In the first Aussie turn in since Port Arthur . . . Thousands of guns handed over in Australia amnesty
More than 6,000 guns have been surrendered in Australia’s most populous state in just one month, police said Tuesday, after fears of terrorism and an influx of illegal firearms sparked a national amnesty.
The government said in June it believed there were as many as 260,000 illicit weapons on the streets, and with the threat of extremist attacks and a spate of gangland shootings, it wanted to minimise the danger.
Among the weapons handed over in New South Wales were four SKS assault rifles, a 9mm homemade sub-machine gun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, M1 carbine and a .44 calibre magnum revolver, state police said.
In total, some 1,700 rifles, 460 shotguns and nearly 200 handguns were surrendered to police and dealers, while thousands of others were handed in for registration.
NYC considers this a feature, not a bug . . . Stossel: NYC Government Traumatizes Gun Owners
If you have a gun, don’t fly out of New York with it! Almost every week, New York City arrests someone who brings a gun to the airport–even when the person has a gun license from their state, notifies authorities about the gun and follows TSA procedures for flying with it. John Stossel interviews people who were arrested and confronts the assistant district attorney who prosecutes them.
Another stolen fed’s gun used in a crime . . . Family Of Slain Muralist Sues ICE Over Stolen Gun
The July 2015 killing of Kate Steinle with a federal agent’s stolen gun grabbed national headlines, as is often the case when the victim is an attractive white woman. Far less attention was paid to another murder two months later, when 27-year-old Antonio Ramos was shot while working on a mural under the 580 overpass in West Oakland and the assailant’s gun turned out to be stolen from an ICE agent’s car. That case quickly faded from public attention, but the family won’t let tragedy pass without a fight. This week they sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for wrongful death in a San Francisco federal district court, KQED reports.
The Ramos family has previously filed an administrative claim against ICE in 2016 for “fail[ing] to train their employees” to “follow mandatory regulations, policies and/or procedures for securing and storing a firearm,” but ICE rejected that claim in February. Alleged assailant Marquise Holloway had prior felonies and was not eligible for a gun permit, but happened upon this particular firearm sitting in plain view in an ICE agent’s rental car in San Francisco.
The whole “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” thing as internet commentary got old ages ago, but was it ever more apropos? . . . Woman shot in vagina in sex game gone wrong
David Jeffers, 47, fled from a Manchester hotel leaving his partner dying on a bed after a loaded shotgun, which was inserted into her vagina, was mistakenly fired.
The 46 year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had informed her partner of her sexual desires via text message a few days prior to the incident, which left her with life changing injuries to her bladder and female reproductive organs, with one message saying: “I can’t sleep, so excited.”
The victim, who worked as a manager in Stockport, Greater Manchester, had arranged and paid for Jeffers to stay with her at the Britannia Hotel on the evening of January 30 where the couple consumed drink and drugs before engaging in sexual activity.
Sometime after, Jeffers, who lives in Harehills, Leeds, inserted the loaded shotgun, which he claims to have found in the toilet of the Wetherspoon’s pub at Leeds train station, into her genital area where it is agreed his hand was on the trigger at the time it went off.
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This is on the graphic side . . . Man Gets Fatally Shot by Police After Using Woman as Human Shield
Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis on Friday released dash camera video of a deadly shootout that happened in front of a White Horse Road funeral home last month. During a news conference, Lewis said deputies fired shots after responding to a 911 call on July 14 of an armed man chasing a woman and firing shots at her, Lewis said. Authorities said the suspect, identified as Ramiro Bravo Ramirez, 34, shot Candy Rosario, 25, as she ran across White Horse Road. According to Lewis, Ramirez began firing at deputies as soon as they arrived on scene at the parking lot of the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home on 6710 White Horse Road in the Berea community. Lewis described the incident as a “domestic violence case” and said he didn’t think the shooting could have been prevented. He said the two may have been in a relationship.
“Mr. Ramirez was going to shoot the victim,” Lewis said. “Nothing was going to stop him from doing that. He came to do battle that day.” Lewis said Ramirez had two magazines and reloaded his gun during the course of the gun fight. Ramirez also used Rosario’s body as a barricade to prevent from being shot, Lewis said. “‘He came with the intention to kill that woman,” the sheriff said. A total of nine deputies exchanged fire with Ramirez, Lewis said. The deputies were placed on administrative leave and were reinstated to full duty July 25. “After an internal investigation was completed through our the Office of Professional Responsibility, it was determined protocols of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office were met, and there were no policy violations,” Lewis said.
It will cost you if you take your mohaska to Canuckistan . . . Americans crossing into Canada carrying guns with ‘alarming frequency’
Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it’s proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms on vacation.
“The offences continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months,” federal prosecutor Peter Thorn said from Hampton, N.B.
Five men — three from Florida, two from New England — pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000, he said.
A doctor suffering from depression tried to buy a shotgun and then drove to a Bronx hospital where he used to work. Then he leaped to his death in a case eerily reminiscent of a fatal shooting last month at another hospital in the borough.
After Dr. Gabriel Goodwin killed himself at Montefiore Medical Center on Friday, police found in his car a large knife, a trench coat and a receipt that indicates he tried to buy a shotgun earlier that day, police sources said.
Detectives are trying to figure out whether Goodwin, 35, was going to storm Montefiore, but have yet to find evidence that was his intent, sources said.