Instead of reporting to school each morning, 15-year-old Byron Preston is reporting for work in his father’s barber shop and nail salon. Byron was expelled from Laurel High School three months ago. He was found with a device called a “tattoo gun” in his possession.
A tattoo gun fires no bullets or other projectiles. Like a solder gun or a caulking gun, it is a tool.
“They said it was a weapon because it could inflict bodily harm,” explained the high school sophomore, who added he had no intention of tattooing himself or anyone else. Byron said he just wanted to practice tattooing on pieces of fruit.
Here’s the opinion, handed down today, in Williams v. State. The court interprets Heller and McDonald as focused on home possession of guns, arguing that “it is clear that prohibition of firearms in the home was the gravamen of the certiorari questions in both Heller and McDonald and their answers. If the Supreme Court, in this dicta, meant its holding to extend beyond home possession, it will need to say so more plainly.”
On a snowy Christmas Eve a few years ago, Raymond E. Woollard was watching television with his family when he heard someone tapping at the windows of his Baltimore County farmhouse.
It was not Santa.
An intruder entered, the Woollard went for a shotgun, and a struggle ensued. Fortunately, the homeowner and his son came out on top because the son had a second shotgun. Police arrived an hour later, delayed by icy roads.
As a result of the incident, Woollard was issued a concealed carry permit. However, his request to renew it has been declined.
Police denied his request last year to renew the permit, saying they thought the danger to his life had passed.
The agency said it was “because I hadn’t been attacked” again, Woollard said in an interview. “They said, ‘If you have any problems, you let us know.’ ”
Yeah. Maybe they’ll be there in less than an hour next time.
The intruder, who is Woollard’s son-in-law, has a history of trouble and is now out of prison. He lives only three miles from Woollard.
As officers of the court, all defense lawyers are really on the government’s side, having sworn an oath to uphold a vast, century-old conspiracy to conceal the fact that most aspects of the federal government are illegitimate, including the courts, which have no constitutional authority to bring people to trial. The defendants also believed that a legal distinction could be drawn between their name as written on their indictment and their true identity as a “flesh and blood man.”
If you want to know more about Homicides in Baltimore I recommend reading Homicide: A Year in the Killing Streets by David Simon. He spent a year in the homicide division of Baltimore P.D. He also produced a show about the things he learned called The Wire, which was shown on HBO.
I haven’t read the book, though I’ve heard good things about The Wire.