Today’s post is going to run a little long, but it’s Friday night, and in my defense, there’s really a lot of stupid out there. Leading off, yesterday’s Digest highlighted a story of a man arrested for disturbing the peace after he carried an AR-15 slung muzzle-down through the Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, Texas to his store, located inside. Today it was reported that the mall has officially posted signs prohibiting firearms at entrances, presumably the 30.06 signs that carry the weight of law in Texas. A rep from the mall’s owners wanted to make clear that the policy isn’t new, just the signs. “Parkdale Mall has never allowed the carrying of weapons of any kind except those carried by certified law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.” Conduct yourselves accordingly.
The school board member in Brookfield, CT, near Newtown, who posted on Facebook that he would observe the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting by distributing ammunition to his friends resigned Tuesday after only two months in office, after a large outcry and numerous demands that he step down. He still faces ethics complaints that he posted the comment to Facebook while at work as a town emergency services dispatcher.
Registration may not lead to confiscation, but it can lead to jail time. It seems that early in 2013, a man in Bristol, Connecticut traded a .22 caliber gun to another man in exchange for a quarter ounce of marijuana. In August, the dealer’s house was searched on a warrant, and the gun was discovered. The dealer told police he’d gotten the gun in the trade, police traced the gun back to the previous owner, and arrested him for the illegal transfer of firearms (punishable by up to five years), because he didn’t fill out the proper paperwork for the transfer and submit it to the state. And Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion.
Today’s Lockdown of the Day™ is brought to you from Corning, New York, where three schools went on lockdown, two more were kept inside for recess, and a high school suspended open campus privileges on Thursday. A Corning man was shooting at squirrels in his neighborhood with a .22 caliber rifle, prompting calls to 911 about “multiple shots” and a “man carrying a rifle.” Unfortunately for him, his home was about a half-block from an elementary school. Police arrived but were unable to locate him, but thanks to a neighborhood canvas, they discovered his identity and arrested him at work later that day. He’s charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a class-D felony.
Wondering about ammunition shortages? This comment was recently added to a post from back around Thanksgiving, and I think it explains the situation pretty well.
Homeland security is buying it up and destroying it is the word I got from the last gun show. Why you ask, they lost on gun control so destroy ammo thus destroying the interest in shooting. … Give it some thought because the info came from a sheriff who seen the paperwork for the destruction of said ammo.
No. Just no.
We’ve talked about bayonets on shotguns in the past, but this takes it to a whole new level. I got it from ENDO, and Tam, and an email from Have Blue in quick succession, and as far as commentary, I can’t do it better than Tam, so here she is: “If you can’t spot several big problems with the very concept, I want you to go stand in a corner and feel bad about yourself while the rest of us talk about you behind your back.” (Both ENDO and Tam’s View From The Porch are great blogs to keep on your list, by the way, if you’ve got any hours left in your day.)
This guy will be at SHOT, by the way, booth #32411, and someone from TTAG had really better stop by and give this guy some publicity. Please. With photos.
From Caleb over at Gun Nuts comes this gem: Every Gun Video Ever
And finally, this Carnik Con video fits in quite well with the derptastic theme of today’s post. So much good advice in this one. Probably the most important: Always have a throw-down.
That sweater is OAF, but I totally want a tshirt that says “FBI Counterterrorism Supply.”