Marines putting the Legged Squad Support System through its paces at Fort Devens, Massachusetts earlier this month. The system, or LS3, designed to reduce the load Marines carry in combat, can reach speeds of 6 mph and carry up to 400 pounds. I’m sure it’s ridiculously expensive, and it’s clearly got a ways to go, but you can’t just snap your fingers and be in the future. You’ve gotta get there somehow. . .
Police in Sanford, Florida have backed off a plan to ban the carry of personal weapons by members of the neighborhood watch. While the police chief refused to give any specific reasons for the reversal, it’s likely that someone pointed out to him that the explicit ban on carrying firearms would likely run the city afoul of state firearms law preemption. The carry of weapons will still be discouraged, but it won’t carry the implied “comply or don’t participate” message that it did before. (NB: We previously covered the ban here, but if you follow the link in that post to the Chicago Tribune, you’ll find that the original story there (“Florida city bans guns for neighborhood watch volunteers”), complete with the quote we used, has been memory-holed in favor of the updated “reversal” story. That’s one major drawback of internet journalism. Press a button, and the story (or mistake, or libel, or lie) never happened.)
Gonzaga University has said it will review its weapons policy following the recent incident at a university-owned off-campus apartment. Executive Vice President Earl Martin said Monday the university will try to turn the incident into a teachable moment by re-examining its no-weapons policy. “We will consider the scope of the policy, but always guided by what is in the best interest of student safety,” Martin said. He could not predict how long the process may take. I wouldn’t be holding my breath.
A man who’d just arrived on a flight into LAX on Friday is probably lucky to be alive today. According to airport police, the man either took out a gun or a gun carrying case around 9 p.m. Friday while in the baggage claim area. Witnesses called the authorities, and the bomb squad showed up and inspected his bag. The man had properly declared and checked the firearm prior to boarding his flight. He was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon. Given the recent incident at LAX, he’s lucky that’s where it ended.
Richard Ryan decides to find out how many XBoxes a .50 BMG will go through. Answer: Fewer than I thought.