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Shapley wrote:Made in Montana: New Montana Law Makes Certain Guns and Ammo Exempt From Federal Regulation
Looks like a new battle over States' rights may be brewing.
Haggis@wk wrote:Among the shooting community of Texas (not an insignificant group) there is great interest in the similar Texas proposal. I plan to buy several when they start cranking them out.
If you were wondering what happens to 29-year-old men who still play with Lego, take Jeremy Bell as an example.
The partner at digital marketing company Teehan+Lax was surrounded by heavily armed tactical officers, cuffed and held against the wall of his Richmond St. W. office -- until, that is, the cops found the gun he had been holding in front of the window about 90 minutes earlier was a pile of blocks.
The BrickGun Semi-Automatic gun (purchased online from BrickGun, "designers and builders of the world's most realistic custom Lego weapon models") arrived at Bell's office Wednesday.
The lifetime Lego fan finished assembling his toy -- complete with build-it-yourself magazine -- at 5:40 p.m.
It was in one piece for about 10 minutes before it fell apart, he recalled yesterday.
But the tenant in an apartment about six metres across the way didn't see that last part. And so the tenant called the cops.
At about 7 p.m., as Bell and some colleagues played a video game, the Emergency Task Force moved in.
"They were screaming in the hallway for me to come out," Bell said. "When I went out there and I saw there was an officer kind of crouched down in the stairwell, it was clear what was going on."
Despite the very real guns pointed at him, Bell said he didn't fret.
"I'm not trafficking guns or selling drugs or anything like that, so as soon as I saw that these cops were legit, I was like, all right, this has got to be about this stupid gun."
Pressed up against the wall, his hands thrown in cuffs, Bell directed the cops to the pieces of fake gun sitting in a box by the window. Moments later, he was free.
"At least you have a story to tell now," he quoted one cop as saying.
The neighbour who called the cops tweeted an apology to Bell on Twitter and posted a note in his apartment window, Bell said.
"He's like, 'Sorry, dude, it looked real,' " Bell said.
No bad blood with the cops, either.
"A guy in an office with what appeared to be a gun, I get it, I appreciate it, I certainly cannot knock the way that they handled it," Bell said. "The stupid toy was purchased certainly not expecting this kind of fallout," he said. "I'm a sucker for Lego, always have been since I was a kid."
A co-worker said she saw at least 6 SWAT, 2 uniformed officers, 2 undercover and a chopper in the air. I’ve since been told that the surrounding streets were blocked off with five cop cars in total, two ambulances, and a dozen cops all taking positions of cover around the office.
.The number of gun permits issued in Massachusetts surged by more than 15 percent over the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of steady declines and marking a pronounced departure for a state known for its antigun sentiment
Haggis@wk wrote:Another reason we love our governor in Texas
analog wrote:that governor -
hmmm he carries a .380 pistol for snakes? He must be a crack shot; around here for snakes most folks use shot loads not hollow point.
Shapley wrote:Supreme Court Strikes Down Chicago Gun Ban!
“Today, the Privileges or Immunities Clause has risen from the grave. Only a plurality was willing to use the Due Process Clause to apply an individual right to the states. The crucial fifth vote was provided by Justice Thomas’ extensive fifty-six-page originalist opinion that rested solely on the Privileges or Immunities Clause. Neither Justice Alito for the plurality, nor Justices Stevens or Breyer in dissent, even attempted to impeach Justice Thomas’ analysis, which now stands uncontradicted in the Supreme Court Reports. Decades of academic research that has lead to a remarkable consensus among constitutional scholars that The Slaughter-House Cases was wrongly decided have now been vindicated. Only a remarkably tepid and barely defended assertion of stare decisis by Justice Alito now stands in the way of a complete restoration of the ‘lost’ Privileges or Immunities Clause at the heart of Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
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