A shipyard worker at Newport News Shipbuilding found an unattended firearm onboard the USS Enterprise last week. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is in the yard undergoing decommissioning. The owner of the gun, a crew member on the Enterprise, was found, and after NCIS determined charges were not warranted, the matter was turned over to Enterprise command staff for possible disciplinary action. In the wake of the recent shooting at Naval Station Norfolk and the Washington Navy Yard incident in September of last year, this most recent discovery caused some concern. Navy spokesman Mike Maus said no weapons are permitted at the shipyard . . .
and “we take this matter very, very seriously.” Neither the Navy nor the shipyard would identify the sailor by name or rank. The president of the shipyard, Matt Mulherin, told his 23,700 employees in a letter Friday that this was an “isolated incident” and “we are taking this matter very seriously.” Three “verys” in two comments. That’s a lot of serious.
Once again, a reminder to check your bags for firearm paraphernalia when you go on a trip. A 27-year-old Wyoming man in the Cayman Islands for his honeymoon was arrested Saturday after officials found ammunition during a search of his luggage. He said he had simply forgotten about the ammo, and was granted bail, and according to the government information service, will probably be charged. I find the “just forgot” excuse pretty amazing, because this wasn’t just a forgotten round of .22 that had gotten caught in a seam, it was 50 rounds of 9mm. That’s a couple pounds in a very dense package, and seems to me it’d be pretty hard to miss.
An editorial at the Kansas City Star decries the recent decision by state lawmakers to allow the carry of concealed weapons into the state Capitol beginning July 1. The author is aghast at the idea that this should be allowed, asking “Why would someone need to be defending themselves in the Capitol?” The nonsense continues with the statement that “In reality, this is just another absurd expansion of the Second Amendment.” Take a moment to think about that. “Shall not be infringed” is a pretty broad statement to begin with, and the only reason it would need to be expanded is if it had already been encroached upon.
The North Little Rock, Arkansas city planning commission last Wednesday approved Precision Ammunition Components, LLC’s plans to build a factory in town, but now the company is facing some FUD pushback from residents and business near the proposed site. The ringleader of the signature-gathering opposition and local business owner, Michael Carpenter, said, “With an ammunition factory where ammunition is being made and produced and fired, I mean I wouldn’t want to bring my family down here.” While some argue that the company will bring in jobs, others say it’s not enough to justify the risk. “Everyone wants a job and everyone wants people in Argenta, but I don’t think we want bullets and bombs,” says Charlie Hart, resident. “It’s not like they’re going to be employing 50-100 people. I mean it’s 4-5 people,” Carpenter added. The rabble-rousers are expected to present a petition “with at least 100 signatures” to the full city council, who will vote on the matter Monday night.
The Chiappa Rhino is a pretty polarizing gun; certainly one of the most “distinctive” in appearance that I’m aware of. The Yankee Marshall recently made a couple videos detailing its design, function, and internals.