, or shoot it, don’t bring it” mentality). So 670 rounds is kind of pathetic.

  11. avatar DJ says:

    Apparently, the Yakuza don’t train. My wife would blow through that in a couple of months.

    Also, how in the heck does a retired officer still have a badge? That belongs at the officers home, prominently displayed on his “I love me” wall, not in his car. Guess it was good for getting out of tickets, until it was stolen.

    As a proud owner of a Springfield-brand GLOCK 9mm, the rest looks fine. 😉

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Or maybe they do train and that’s why there’s so little!

      Nah, they don’t. Not easy to let off a few rounds without getting noticed.

  12. avatar Braenen says:

    I take more than that to the range when I go. These guys need some fringing mydol.

  13. avatar Jeff says:

    So did they change his grades?

  14. Wait? Nobody has said it yet? Let me go ahead and say it and get it out of the way:


    There, just because somebody had to.

  15. avatar Jim R says:

    Japan has a long history of disarming its subjects. The Japanese government, Imperial or otherwise, has rarely if ever allowed its subjects to carry weapons of any sort–blunt, bladed or projectile. Those weapons were reserved for military, law enforcement, and the well-connected (see: samurai) Peasants had to make do with whatever they could improvise–a water staff, gardening implements, or their bare hands.

  16. avatar Darren says:

    Fitchburg, Ma is the district of Judge “let em go” Greco.

  17. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Even with all of the gun bans, Japanese people love guns!

  18. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    ‘When all the guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns’

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