A half dozen Civil War-era firearms will be up for auction this Friday in Carmel, Indiana, including a Morse carbine, a rare firearm that never made it into mass production. The .50-caliber breechloader was one of the most technologically advanced weapons of the Confederacy, but had one major flaw. The gun’s hammer, used to cock the weapon, also served as a catch to keep the trapdoor closed over the ammo chamber. But when the hammer was cocked, the trapdoor cover could pop open if the gun wasn’t held level. Tilt it 45 degrees or more, and the shell would fall right out. Also up for auction are percussion muskets from 1855 and 1861, and a flintlock musket from 1816. More photos are over at usatoday.com. Read on . . .
The Fergus Falls Journal reports that gun carry permits in the adorably named Otter Tail County, Minnesota, more than doubled from 2012 to 2013, according to the annual report released last week by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A total of 963 permits were issued in Otter Tail County in 2013, compared with 418 the previous year. Ten years ago, in 2003, the number was only 294. Statewide, Minnesotans received 60,471 permits in 2013, nearly double the 31,657 issued in 2012. There are 165,295 valid gun carry permits in Minnesota as of February 28th. Permit-holders committed 1,023 crimes in 2013, significantly higher than in prior years, but more than half of those were DWIs or other traffic offenses. There’s no listed information about how many of the crimes were gun-related. Just another example of how the civilian disarmament movement propaganda that gun ownership is falling is just more lies and deceit from people that don’t seem to know how to do anything else.
The next time someone attempts to tout universal background checks to you as the cure to all the ills of the gun world, ask them what difference that would make in cases like this. Police have identified the suspect in the theft of a 9mm handgun from Dunham’s Sporting Goods in Chesterfield, Michigan on February 21st. Kevin Todd Gilbert is wanted on charges of larceny of a firearm, first-degree retail fraud and a felony firearm offense. He was seen on store surveillance video reaching into the back of the display case and removing a handgun while employees were busy elsewhere. He then placed the gun in the front of his jacket and left the store. If only he had bothered to fill out that 4473, they could have stopped him from stealing that gun, y’know?
Indiana appears to be about to pass a law that will allow guns on school campuses if they’re securely locked in a vehicle trunk. The rule was added as an amendment to a bill under consideration regarding police gun buyback programs. The school campus proposal was heard during three separate committee hearings at which the public could and did speak. Shannon Watts was there at the final one, speaking on behalf of MDAGSACSI:NYFBIBBQBRB, or whatever they’re calling themselves this week. According to wibc.com, supporters of the bill characterized it as a “common-sense assertion of Second Amendment rights.” Way to use their language against them.
A bill that would allow military veterans and former LEOs to carry guns in Florida classrooms advanced out of a Senate committee on Monday. Those individuals would still have to undergo additional training and receive authorization from school leaders. The bill still has a ways to go, needing to pass three more committees before it makes it to a floor vote. The bill would require 40 hours of school safety training, eight hours per year of active shooter training and four hours per year of firearm proficiency training. The legislation was heard in its first House committee today. Even if the bill does eventually pass both houses and is signed into law, there may not be any visible changes, as the final say will still lie within the school districts, and many superintendents are not interested in anyone other than uniformed law enforcement carrying guns in their schools.
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