So much for free speech in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has banned CZ858 “Spartan” rifles nationwide—reclassifying them from “restricted” to “prohibited”—apparently because the special-edition rifles have the words “Molon labe” (“Come and take it” in Latin) engraved on the receiver and buttstock, along with a Canadian maple leaf on the pistol grip and handguard, therebel.media reports.
So how does Canada’s federal police force justify its ban? Under Canadian federal law, the ordinary (non-marked) CZ 858 Tactical-2P rifle is legal. However, the RCMP says the “Spartan” version of this rifle is somehow different because “Molon labe” and other markings are not present on the original rifle, meaning that the firearms banned are “CZ858 Tactical-2P Spartan Limited Edition Proofed 2007 Or Later” rifles, which are not specifically listed as legal, canadianfirearmsblog.ca reports.
In addition to firearms, maybe Canada should issue a list of “allowed” words, phrases and ideas, too.
Indianapolis P.D. Teaching NRA’s Eddie Eagle
“We sing along with the kids and we keep singing along to make sure they remember what we have taught them.” That’s Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer Vincent Stewart talking about how his department is working to teach local kids a valuable lesson.
The IMPD has been offering the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to elementary school students, and has taken the presentation to 20 schools to date. Eddie Eagle is NRA’s widely acclaimed program that teaches younger children what to do if they ever come across a gun.
Stewart was instrumental in bringing the program to Indianapolis kids, and his goal is to reach them when they’re younger. “My hope and my prayer is that they go home, they’re still singing that song, it catches their parents attention, and that the parent and the child can have a meaningful conversation about gun safety because we do realize that there are a lot of guns in a lot of households,” he said.
An Iowa lawmaker has introduced a measure for a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms.
Republican state Sen. Brad Zaun offered Senate Joint Resolution 2, which was co-authored by all members of the majority Senate caucus. Forty-four states currently have Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA) constitutional amendments.
According to NRA-ILA, SJR 2 would provide the strongest possible protection for Iowans’ gun rights, guaranteeing in the state constitution the Right to Keep and Bear Arms against any infringements or restrictions. The measure is expected to be considered in subcommittee next week.
Armed Citizen Shoots Violent Assailant, Saves State Trooper
When an Arizona State Trooper stopped to investigate a rollover car accident early Thursday morning, he never expected to be involved in a shooting, especially one in which he was shot. However, after the trooper was suddenly shot in the shoulder, the gunman then attacked the officer, driving him to the ground and beating him.
By chance, a good Samaritan with a concealed-carry permit and a gun drove upon the scene with his family. The armed citizen ran to help the officer, who was still struggling with the armed attacker. When the officer yelled for help, the citizen returned to his car, grabbed his gun and demanded the assailant stop. When the suspect continued to strike the officer, the citizen had no choice but shoot, killing the attacker.
Col. Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said “I don’t know that my trooper would be alive without the (armed citizen’s) assistance.”