Arizona governor wants more than just confiscation, he also wants forced mental evaluations . . .
Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his push for a law to let judges take guns from some people considered “dangerous” even though it was that provision that killed pretty much his entire school safety plan earlier this year.
“I think the STOP plan — the Severe Threat Order of Protection — is the crown jewel of our safe schools plan,” the governor said Wednesday when questioned by Capitol Media Services. It would set up a procedure to allow not just police but family members and others to seek a court order to have law enforcement take an individual’s weapons while he or she is locked up for up to 21 days for a mental evaluation.
“It’s the one tool that could have eliminated the mass shootings that have happened in other places in the country,” Ducey said.
Oops . . .
A man stopped at a Los Angeles International Airport checkpoint Friday, prompting a major police response, was carrying multiple World War II replica weapons in his truck, authorities said.
At about 8:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Airport Police Department announced that police activity had prompted traffic diversions at the airport.
A short time later, an LAX media relations spokesperson said authorities had stopped a man with what was believed to be a firearm at an airport checkpoint. …
Officials later determined the man to be a World War II enthusiast and discovered the items were actually inert replica items. One was apparently an old rifle replica.
Oh no. That would be terrible . . .
Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna recalls his law school professor, Frank Easterbrook, when considering the potential changes at the United States Supreme Court — changes which could not only shift the court more Conservative, but a rather particular brand of right wing.
“He wrote an opinion upholding the City of Highland Park’s ban on rapid firing semiautomatic rifles and large capacity magazines, writing that judges should be reluctant to second guess communities on how to protect the public safety,” McKenna told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross. “It’s judicial activism in his view, which Conservatives don’t like — to go in and second guess the policy determination of a legislative body. But on the other hand Judge Kavanaugh, and at least one Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, believe that the Second Amendment gets short shrift compared to other constitutionally enshrined rights …. so there is a split among Conservative judges and it will be interesting to see if that will be part of the conversation as Judge Brett Kavanaugh moves forward through his confirmation hearings.”
There is a range of cases that never opted to go all the way to the United States Supreme Court before because of the justices and the way they leaned politically. But President Trump has an opportunity to weight the court with even more Conservative judges and that may change things. Second Amendment cases are among the issues anticipated to be aimed at the court in the near future.
Tragic boating accidents, British edition . . .
Hobbyists have been urged to stop fishing with super-strength magnets after guns and grenades were plucked from the bottom of Britain’s canals.
But authorities are now cautioning against the activity after a number of dangerous objects were dredged up from Britain’s rivers and canals including several unexploded World War Two grenades and an Uzi submachine gun.
In June, Martin Andrews, 43, and his son Jack, 19, died while magnet fishing in a canal in Huddersfield. An inquest was opened and adjourned at Bradford Coroner’s Court.
It’s called security theater . . .
A man made it through Austin Bergstrom International Airport with a loaded gun after it was missed by a Transportation Security Administration security officer.
According to KVUE, police reports say that on June 16, a man from Georgetown, Texas, went through TSA Checkpoint 1 in the airport with no problems. After he went through the checkpoint, he told police he went to look for his headphones in his carry-on bag and noticed his gun, a Ruger LCP .380, was in one of the front pockets. It had six bullets in it.
The man alerted a Delta agent, who notified police. Austin Police Department officers ran a check on the man’s background and made sure the gun wasn’t stolen. The man’s bag was searched for other illegal items, KVUE reported.
The man emphasized that he was not aware the gun was in the bag, and he apologized to police multiple times.