In the wake of the accidental shooting of a 9-year-old by his 14-year-old brother last Friday, Boston is planning to start a gun buy-up program. [ChiTrib scrubbed original story, so that’s a cached copy. The internet never forgets.] The new initiative was announced Saturday by Mayor Marty Walsh (above), who took office last month, and joined MAIG last week. “It’s a short-term solution. We need help from the community, we need help from these people to let us know where these guns are, who has these guns, so we can get them off the street,” said Walsh. “We also know that buy-ups . . .
let us look like we’re doing something productive, and are great press.” OK, he didn’t say that last part, but despite all the fanfare, critics say that buy-ups have no discernible impact on crime rates. Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the buy-up will only be a part of the overall gun strategy. Other facets include an anonymous tip line for people to report guns (See Something, Say Something), and plans for installing kiosks at police stations, where residents can drop off weapons, no questions asked. I am not making that up.
Surprising no one, a pair of Republican backed bills to repeal the high-capacity magazine sales ban in Colorado failed last week. Democrats control both chambers of the Colorado legislature meaning they also hold majorities on all the committees. The House bill was rejected by committee Monday on a 7-4 party-line vote. The Senate bill, which had identical language to the House bill, was “postponed indefinitely” on Wednesday, also in a 3-2 party-line vote. As noted, this came as no surprise, but the gun rights side sees it as a necessary step, and valuable ammunition for use in the upcoming election cycle.
A domestic violence-related gun control bill passed out of the Washington state House this week. HB 1840 would require some gun owners with a restraining or protective order against them to temporarily surrender their firearms while the order is in effect. This bill died in the state Senate last year, but the revised version passed the House 97-0 this week after compromise language was added that adds more judicial oversight. The new language prevents the surrender of guns unless the order is accompanied by an additional finding that the subject constitutes a “credible threat.” Unlike last year, the new version with the new language is supported by the NRA as a way to protect domestic violence victims.
A 46-year-old Hanover, Maryland man is in hot water after threatening a 21-year-old woman and her dog with a handgun Saturday night. The woman was walking her dog and came across the man, who was also walking his dog. As she approached, she saw him pointing the gun at her dog and in her general direction. They exchanged brief words and left the area. Police later located a man matching the victim’s description, and he was found to have a loaded, unfired Ruger .22 caliber handgun and a set of nunchucks. Police said he faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and “several handgun charges.”
An off-duty Miami-Dade corrections officer experienced a negligent discharge outside a Fort Lauderdale restaurant Saturday night. He was reaching into his pocket for a valet ticket when he “accidentally triggered his concealed handgun,” firing a round into the ground and spattering a half-dozen nearby people with shrapnel. To his credit, he immediately called his supervisor and stayed on scene at the restaurant where he was interviewed by Miami-Dade internal affairs. Police deemed the incident accidental.
Here’s Eric from Moss Pawn & Gun with a video comparing the IWI Tavor TAR-21 with an AR-15. Most of you are probably at least passingly familiar with the Tavor, and this puts it side-by-side with the intimately familiar AR platform to give a better frame of reference.