Open carriers (and open carry activists) don’t always have negative interactions with law enforcement, even though those are the videos that make the headlines. Sometimes the encounters are very positive. There seems to be a trend recently to publicize the good ones as well, sort of pour encourager les autres but in a good way. For some of the more obnoxious LEOs, seeing someone else do it right will have no more effect than meeting a member of the Citizen Disarmament Movement with logic and facts, but maybe it’ll help those that just don’t realize they could be doing it better. The video above shows a good example from outside Detroit, MI and click here for one from Waco, TX. . .
Dish alert: there’s an as-yet unconfirmed rumor, related to us by a person in the industry who’s in a position to know, that Colt firearms has just purchased LWRC International, a well-known maker of quality rifles including the 7.62mm R.E.P.R. No further details are available at this time. Watch this space.
You can’t make this stuff up. Remember the vivid images from Watertown, MA of heavily armed LEOs swarming the streets and forcing people from their homes during the lockdown following the Boston bombing? Well, the Watertown Police Foundation would like your images of that day for their 2014 calendar, which is being created “to salute the valor of the Watertown Police in dealing with those events.” Presumably they’re looking for images more positive than the ones that spring immediately to my mind. Money from calendar sales will go to the Foundation, which among other things, supports the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. I suppose that’s better than more guns with giggle switches. [h/t: Steve S.]
Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™) has designed the lightest butt stock of its kind ever produced. At only 5.8 ounces, they’ve dubbed the new patent pending add-on the Battlelink™ Minimalist Stock. Based on input from [unspecified] operators around the world, the slide-on replacement has an angled non-slip rubberized buttpad and is available here.
Emboldened by the recent recall victory, Colorado House and Senate Republicans are aiming to present legislation in the 2014 session that will alter or outright repeal the Centennial state’s recently-passed gun control legislation. It will likely be an uphill battle, though, as Dems still control both the House and the Senate, and the bills may not even make it out of committee. Still, supporters remain hopeful. The action will also have the secondary benefit of keeping the topic front and center in the run-up to the 2014 elections. Sen. Andy Kerr, a Democrat from a swing district who’s up for reelection in 2014 and who voted for the gun control measures said, “I’ve talked to constituents who love my votes on guns and who hate them. At this point, I don’t see any reason to change my stance.” Make your voices heard. He’s not going to change his mind if his constituents remain silent.
And finally, a shotgun that a man had stashed in some bushes near the Pittsburg, CA courthouse went off as he retrieved it last Friday morning. The mistakenly launched load struck a window of the building. The shot hit the window of the jury assembly room, cracking it, but didn’t penetrate into the interior of the building. No one was injured at the courthouse, which was sparsely populated when the smoothbore went boom at 7:40 a.m. Surveillance footage showed the man retrieving the shotgun from the bushes before running to a nearby SUV and driving away. Police were still looking for him Friday afternoon.