No Carry Permit Needed in Wyoming

Murdoc’s been off the grid for a while but thought this subject deserved an update:

Wyoming Adopts “Constitutional Carry” of Firearms

An important step was taken yesterday in Wyoming toward restoring the constitutionally protected right of Americans to keep and bear arms, as that state became the second in less than a year to enact legislation affirming the right of its citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a special government-issued license. Following adoption in the state Senate, the vote of the House in the Wyoming legislature approved the bill by a vote of 48–8 several weeks ago, and Gov. Matt Mead (photo, left) signed it into law on March 3.

This is good news, though (predictably) not everyone agrees.

Meanwhile: Carrying gun without permit passes Utah committee

More Honors for the 1911?

State bird, state flower, state gun? Utah could be first to have one

The Utah House passed a measure to make the Browning M1911 semiautomatic the state gun in honor of Utahn John Browning. Critics question the wisdom of having a state gun.

Honestly, I don’t see this as a big deal either way. But, then, Murdoc doesn’t care about state flowers or state trees, or whatever, either.

Maybe some value if it drives the grabber crowd a bit more bonkers, I guess.

Utah Officials Warn TV Viewers Not To Shoot Their Old TV Sets

Beware of Toxins:

Got an old TV? Don’t shoot it! That’s the word from federal wilderness officials. The people at the Bureau of Land Management in Utah’s west desert are worried some folks might want to use their old sets for target practice.

They warn it can cost up to $7,000 to clean up after a television set has been shot.

So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
’Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”

23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Via the NRA-ILA:

On June 11, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

“We share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems,” the letter said.

The letter notes congressional opposition to bringing back the ban, and calls for increasing enforcement of existing laws.

We encourage NRA members to let these state officials know we appreciate them standing up to the incessant clamor for gun control that is currently coming from anti-gun groups and their media allies.

The 23 state Attorneys General, in alphabetical order, by state, are:
Continue reading 23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

‘As many as eight or nine assailants’

Midvale, Utah:

Police say they are looking for as many as eight or nine assailants after a home invasion early Tuesday at a Midvale apartment that ended when one of the residents shot and killed a suspect.

Midvale police believe a female assailant was also shot, leaving a trail of blood outside the Springs of the Country Woods apartment complex at 1039 E. Watercress.

Four people, including two sisters, ages 14 and 22, were inside a third-floor apartment at the complex at about 1:30 a.m. when someone knocked at the door, Midvale police Sgt. John Salazar said.

When the 26-year-old uncle of the sisters opened the door, a group of up to 10 tried to force their way inside. In a struggle at the door, one assailant stabbed the uncle in the hand, Salazar said.

As the struggle continued inside, one assailant hit the 22-year-old woman, angering her 23-year-old boyfriend. He fought with another assailant, got hold of the man’s gun and fired about four shots inside, and possibly three outside, Salazar said.

Three of the shots inside struck a 31-year-old suspect, who died at the scene. He was armed with two knives and a handgun, Salazar said.

The cops noted that the handgun shots didn’t go through the apartment walls, though the story doesn’t say what sort of gun it was. Two additional guns, apparently belonging to the intruders, were found nearby.

Odd that so many would try to pull off a home invasion together. Seems like there’s probably more to this story.

Via Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog

UPDATE: Another story on this incident has this detail:

The SWAT team blasted a garage where another suspect may have been hiding, but it was empty.

I was trying to figure out what they meant by “blasted” when I saw this picture:

Looks like a garage and looks like it's been "blasted"
Looks like a garage and looks like it's been 'blasted'

I guess they really meant “blasted.” Sheesh.

UPDATE 2: And here are some more details:

The woman at the door asked for a man who did not live there, said Nikki Hulett, who also lives in the apartment complex.

Hiding behind the woman were several men. When the uncle saw the men, he tried to push the door shut. Neighbors said there were five other people in addition to the woman. Police believe there were between six to 10 people total. All of them were armed with either a knife or gun, said Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar.

As the uncle tried pushing the door shut, one of the intruders reached inside and sliced the uncle’s hand, Salazar said.

After gaining entry, the intruders tried pushing all of the occupants into a back room. At one point, one of the intruders hit the older woman with the butt end of a gun and threw her around by her hair, Hulett said.

So this appears gang and/or drug related. Big surprise. They were looking to jack whoever used to live there. Or they just totally had the wrong apartment. Those types don’t always tend to be the brightest light bulbs on the porch.

The tenants have lived in that apartment for only three months, so I’m guessing the bad guys were after the previous resident at that address.

From a witness:

Two more suspects, one carrying a shotgun, were seen running in a different direction, she said. One of them was yelling, “Your dog is going to be OK,” but she didn’t know if he meant an animal or one of the other intruders.

Well, if he meant “an animal” he was probably right. If he meant “one of the other intruders,” not so much.

Not Exactly Under the Radar

Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:

These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.

No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.

It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.

Utah’s CCW

With some commentary

A rather even-handed treatment by the media. (Unless the skeptical wonder if the pro-carry guy’s technical problems were not accidental…)

I’m not up on the specifics of Utah concealed carry.

Is Utah’s program unfunded by general tax dollars?

Is Utah’s CCW permit near the tougher end of the range as far as qualifying and earning it goes?