State agent not charged after gun sale claim

The Badger State:

A Wisconsin Department of Justice agent who was accused of illegally manufacturing and selling weapons won’t face criminal charges, according to a letter sent Friday to The Associated Press.

Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter said the agency will now decide whether to launch an internal investigation into Jay Smith.

Smith was a supervisor at a Division of Criminal Investigation office in Superior when one of his agents reported he had been making and selling guns to other law officers, including Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, without a federal permit. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been investigating Smith since December.

The case was being handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota.

Non-Gun Ban

I was just mentioning this sort of thing yesterday, and now Say Uncle points out this in Minnesota:

Moorhead City Council votes 5-2 for intial approval of fake gun ordinance

On a vote of 5-2 on Monday, Moorhead City Council members gave initial approval to a revised city ordinance that prohibits people from carrying facsimile weapons in public places.

The revision needs one more reading to become effective, and officials said that could happen Jan. 10.

Here is the wording of the ordinance:

No person shall carry on their person in a public place as defined in Minnesota statute … a facsimile firearm within the city.

Facsimile firearm means any object not actually a firearm which is a replica of an actual firearm, which substantially duplicates an actual firearm, or which could reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm.

This ordinance shall not restrict the use of a facsimile firearm for self defense of a person’s residence or place of business.

Now, as crazy as a ban on non-guns seems, here is the really crazy part:

Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger wants to see the proposed ban include private residences.

Yes, you read that right. The city’s chief of police is wants non-guns banned in private homes. He says such a ban could “help us avert a tragedy.” Two council members, Dan Hunt and Diane Wray Williams, also support banning non-guns in citizens’ homes.

If I made that up and put it in a book, people would claim I’m creating straw men.

What’s next? Bans on toy rubber knives?

No Surprise

Testing Minnesota’s gun show loophole

I decided to try to buy a gun. To hear the Citizens for a Safer Minnesota tell it, this would be an easy task. I didn’t have a permit, but surely these gun merchants would insist I purchase their wares, federal red tape be damned.

As anyone who’s spent much time at gun shows knows, you can’t just buy guns without ID or background checks from dealers.

Critics of the story cry about the fact that the writer only tried to buy from dealers and not from individuals. But, whether he meant to or not, he made the point that it’s not a “gun show loophole” at all. If the antis want to ban individual person to person sales, let them try while calling it a “ban on individual person to person sales.”

‘Good luck to him in jail’

Minneapolis police officer Timothy Edward Carson was late to work on Wednesday because he was robbing a bank. Sources say he could be connected with “at least a dozen” bank robberies in the past couple of weeks.

“The bottom line with police work is ethics and trust and respect. He blew every one of them,” said Lt. John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, of which Carson is a member. “Good luck to him in jail.”

Carson was stopped for a license plate violation, let go because he was an LEO, and robbed a bank. The officer who had pulled him over earlier and let him go was responding to the bank call when he spotted Caron’s vehicle headed away from the bank.


Teaching the Kids to Build Pipe Bombs

Via Uncle:

Dad, mom accused of teaching son, friends how to make explosives

A Prior Lake couple allegedly thought it would be “a good educational tool” for their son and his friends to learn how to make homemade explosives from PVC pipe and gunpowder.

They had no idea, they reportedly said, that the teens would go on a destructive spree, using pipe bombs to explode mailboxes in Burnsville, Lakeville and rural Scott County.

I must admit that I’m not quite sure what to think about this. My guess is that the typical knee-jerk reaction to this is quite negative. Blowing up mail boxes? Obviously wrong. But I’m not so sure about teaching kids to build pipe bombs.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with pipe bombs. It’s what you do with the pipe bombs that matters.

If someone taught their kids to hand-load rifle ammunition, and the kids then used that ammo to shoot out windows in local buildings, we wouldn’t claim teaching kids to hand-load was wrong, would we? We wouldn’t claim that hand-loaded ammo was bad.

Obviously, parents need to be responsible and use their best judgment with their kids. And it apparently failed in this case.

For the record, I would have no concern about my son learning to build pipe bombs. I haven’t taught him that yet, but if/when I do I’m quite confident that he won’t do anything wrong with that knowledge.

What do readers think?

Home Invasion in Minnesota

Truman, Minnesota

Two people are assaulted in their home, and the intruder suffers a gunshot wound.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says it happened last night just before midnight.

They say an intruder apparently entered the home of Elmer and Marcella Sauck at 2488 200th Street in rural Martin County.

Mrs. Sauck was physically assaulted, was able to escape and go to the nearby home of her son, Mark. Mark then went to his parents’ house and found his father being assaulted by the intruder. Authorities say Mark then ordered the intruder to stop several times as he approached him, but he didn’t.

The intruder suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Fair Warning: If Murdoc catches you assaulting members of my family, you won’t be getting airlifted anywhere. I won’t be shooting you in the leg, and there will be no rush to get you where you need to go.