Vet Reunited with Guns

A 70-year-old Vietnam vet who lives in central New York was visited by sheriff’s deputies at 9:30 p.m. one night in February. They had a court order claiming he’d been deemed mentally unfit, and under the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act or Brady Act—no one seems to agree which one triggered really the event—he had to surrender all of his firearms. Recently the vet was reunited with his guns.

Don Hall turned over two handguns and four long guns to the officers when they arrived, but none of it made sense. He hadn’t been committed or even seen a psychiatrist. In fact, his last visit to a hospital was four years ago to undergo testing for sleep apnea.

He engaged attorney John Panzone, and a followed his advice to collect statements from all four Utica, NY, hospitals attesting to the fact he wasn’t admitted or treated for any mental condition. The one he did visit, however, read back a slightly different social security number when he inquired about his records.

His lawyer told the New York Upstate it looks like another patient named Hall sought help for mental health issues in Oneida County. When the social security numbers were comingled between the two vastly different treatments, law enforcement was dispatched to confiscated the wrong man’s firearms.

The court ultimately recognized the error and reunited him with his firearms in July. Paying for legal counsel and patiently wading through the judicial process was frustrating for Hall. “I was guilty until I could prove myself innocent,” He said. “They don’t tell you why or what you supposedly did. It was just a bad screw-up.”

“I’m surprised it sailed through the way it did with a man who has a spotless record,” Panzone said. “To me, presumption of innocence is the foundation of our system, and this provision doesn’t allow for that.”

9 Reasons For RCMP Grenade Launchers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently misplaced a bag containing a 40 mm grenade launcher and electronics gear—along with a box of ammo—when the stuff "bounced off a truck" at British Columbia's Golden Ears Bridge, near Vancouver. A law-abiding citizen found the RCMP grenade launcher and returned the items, but not before the agency issued a public plea for help in locating the items.

The incident, however, begs a question: Why does the RCMP need grenade launchers? We'll start with the official claim and provide nine lesser known, "Hokey Smokes" reasons cartoon and movie sex symbol Dudley Do•Right might provide, if he really existed.

  1. The official explanation—To launch less-lethal projectiles and tear gas at unruly mobs
  2. Dudley Do•Right, however, has been known to use his to clear icy roads in Frostbite Falls from time to time
  3. He's also learned damsels in distress prefer their men to make explosive entrances
  4. Breaching dangerous sawmills
  5. Snidely Whiplash is still at large
  6. Finally forcing rabbits out of Bullwinkle's hat
  7. Tactical response to flying squirrel squadrons
  8. Adding color to the Northern lights since 1957
  9. Runaway Zambonis

As you can tell by the photo I took while on assignment one winter while at the north end of Quebec, those explosive colors in the Northern Lights are hard to explain. It could be someone is on the trigger of RCMP grenade launchers on clear, cold winter nights in the Great White North.

*Sturgeons Warning: If you took the bait on this fishy tale, you may also enjoy my alluring Solar Eclipse Facts for Shooters.





Solar Eclipse Facts For Shooters

The first total eclipse in 26 years to darken the United States mainland hits the beach today in Oregon. At about 2:50 p.m. it will swim off shore in South Carolina, making a cross country trek that hasn’t been seen in nearly 100 years. Countless stories have appeared about the event, but there have been no warnings about what shooters can expect if they’re at the range when the two minutes or so of darkness falls. Here are some things to keep in mind.

5. Pregnant women on the firing line will magically disappear—driven indoors by the ancient belief that direct exposure to an eclipse can be dangerous to an unborn child. Pregnant men are OK under a roofed firing line.

4. If you’re in the 2 1/2-minute, total-eclipse path, now’s the time to convince your friends you really ring steel at 1,000 yards—with your .22 LR.

3. The cumulative gravity when both celestial bodies are aligned—like Charlize Theron standing directly behind Kate Upton—is irresistible. So, tides raise and bullets travel further, although the added distance is statistically less significant than the odds of the average gun writer dating either starlet.

2. There’s no epidemic of zombies coming, despite the fact the black plague was allegedly “predicted” by the fabled 3 hour and 29 minute eclipse of 1345.

1. Indoor ranges won’t be affected.