A Vietnam veteran, former police officer and firefighter is suing the Los Angeles Police Department after they seized more than 300 of his firearms and destroyed them. Wayne Wright, 67, of Simi Valley, was arrested in 2004 in what the LAPD trumpeted as an “undercover gun buy operation,” but that Wright and his attorneys allege was entrapment.
After Wright was acquitted of every charge except the misdemeanor of owning a semi-automatic banned in California—for which he received probation, and which did not disqualify him from gun ownership—he should have gotten his guns back. Instead, LAPD destroyed the collection with an estimated worth of over $700,000.
Now Wright is suing the LAPD, alleging they violated his civil rights, as well as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, because they destroyed the guns to show that LAPD’s “Gun Unit” was effective and deserving of federal grant money.
Armed Citizen Captures Carjacker In New Orleans
Larry Pierre’s bad decision #1: Carjacking a tow truck. Bad decision #2: Picking an armed citizen’s yard in which to seek refuge.
It was just two days after Pierre’s 17th birthday when he flagged down a tow truck, threatened the driver with a gun and took off in the vehicle. Later, as officers spotted the stolen truck and gave chase, Pierre and an accomplice ditched the vehicle and fled.
Pierre ended up in a backyard where the homeowner, hearing a suspicious sound, came out to investigate, shotgun in hand. When Pierre saw him, he put his hands in the air and was led out of the backyard and into the hands of police. The accomplice remains at large.
Pierre was charged with carjacking, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle and criminal trespassing. Thanks to an armed citizen, he just might be celebrating his 18th birthday behind bars.
Safety Group Survive A Mass Shooting By Hiding
An organization in Ellicott City, Md., called the National Center for Citizen Safety has been formed for the purpose of educating ordinary people on what they should do in an “active shooter” scenario. Their advice is to “run away from the shooter and get help. If you can’t run, try to hide where the shooter can’t see you, like behind a door or a large object. And if danger is imminent … you should fight with whatever you can get your hands on to stop the shooter.”
Forgive us, but these seem like rather obvious directions to someone who doesn’t have a gun—and they point out just how helpless an unarmed victim would be in such a situation. If the National Center for Citizen Safety really wants to keep people safe, it might consider taking some advice from the National Rifle Association.
Theater Chain Now Searching Bags For Firearms
In the wake of recent theater shootings, you can add Regal Cinemas to the list of places that will search your bags. Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest movie-theater chain, has reactively added the new security warning to its corporate website.
“To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission,” read the website. “We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.”
Depriving patrons of a constitutional right is a “flaw,” to be sure, but this policy really shows off how illogical the chain’s reasoning is. Rather than acknowledging that gun-free zones put people at risk, Regal is doubling down on enforcing them—making extra-sure that their law-abiding customers are helpless if anyone walks into a theater looking to cause harm.
Maine Gun Sales Up As Permitless Carry Date Approaches
With a loosening of restrictions for carrying concealed handguns coming soon, Maine residents are gearing up for the new “permitless” carry law set to go into effect this October.
According to a report on NECN.com, handgun sales are up substantially around the state as the effective date for the law, which no longer requires citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, approaches.
John Reid, owner of JT Reid’s Gun Shop in Auburn, Maine, told NECN that his gun sales are up at least 50 percent compared to last summer, and holster sales are also booming. “It’s all because of the new law,” Reid said. “More people will be carrying.”
Boston Police Renew One Gun Buyback Program
“If we get one gun off the street, this program’s effective,” stated Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans in regard to the city’s gun buyback program. That’s how far he has had to lower the bar in order to justify the program, since it has, in fact, netted only one firearm so far this year. Yet city officials continue to tout the program in hopes it might actually “take guns off the street” rather than pay cash for worn-out antiques from some grandmother’s closet or attic.
We get it: Senseless violence and preventable accidents are terrible to experience, and we all wish we could do something to help. But programs like this are not only a massive waste of taxpayer money—they’re an excuse not to look for real solutions.