“I don’t think this has anything to do with the second amendment rights when you have the right to carry a weapon off your property. An automobile is not a part of your home. It’s a part of the public property when you get out on it.” That’s from Bobby Timmons (right above), Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association, speaking out against a bill that would allow the carry of loaded handguns in vehicles without needing a concealed carry permit. This bill follows on the heels of one passed last year that allows unloaded handguns to be carried in cars without a permit. There are no restrictions on loaded long guns. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Beason (left above), says that the castle doctrine should extend to your car, and that the current law doesn’t make sense. “It doesn’t do you any good if it’s unloaded, out of reach, out of the way,” said Beason. The senate committee will vote on this bill next Wednesday. Read on . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ is brought to you from Brevard County Florida, where Viera Charter and Viera High were in lockdown for most of the school day Friday due to a man with a gun outside the nearby Viera courthouse. The man arrived sometime before 10:30 and was waving a gun in front of the courthouse, alternately pacing and sitting on the curb, while occasionally yelling at police. As the day progressed, the story developed that he had previously made threats against the courthouse and judges. Police spent the next several hours attempting to negotiate with him, unsuccessfully. During this period police received a call from a relative telling them “he was on the way to the courthouse and he was coming here to do harm and that this was going to be it.” Shortly before 1 p.m., during a period when the man had the gun tucked into his waistband, BCSO SWAT moved in and attempted to subdue him using nonlethal means (apparently Tasing him at least twice), but “he responded to that in an aggressive fashion. Our team responded with lethal fire and he is deceased at the scene,” according to Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Viera High’s lockdown was lifted at 2 p.m., while Viera Charter, which is directly across the street from the courthouse, remained on lockdown for a while longer.
A small section of I-80 in Nebraska was closed for a few hours Thursday morning after a security forces team out of F.E. Warren Air Force Base lost some ammunition. The security forces team lost “a small amount of 40 mm ammunition from the back of a humvee” as it was traveling through the F.E. Warren missile field. The rounds are not expected to cause any damage, and Nebraska DOT and Highway Patrol are working with F.E. Warren personnel to look for remaining pieces. [Yes, I included this story just so I could link to the map I made a few years ago when I got fascinated by these things. I also did one for Malmstrom AFB in Montana and Minot AFB in North Dakota. Days were lost.]
It’s been said before, but a good belt might even be more important than a good holster in a carry rig. A quality belt can make even a crappy holster acceptable, while a crappy belt can make it uncomfortable to wear the best holster in the world.
Washington state senators voted a bill out of committee Friday that would, according to King5.com, “restrict gun rights without a felony conviction for the first time in state history.” ESHB 1840 would require anyone named in a protective order, who was also in a separate proceeding deemed a “credible” threat of “bodily injury or death”, to surrender their firearms. To fall under the purview of the bill, a victim under a protective order would have to prove they’re likely to be harmed again, and a judge would have to file a second ruling, separate from the protective order, finding the person in question a credible threat. The bill passed the House unanimously, and now will go back to the Senate floor for a second reading.
Some folks were less-than-impressed with Jerry Miculek’s long-range pistol shots (revolver upside down at 200 yards and GLOCK 41 at 215 yards), so he amps it up a few more notches by backing off to 400 meters (~435 yards) with his 3-gun setup S&W M&P 9 mm.
I’ve run out of superlatives for this guy.