Last week, the Tucson City Council finally relented and ended its long-standing policy of illegally destroying guns that were seized by police or turned in by citizens. The decision followed a ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that struck down a city ordinance allowing for the destruction of confiscated firearms. Had the city not agreed to end its practice, it would have had to forgo $57 million in shared-state revenues.
As it turns out, Tucson is still going to be out some cash. The Arizona Daily Starreported that the city has agreed to pay $100,000 to the Arizona attorney general’s office to cover the state’s costs of prosecuting the case. Ironically, that figure matches the amount the city had previously estimated it would take in from auctioning off the seized firearms.
Tucson destroyed 4,820 guns since 2013 with an estimated value around $600,000. The city is now auctioning off the confiscated guns to licensed gun dealers.
Researcher John Lott On Campus Carry Delirium
With all the hand-wringing and nay-saying over the new campus-carry law that took effect recently in Kansas, researcher John Lott is leading out as the voice of reason in the controversy.
“Gun control advocates in Kansas predict disaster, just as they have in each new state that adopted campus carry,” Lott wrote. “Unable to point to any actual catastrophes, opponents do their best to imagine what might go wrong.
“But at school after school, no problems have occurred. Over the decades, not a single permit holder who was allowed to carry on university property has committed a crime with his gun. No permit holder has ever gotten angry over a grade and started shooting. As far as we know, no permit holder has ever used his gun to threaten anyone on campus.”
Lott summed up his op-ed: “Many liberal professors are doomsayers about concealed carry. … A year from now, when fears have subsided, people will realize how little the professors actually know.”
Australian Man Has Guns Seized After Defending Home
A farmer in Bungowannah, New South Wales, never fired a shot or even loaded his gun, but police still confiscated his firearms after a confrontation he had with an armed suspect.
According to The Border Mail, David Dunstan grabbed an unloaded rifle when a man armed with a knife knocked on his back door in the middle of the night. He claims to have never pointed the rifle, for which he has a license, directly at the suspect. Dunstan made the intruder get in a car and drove him to the police station, where he was picked up—but then police took the three guns that the farmer kept in his home for pest control purposes.
“I just don’t know what I should have done, what would have been the right way to do it,” said Dunstan. “My gun license is for vermin control. I suppose, technically, trying to protect yourself is not classed as that.”
Virginia Store Clerk Fatally Shoots Robber Who Kept Coming Back
Some criminals never know when to quit.
When a career felon entered the Little B Convenience Store in Victoria, Va., there were multiple witnesses, surveillance cameras and multiple opportunities not to escalate the situation. However, 35-year-old Milton Terrell Gaithers walked in with a mask over his face and struck the employee in the forehead with his gun. The clerk gave him cash, and after appearing to leave, Gaithers came back for the change. After departing again, he returned for lottery register money. Then, after reaching the door, the suspect returned for cigarettes.
When he finally left, the injured clerk grabbed the store’s .380 handgun, and walked outside—shocked to see Gaither in the lot near customers. The clerk fired a warning shot in the air, but the suspect fired back. The employee then returned fire, sending Gaither running to a nearby church where he fell to the ground and died. Lunenburg County officials said the shooting was self-defense and justified.