New year, but there’s a ton of stuff to cover. As an aside, the Georgia Legislature kicks off January 13th, so the fight over guns on campus will start soon as well.
Anyway, on this week’s Midnight Run, Citizens in a county in Oregon pick up where a gutted sheriff’s office left off, gun registration begins in Connecticut (and builds in other States), and Magpul confirms new HQ and manufacturing hubs. As always, we’ll close with the latest from the Armed Citizen file.
1.) Citizen Law Enforcement. Josephine County, Oregon reduced its sheriff’s department to what has been described as a “bare-bones” force. Residents have responded by creating their own armed patrol groups. The county government had relied on timber subsidies from the Federal government, which owns about 70% of the land there. When that was cut, officials tried to pass a tax levy to cover for it. That levy was killed by voters, and the sheriff’s office was promptly cut down. The sherrif’s office announced that it would be limited to “life-threatening situations” and urged those in “volatile situtions” to move out of the county.
2.) Connecticut. Gun owners in Connecticut lined up to register certain guns and magazines this week. A new law, passed in the wake of the Newtown shooting, requires the registration of what the state deems “assault weapons” and magazines holding more than ten rounds. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which says the law is unconsitutional, still reminded gun owners of the law so they didn’t become felons on New Year’s Day.
Reaction on the Internet was pretty diverse. Ranging from the idea that Connecticut citizens who did register their guns were a “craven few [who] seem eager to give away their liberty” to more sympathetic views asking if the people calling them cowards would follow through on their beliefs and refuse to register their guns at the risk of becoming felons. The former group points to New York gun owners, many of whom completely ignored the requirement in the State’s controversial SAFE Act.
3.) DC. Gun re-registration came online in the Nation’s Capital this week. Everyone who has purchased a firearm since 1976 must re-register it for $48 and be photographed and fingerprinted like the criminals they are. The penalty for not doing so is a revoked registration, which makes the Citizen a felon for possessing an unregistered firearm. That “crime” carries a max penalty of a $10,000 fine and a year in jail. As the Washington Times notes:
The city has not made clear how it will enforce the law, but the police are in possession of all registrants’ home addresses so confiscation and arrests would be simple.
4.) SAFE Act. A Federal Court upheld a majority of the NY SAFE Act this week, save for the limit it placed on how many bullets can be in a magazine at one time. The 7-round limit, and three other provisions deemed “too vague” for residents to understand (involving “references to muzzle ‘breaks’” and pistols deemed “versions of automatic weapons”) were struck down in a ruling by US District Court Judge William Skretny.
5.) Detroit. The Armed Novelist brings this out-of-nowhere news. The head of Detroit’s police force suggested that armed Citizens may deter crime. In a remarkably candid press conference, Chief James Craig said “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.” He continued, “coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs , and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation. I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
Robert Steveonson, director of the Michigan Associate of Chiefs of Police, noted that “a lot of police officers have no problem at all with law-abiding citizens having guns.”
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said that his stance was purely an “emotional one.”
6.) Magpul. Ending months of speculation and complete silence, weapons accessory manufacturer Magpul announced that it is reloactaing its headquarters to Texas, and all other parts of its business to Wyoming. The company made headlines for announcing plans to move out of Colorado after sweeping gun control legislation was passed, including mag limits and an Assault Weapons Ban. The company is still looking at sites in Texas for its headquarters. In a related story, the company’s online store was quietly changed to show the release of its AK PMAG to be some time early this year.
7.) Armed Citizen. And finally the latest from the Armed Citizen file, this week taking place exclusively in Texas.
A homeowner in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill fatally shot an intruder who climed through a window on Christmas Eve. The intruder was identified as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven, the stepson of Cedar Hill mayor Rob Franke.
Another homeowner in the Fort Worth area shot an intruder in early December. After being shot, the suspect fled the home, but was eventually caught by police following the suspect’s blood trail. The suspect did survive his injuries.
Finally man in Amarillo, Texas attempting to steal a pickup truck was shot by the truck’s owner.. The truck’s owner found the suspect, 31-year-old Terry Lee Richardson, looking through the contents of his pickup and confronted him. Richardson reportedly tried to take the man’s gun but was shot in the process. Richardson was hospitalized and later arrested.