Exceedingly cautious . . . Why some future gun owners might be opening an empty box this Christmas – “There is a section of the 4473 form, the document submitted to perform the NICS background check, that notifies a dealer that the firearm intended for purchase is a gift for someone else. But business owners like (Ed) Soto have policies to avoid firearms falling into the wrong hands, and suggest customers either buy a gift card or wrap the empty box and retrieve the firearm later. ‘Once you’ve told me that this is for a brother or spouse or somebody else, I consider it a straw purchase and the best thing to do, and what we do is we sell you the weapon (and) we’ll give you the box for the weapon that doesn’t have the weapon in it,’ he said. ‘You wrap it as a Christmas gift with the receipt, that person opens up their box, they now how have a revolver waiting at Palmetto Indoor Range, they’ll come down here and that person will fill out the paperwork. This way under no circumstances is it a straw purchase, and it is going directly to the person that you intended to have it legally.'”
No charges for Uber driver who fatally shot assailant – “An Uber driver will not be charged after he shot and killed a would-be robber while headed to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with a customer in the car, Aventura police announced Monday. Namique Anderson, 29, of Miramar, was confronted by a man with two handguns after picking up a passenger in Aventura just before 6 a.m. Sunday. He could lose his job for violating Uber’s no-weapons policy by carrying a gun.” And probably will.
Pro tip: Pretty pink pistols just as deadly, warn police – “A 23-year-old West Roxbury gangbanger was allegedly packing a pink-handled pistol during a violent struggle with Hub police Monday — the third time in recent months that a blush-colored firearm was taken off a suspect accused of a violent crime, police say. And though some may say a pretty pink pistol isn’t as menacing as the silver or black models, cops stress the pastel handguns are no less lethal.” Good to know the BPD is on the job.
There’s still time . . . The Fondoodler Cheese Gun is the Gift You Need This Year – “The Fondoodler sounds like a sex toy for circus clowns, and it promises some carnal pleasure and a few laughs. It also promises warm, gooey cheese. After five minutes alone with the Fondoodler, a handheld machine that is able to melt cheese at the touch of a button, I knew I’d found my kitchen gadget of the year. Its inventors, Lucas Lappe and Avi Bajpai, came up with the idea after they used a hot glue gun and wisely wondered, Why doesn’t this exist for cheese?”
I wonder how many they mean by “some” children . . . New York Children Participate in Toy Gun Exchange – “Some New York children have traded in toy guns for other gifts as part of a Manhattan philanthropist’s second annual toy gun exchange program. More than 100 youths gathered Wednesday at Brierley Park in Hempstead on Long Island to participate in the exchange, started by Jean Shafiroff (above) to discourage children from playing with toy guns that appear real.”
Tough guy who suffered temporary PTSD firing a gun not too bothered by assassination of ‘Putin’s lackey’ – “Thoughts and prayers were not forthcoming from New York Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman (for the murdered Russian ambassador). That’s pretty hard-hearted, especially considering Kuntzman was one of about 50,000 reporters who got his hands on an evil AR-15 rifle after the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub, but the only one we know of who claimed to have suffered “temporary PTSD” from firing one at a gun range. But if the only thing standing between an ambassador and a lectern is a jihadi with a gun …”
Rusk Co. homeowner shoots and kills suspected burglar – “A suspected burglar is dead after a homeowner was forced to shoot the man as he attempted to enter a home Saturday night. According to a press release, Rusk County deputies responded to a shooting around midnighton Dec. 17 to a home on County Road 102 West Henderson. It was reported that a white male had entered the home without the consent of the owner. During the incident, the intruder failed to stop when advised to by the 51-year-old homeowner.” Another holiday season saved by a successful defensive gun use.