An 8-year-old child was found to have a loaded 9mm magazine (not shown) at school earlier this week. The magazine was discovered when it fell out of his coat pocket during recess. The kid didn’t have a gun, just the magazine, and no one was hurt. But here’s where it gets weird. Somehow detectives obtained a search warrant for the child’s home, where they found “more ammunition as well as drug paraphernalia.” No arrests have been made and the investigation continues, but I’m really unclear how they managed to justify a search warrant of the home. . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Canandaigua, New York. The local middle and high schools went on lockdown this morning after a call came in to 911 about 8 a.m. reporting a man with a shotgun near the school. Police notified the school and administrators enacted the lockdown, during which all outside access doors were locked and a person was assigned to each, while students and teachers continued their normal activities. Also, of course, a robo-call went out to every parent in the district. Within about an hour, police determined it was a false alarm and activities at the school returned to normal. Police Chief Jon Welch said a “reliable source” told police the man had a black umbrella in his hand, which the caller may have mistaken as a shotgun. According to Welch, police do know who the man is, and he walks the same route through town each day. But hey, the lockdown was only done as a precaution, so no harm, no foul. [h/t MC]
A student in Moore County, North Carolina was arrested on Tuesday after a gun was confiscated from his car on the campus of Pinecrest High School. According to a school spokesman, information was provided to school resource officers at the school, and they discovered the gun in the trunk. The gun was never removed from the vehicle prior to its discovery by police, and was a “sawed off shotgun.” The 18-year-old student was charged with having a gun on educational property and possessing a weapon of mass destruction. [What?] Officers continued to investigate while the teen was held at the Moore County jail under a $10,000 bond.
Some folks in Colorado are having trouble getting their firearms back from police, due to the new universal background check laws passed last year. The article over at the Reporter-Herald highlights the case of Sara Warren, whose personal handgun was turned over to Fort Collins Police when she was transported by ambulance to the local hospital. The problem is that the police were advised by the city attorney that in order to remain in compliance with the background check laws that went into effect on July 1st of last year, they should not return firearms without an FFL check, and the police department doesn’t have an FFL person in their office. So, Ms. Warren waits, and there are quite a few others like her. There are some law enforcement officers, though, who are treating the situation properly. Sheriff Justin Smith cited this as an example of the kind of things that he and other sheriffs predicted would be a problem, back when they were opposing passage of the law. He went on to say, “I’ll risk being in noncompliance with the law before I’m keeping somebody’s property we have no right to keep.”
This week, Hickok45 does a long-form review and shooting demonstration of the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380, which I’m not too fond of but seems quite popular with a bunch of other folks.
I may have to add one to the collection eventually, because even though I don’t enjoy shooting it, well… gotta catch ’em all, right?