I wrote a post a while ago on the AR-15s in the news, and it was kind of interesting the articles I found by searching. They’re hot, red hot pieces of of equipment. They’re all the rage, and now I suspect people are going hog wild again before the election – just in case.
I wanted to do another search just for curiosity’s sake. It’s interesting the stories I find. Take a gander at these stories from August, 2008:
- A company called 57 Center is making an interesting patent-pending 5.7x28mm upper receiver for AR-15/M16 lower receivers called the AR Five Seven (AR-57) that utilizes 50-round FN P90/PS90 PDW magazines. The article is here.
- A guy in Massachusetts is getting nailed hard. Check this:
“Manso, 67, was indicted yesterday on charges of possession of a large capacity firearm, four counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, four counts of possession of a firearm without proper identification card, and three counts of improper storage of a firearm.The charges date back to Dec. 26, when police entered Manso’s home at 18 Longnook Road to investigate a burglar alarm. They allegedly discovered a Browning .22 caliber rifle without a trigger lock, an unsecured and loaded Smith & Wesson revolver in a desk drawer, and a box of .22 caliber ammunition, according to court records. In the walk-in closet in the master bedroom, officers found a Colt AR-15 assault rifle with a 30-round magazine. The gun’s safety switch was on the fire setting, and there were seven rounds in the magazine, according to police.”
Yowzer! “Possession of a firearm without proper identification.” Read the article here. Another article on this story said the guy didn’t realize Massachusetts law was changed in 1998 that requires firearms “ID Cards” be renewed every 4 years instead of being valid for life.
- A cop in Oregon (Wollenschlaeger) pulls up to some guy and asks if he’s OK. The next thing you know the guy leaps into the car and attacks until the cop’s dog joins the fray.
Wollenschlaeger said the two shared a short conversation that went something like this:
“What’s the matter with you?”
“I’m high on mushrooms, dude.”
AR reference in this story? “Worse for the wear was his AR-15 patrol rifle in his patrol car, which he found later was jammed from the scuffle.” There, that should give some “ammo” (nyuck nyuck) to you AK enthusiasts. Read the article here.
- Kansas – news story – A shooting over the weekend in which a man was shot by Wichita police officers after he pointed a gun at them led to a small protest Thursday. Protesters claim the shooting was racially motivated. It’s a charge the Wichita Police Department adamantly denies. Wichita police say three officers fired at the man after he pulled a loaded AR-15 assault rifle with two magazines available and 16 rounds in each.
- Alaska – man bags rifle competition using an AR-15.
- North Carolina – security increased for football game after threats posted on the internet: Gastonia Police received a report of a post on Aug. 18 from someone claiming to be a rising senior who threatened to ignite propane bombs during a school assembly. “Then, I’m going to unload on the maggots with my .223 AR-15, my 12 gauge and my Glock 17,” wrote the poster.
Oregon – cops are finding lots of pot plants on farms, vineyards, and such – Agents have found in the vineyards an AK-47, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, an SKS Chinese assault rifle, and, Beghtol says, “a lot of handguns.”
- Vietnam – hunters use illegal guns – Over the past 10 days locals from the commune in Nui Thanh District reported that seven strangers with illegal guns, including AR15, AR16 and AKs, were shooting animals in the forest.
- Arkansas – hunter dispute – Court documents filed by prosecutors allege Reynolds confronted hunters during a dispute March 12 and fired an AR-15 assault rifle over one hunter’s head.
- Ohio – guns seized from home – Military-style weapons, shots in the night, a dust-up with police and several arrests haven’t fazed the head of the household where a teenage boy was spotted Tuesday night, July 29, with an assault rifle.
- Chicago – retired police officer charged with short-barreled AR-15
- South Carolina – guns and drugs seized – During the searches, authorities seized 2.5 pounds of marijuana valued at $3,500, 72 grams of cocaine valued at $7,200, 173 ecstacy pills valued at $3,460, 30 Valium pills valued at $180, 57 Xannax pills valued at $342, six marijuana plants valued at $12,000, $10,747 in cash, two AR15 assault rifles with 800 rounds of ammunition and one Glock pistol.
- California – gun collector faces charges for owning a Colt
- Chicago – officers to start carrying M4s
- Missouri – Boone County officers to carry AR-15s
- Texas – officers train for “worst-case scenario” with AR-15s
- Texas – drunk off-duty cop charged after pointing AR-15 at someone’s head during a party fight
- Texas – campaign ongoing to stop “straw purchases” – people with clean records buying guns for Mexican drug cartels
- California – two police officers charged with smuggling AR-15s into Mexico
– Ranger Man
BTW: “What IS an AR-15”, you ask? Learn the basics from a blonde: