We’ll start with a story to watch out of Nebraska, that of a 20-year-old University of Nebraska Omaha student who was arrested early Saturday morning on felony charge of having weapons on school property. Campus security called police around 2 a.m. to report that a student had weapons in his dorm room. According to KETV.com, police “confiscated several magazines, ammunition and three rifles.” While that is clearly a violation of both school policy and the law, what makes this a story to watch is how it is handled. He admitted the guns were his, and from all accounts he simply had nowhere else to store them. He was not planning an attack . . .
and I’ve seen multiple articles where in the comments he was described as a nice guy who simply did a stupid thing. One of the comments at the article linked above actually describes him as a “gun nut,” and it’s meant in a good way, like “car nut” or “computer nut.” Whether you’re watching from “the law should always be evenly applied” side or the “a life shouldn’t be ruined over a stupid mistake” side, I’ll try to keep you apprised of the outcome of this one.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ is the story I had the most fun writing tonight. It comes from Madison County, Iowa, famous for their covered bridges. Someone even made a movie about them. I didn’t see it, but apparently it did pretty well. Doesn’t seem like a movie about bridges would be terribly interesting. Well, Bridge on the River Kwai, but that’s a whole ‘nother thing. (That movie is on my “25 movies every guy should see” list, btw.) Anyway, Cory Daugherty was inside the courthouse in Winterset, Iowa (birthplace of John Wayne, pilgrim) and had just received a 10 year prison sentence for meth possession with intent. After the sentencing, he had what was described as a “heated discussion” with his attorney before pulling out a handgun, in the courtroom mind you, and running out of said courtroom. A deputy tried to Taser [Tase?] him, but was unsuccessful. He led police on a two-block foot chase before being cornered at gunpoint by Sheriff Craig Busch, to whom he surrendered. Not one but two guns were discovered in a dumpster in the alley down which Daugherty had been running. Anyway, back to the lockdown. According to the article at kcci.com, Winterset Community Schools instituted a lockdown after hearing about the incident. The article goes on to say “the situation ended about 10 minutes after the lockdown started.” Makes you (okay, me) wonder why they bothered.
Travis Haley on the Tactical Reload. He also touches briefly on the Combat Reload and then spends some time on the Search & Assess, and why many people who do it just because they see guys like him do it are doing it wrong, or at least for the wrong reasons. Hint: It’s not just about looking around. Some good stuff in this video, I think, and worth a few minutes of your time. [h/t ENDO]
Several firearms were discovered and seized by the Opelousas (LA) Police Department after a tip from an elementary school student during a gun safety class. The OPD was holding the instruction in the wake of the shooting death of a five-year-old boy in his own front yard by an alleged teenaged shooter. Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow began the safety initiative to better inform school kids about the dangers of guns being handled by those who are untrained. During the class, a student told police about the guns under an abandoned house, and police found “an SKS assault rifle 7.62 X 39, a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, along with a 38 cal. revolver.” The case, and the ownership of the weapons, remains under investigation.
Alabama will have a tax-free weekend the first weekend in September, thanks to a bill that’s headed to the governor’s desk for a signature. The “Second Amendment Weekend Holiday” bill will exempt guns, ammunition and “hunting supplies” from normal sales tax beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in September and extending through midnight the following Sunday. A more expansive House bill would also have exempted boats, trailers, and ATVs, but those items didn’t make it into the Senate bill that finally passed. Still, it’ll save our Alabama brethren a few bucks, and maybe help them get a few bucks, too.
MattV2099 has been doing a series called Red Hot Muzzle Brake (a tribute to another YouTuber’s Red Hot Nickel Ball videos), where he drops a Red Hot Muzzle Brake onto various items to see what happens. This series doesn’t really blow my skirt up, so I’ve been avoiding them, but this one’s pretty alright. He drops his RHMB onto a half dozen or so .22LR rounds.