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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Irma Looters Target Firearms

While natural disasters typically bring out the best in humanity—with people opening up their homes, hearts and wallets to help out—there are always exceptions. Such is the case in Florida, where dozens of criminals have been looking to take advantage of Hurricane Irma evacuations.

The Daily Mail reports that 32 people have been arrested for looting deserted businesses and homes. One of their primary targets: guns. Two groups of looters attempted to break into two different sporting goods stores with the intent to steal firearms—and SWAT officers were soon on the scene of Academy Sports in Orlando.

In anticipation of such incidents, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a special advisory recommending that federal firearms licensees remove guns and ammunition to a safe location, but that hasn't stopped criminals emboldened by the disaster. Florida also has a “hurricane gun law” in place that allows those taking part in a mandatory evacuation to carry a concealed firearm for 48 hours without a permit—which, with looters roving the streets in search of unattended guns, may end up being a much safer choice than leaving the guns at home, for a number of reasons.

K.C. Newspaper Tries To Tie Abandoned Gun To Campus Carry

In an apparent attempt to paint concealed-carry permit holders as irresponsible, The Kansas City Star recently repeatedly cited the state’s new campus-carry law in a fake news story about a gun found in a Kansas University restroom.

In the feature about a gun found at KU’s Wescoe Hall, the lead read: “Two weeks into the fall semester, the first in which Kansas students can legally carry concealed handguns on campuses, an unattended gun turned up Tuesday in a bathroom at the University of Kansas.”

If you can read past all the anti-campus carry sentiment, you learn that the gun was traced by police and found to have been stolen, so there is nothing—repeat, nothing—tying the firearm to campus carry or concealed carry. Yet that didn’t stop the authors from wrapping up the piece with three more full paragraphs about Kansas’ new campus-carry law.


Cabela’s Purchase Of Bass Pro Shops Moves Forward After Delay

Gun owners eager to see the effects of the merger of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, both major sporting-goods retailers that sell firearms, should have the chance soon. Federal regulators have allowed the move to proceed, cheering the leadership at Cabela’s and causing the retailer’s stock price to rise.

Guns.com reports that the Federal Reserve has approved the sale of World’s Foremost Bank, the financing arm of the Cabela’s empire, following the conditions of the merger. Observers saw an immediate 14 percent surge in Cabela’s stock. The retailer experienced poor quarterly sales, which CEO Tommy Millner blamed in part on the liquidation of bankrupt competitor Gander Mountain’s gun inventory, and is hoping that buying Bass Pro Shops will open up new opportunities.

We’ll have to wait and see what consequences this merger has in terms of firearm prices and availability, but that wait isn’t looking so long anymore.

69-Year-Old Arizona Woman Shoots Home Invader

Last Thursday, a 69-year-old woman returned to her home in rural Sierra Vista, Ariz., to find her door damaged and several things missing from her home. She called the Sheriff’s Department and filed a report, but it turned out the burglars weren’t yet finished with their dirty deeds.

At around 11 p.m. that same night, the woman discovered a man dressed in dark clothing attempting to break in—but this time she was ready. She retrieved her gun and fired several shots at the intruder, and when deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 26-year-old man with several gunshot wounds. The suspect was airlifted to a Tucson hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

While it is suspected the two burglaries are related, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incidents and hasn’t yet confirmed whether the same suspect was responsible in both cases.

Pennsylvania Homeowner Fatally Shoots Bat-Wielding Invader

The Lower Paxton Township (Pa.) Police spent the better part of Sunday piecing together the sequence of a fatal shooting.

At 6 a.m., officers received a 911 call from a man who said someone was trying to kill him. While en route, more calls came in—one saying a man was beating someone with a baseball bat, and another that the bat-wielding suspect was attempting to break into a nearby house. This time, shots had been fired.

Investigators discovered an elderly woman who had been assaulted, then the suspect just a few houses up the street. The homeowner had shot the assailant in the abdomen after he tried to force his way into the home, and though the suspect was rushed to a hospital, he later died. Police now believe the entire incident may have started as a domestic dispute between the suspect and a resident of the home where the attacks first began.

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