U.S. Customs and Border Protection (when did they stop calling it Border “Patrol?”) arrested a man on Monday afternoon headed into Mexico with “17 high-powered rifle parts,” seven “high-capacity” magazines, and about 2400 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition was packed inside the battery case of a motorized wheelchair, while the gun parts and magazines were secreted throughout the vehicle. The 17 parts were 3 lowers, 5 uppers, 4 stocks, 3 pistol grips, and 2 forearms. The man was a 52-year-old Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., and was last heard telling police to “call Mr. Holder and he’ll clear this up.”
Your Lockdown of the Day™ isn’t actually a lockdown, and is brought to you from Wilson, New York. At Wilson Middle and High Schools, classes started two hours late last Friday due to a “gun threat.” The principal of the middle school received calls late Thursday night about a student who came to an after-school event with a gun in a backpack. Administrators contacted law enforcement and searched the middle/high school building, finding nothing. At 5 a.m., the student had not returned home, so they searched the school again, and decided to delay classes. Shortly thereafter, the student was found asleep at a home in town (not his), and his backpack was retrieved and searched by deputies while the kid slept. No firearm was found in the bag, but there was an “aerosol bottle that could make a clicking noise.” The student was not charged, but “the investigation will continue.”
An Indiana lawmaker is proposing a law that would let licensed gun owners store firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles. Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas said “I want to decriminalize self-defense.” Lucas is pitching House Bill 1048 as a convenience for parents and teachers, who might legally have guns in their cars but can’t park at school with them. Licensed owners have to be at least 18, which could include some students.
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In an effort to enforce the laws already on the books, Virginia State Police have been tracking gun show transactions since 2011, and the percentage of people arrested after being denied permission to buy a firearm at Virginia gun shows has been steadily on the rise. In 2011, 10.6 percent of the people who were denied permission to buy guns that year were charged with an offense related to being someone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. That increased to 12.4 percent in 2012 and to 27 percent last year. For purposes of comparison, last year there were 43,497 gun show transactions, of which 263 were declined. That means approximately 70 people were prosecuted last year for gun possession related offenses from this program.
The Georgia Governor’s Office announced Thursday that gun manufacturer Daniel Defense will expand their plant in Black Creek, Bryant County, and add 120 new jobs. The expansion is expected to cost DD about $20 million. They say their goal is to employ 284 Georgians by 2018.
Not a gun to be seen in this video, but it’s pretty awesome just the same. It’s from a couple years ago in Afghanistan, and it’s U.S. Marines using an Assault Breacher Vehicle to clear mines with rocket-propelled line charges. As Leeloo would say, “Big Bada Boom.”