When you’re headed to get on a plane, having a gun in your carry-on is never a good idea. But exactly how bad an idea it is can really depend on where you do it. The Orlando Sentinel reviewed arrest policies and 2013 arrest records for 15 airports, and found that if you’re caught with a gun in Orlando, Dallas, Chicago, or Atlanta, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be arrested. However, if it’s in Jacksonville, Phoenix, or Denver, it’s equally likely that you’ll walk free. The difference in outcomes is because arrest and prosecution is up to the local law enforcement agencies or state’s attorneys. At Orlando International, 42 of 47 gun-toters were arrested, while at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, only 9 of 45 were. In another contrast to OIA’s policies . . .
at Orlando Sanford airport earlier this year a man found to be carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver wasn’t arrested, and didn’t even forfeit his gun. The airport held onto his gun and returned it to him when he returned from Ohio. It is worth noting that even those who are not arrested can still face thousands of dollars in federal civil fines.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Clayton County, Georgia, and it’s a short one. Pointe South Elementary was locked down for about 20 minutes due to three students playing with what turned out to be toy guns. First Coast News notes that this is the fifth time in 11 days that a metro Atlanta school has been locked down due to weapons or toy guns, and tells us that Clayton County Schools Police Chief Clarence Cox sent each of the district’s 52,000 students and their parents a recorded phone message reminding them that no weapon of any kind is allowed on school grounds.
I appreciate what she’s doing here, but the delivery creeps me out a bit. Still, her heart’s in the right place, so if you think this would help convince someone you know… [h/t ENDO]
Also, don’t “give them this visual” (0:28), because if they know anything about guns, they’ll know that (1) the chamber is now open on that gun and (2) it’s not loaded.
From the BBC News Magazine: “Nicholas Johnson, a law professor at Fordham University in New York City, says black Americans have a long, positive history with guns. Firearms, he says, helped black Americans escape slavery, defend their homes and fight for their freedom. It was only after the civil rights movement that the public attitude towards guns started to change. He explores the hidden relationship between African Americans and firearms in his book Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms.” There’s a 2.5 minute video at the BBC link above, with the author describing the work in his own voice and words.
Three weeks ago, Burlington, Vermont voters passed three gun control measures: one banning guns in bars and restaurants, one giving police the ability to temporarily confiscate firearms from those involved in domestic disputes, and one requiring gun owners lock up their guns at home. Now the head of a nationwide sheriff’s organization is calling on the law enforcement leaders of Vermont to ignore the new laws. Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association, said “Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances,” drawing comparisons to the actions of officers in New York and Colorado. Even if they do agree to defy the new laws, it will largely be a symbolic gesture, as the new laws run counter to Vermont’s “Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights,” which prohibits cities and municipalities from passing and enforcing their own gun laws.
Will 18-20″ of solid ice stop a .50 BMG? The guys at Demolition Ranch set out to find out.
The tattoo left on the backside plastic from being smashed into the cinder block is pretty cool. Whoops, guess I gave away the answer.