After being awakened by what he thought was someone breaking into his home around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, a Falmouth, Mass., homeowner discovered a male suspect setting his house on fire. He chased the suspect and fired two shots at him, driving him off, police told the Boston Globe.
The man’s wife used a garden hose to extinguish the fire, which had burned a three-foot section of the house’s siding. The man who fired the shots reportedly had a license to carry a firearm. Police found no blood at the scene, and said that no one with gunshot wounds had turned up at any local hospitals following the incident.
Further investigation revealed that the brake lines on the homeowner’s car had been severed, and a door of the home had been wedged shut from the outside. Police are still looking for the suspect.
New Sheriff Means Hope For San Francisco Gun Owners
San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who notoriously refused to issue a single concealed-carry permit during the entirety of his time in office, has suffered a landslide defeat in his re-election bid. His exit means that area gun owners are seeing a glimmer of hope.
Former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, who will take over for Mirkarimi, has been quiet about her stance on guns but has been endorsed by notable gun-haters such as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Attorney General Kamala Harris. But it would not take much for her to be less extreme than her predecessor, and gun-rights groups are appealing to her respect for the Constitution.
“The Calguns Foundation will be reaching out to Sheriff-elect Vicki Hennessy to formally request that she respect Second Amendment civil rights as much as any other fundamental right she likes,” said Calguns President Brandon Combs.
CBS Atlanta Targets Gun Magazines
They’ve targeted so-called “high-capacity” magazines; now they’re targeting the kind full of words and pictures. CBS 46 in Atlanta has been airing a series of reports aimed at “presenting the pros and cons of the United States gun debate.” So far, “The Gun Fight” looks to be a pretty one-sided debate.
The latest report from Tuesday rolled out a new anti-gunner term: “gun porn.” Investigative reporter Karyn Greer describes gun porn as “photos of guns that display them in the same carefully posed and lighted manner as the models in traditional pornography.” Greer visited Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart, only to discover that these “gun porn” magazines—with headlines like “Don’t Be a Victim” and “The Ultimate Guide to Staying Alive”—were easily accessible to young children.
You can only imagine our horror at discovering that our coffee table displays of American Rifleman magazines have for years been offering up porn to our guests and their children.
Recreational Shooting Threatened On Utah Conservation Area
A proposal to close more than 63,000 acres of public land at the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area in Utah to recreational shooting would greatly impact shooters in the area and is being opposed by the National Rifle Association.
In the plan, the Bureau of Land Management’s preferred strategy is to close 80 percent of the area to recreational shooting. Another strategy offered is to close the entire NCA to shooting. Two other alternatives would leave the NCA open for shooting as it is now.
“For years, the NRA and other sportsmen’s groups have asked that recreational shooting be managed like camping and hiking so that recreational use conflict is reduced,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told the Tribune. “We want shooting to be conducted in safe and accessible environments where there are natural or man-made backstops. All too often, federal land management plans without considering the impact on shooters who use those areas.”
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The deadline for public comment on the proposed shooting closure at Beaver Dam Wash NCA has been extended to Nov. 16. Comments may be submitted via fax to (435)688-3252 or emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC Merced Hero Wishes He Had Carried A Gun
Contractor Byron Price was finishing up a construction job on the UC Merced campus when he heard a commotion coming from a classroom Wednesday morning. Thinking it was a fistfight, he entered the classroom to break it up, unknowingly inserting himself into a stabbing rampage that left four people wounded, including himself. After he entered the room, the suspect attacked Price with a butcher knife, stabbing him near the waistline.
Price managed to kick the assailant in the head, causing the hooded man to flee. Two campus police officers then chased the suspect and shot him on a nearby pedestrian bridge. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke labeled Price a hero for disrupting the attack and probably saving lives.
In retrospect, if Price could have done one thing differently, what would it have been? As he recently told CBS 47, he would have wanted to have a concealed firearm in that situation.