The owner of a gun store (not shown) in the Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, Texas was arrested last week on charges of disturbing the peace after he was seen walking through the mall toward his store, Golden Triangle Tactical, with an AR-15 slung barrel down over his shoulder. Open carry of long guns is legal in the state of Texas. Police stopped him on December 28th after receiving calls from shoppers who said they were “very afraid” and “terrified” at seeing the weapon. He was not arrested at that time, but the weapon was confiscated. A warrant for his arrest was issued later that week, and he turned himself in on the misdemeanor charge Friday morning. The gun will remain in police custody until the case is settled.
Fox News reports that gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV ads compared to just $1.9 million for gun rights groups, with most of the larger figure ($12 million) coming from Bloomberg and MAIG, and had this quote from Tim Graham of the Media Research Center: “The media assumed their ‘news’ blitz and an anti-gun ad blitz would carry the day. They couldn’t imagine grass-roots groups like the NRA would beat AstroTurf billionaires like Bloomberg. Money matters, but the gun controllers keep learning that the passion in ‘Flyover Country’ for the constitutional right to bear arms burns up the phone lines and melts down the e-mail servers.” Damn right.
With Democratic legislators in Colorado feeling burned by the reaction to their gun control legislation, civilian disarmament supporters are taking their efforts straight to the voters. A group of gun control supporters have received permission to start gathering signatures for a voter ballot measure to ban concealed weapons on public college campuses. Colorado is one of only two states (with Utah) that allow concealed weapons on public college campuses. Folks on both sides of the issue are confident that the voters will see things their way, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
A year after the passage of the NY SAFE Act, Division of Criminal Justice Services data showed 1,291 charges under the new gun law, of which 1,155 were for felony firearm possession, formerly just a misdemeanor. 1,041 of those cases were from New York City. Separate from those, 17,751 people were charged last year with misdemeanor weapon possession, with nearly 90% of that number coming out of New York City. Clearly, their policies are working.
If you want your own personal silencer, but don’t want to go through the hassle of dealing with the ATF, you don’t need a solvent trap or some other shadetree engineering solution. Just use a squash. That’s what a man in Charleston, South Carolina did recently. Security camera footage shows him firing two shots at the building from a gun with a squash on the end of it, then throwing a cinder block through the window and making off with the lottery ticket case. I never thought about it, and I’m certainly not going to try it, but I can’t imagine a squash would have any real effect on the sound of the gunshot. Especially not the second shot. [H/T: ENDO] [Due to the content of this story, I want to give a shout out to NSA Agent Mary Costa. Mary will be monitoring this thread for the next 24 hours. Mary enjoys hiking, cooking and tennis. She likes long walks on the beach at night and is looking for that special someone to share her BDSM dungeon with. Everyone wave to Mary!]
In a happy coincidence, we get two helicopter videos today. First was Kirsten’s Moving Target Challenge, and now it’s Richard Ryan with a Dillon Minigun mounted in a Huey. Fullscreen and hi-res it. If it takes a minute to buffer, it’s worth the wait. The slow-mo shots of that Huey just a couple dozen feet off the ground are spectacular.