Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Police Killings at Record Pace

The Guardian

The number of people killed by police in the United States during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday, according to a Guardian investigation, after two young black men were shot dead in New York City and Cincinnati.

Isiah Hampton, 19, was fatally shot by New York police department officers at an apartment building in the Bronx on Wednesday morning, according to police chiefs. His death followed that of Quandavier Hicks, 22, during a confrontation with Cincinnati officers at a house on Tuesday night.

Their names were added to The Counted, a project by the Guardian to report and crowd-source names and a series of other data on every death caused by law enforcement in the US this year. 

The federal government does not currently keep a comprehensive record of people killed by police. Instead the FBI runs a voluntary program to submit numbers of “justified homicides”.

The updated findings on fatalities so far this year means that the total is on track to exceed 1,000 by the end of 2015 – and that people are being killed by officers at more than twice the rate most recently detected by the much-criticised FBI system, which recorded 461 killed in 2013.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Accidental Shooting at Arizona Hunt Club Not Covered by Insurance

Scottsdale Insurance Co. is not obligated to indemnify a hunt club member who accidentally shot someone under terms of the club’s commercial general liability policy, an appeals court ruled.

While shooting at a deer from land leased by Northumberland Hunt Club, Timothy B. Johnson, a member of the club, unintentionally shot and injured Danny Ray Marks Jr., who was traveling on Route 642 adjacent to the land in Richmond County, Virginia, in January 2013, according to Monday’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, in Danny Ray Marks Jr. and Timothy B. Johnson v. Scottsdale Insurance Co.

Mr. Marks filed suit against Mr. Johnson in Virginia state court in December 2013. According to the complaint, Mr. Johnson, who had extensive firearm training and was familiar with the location, took a position about 75 yards from the highway, even though he knew or should have known his gun could shot further than 75 yards.

When Mr. Johnson shot in the direction of the highway, one of the pellets from his gun struck Mr. Marks in the head, according to the complaint.

In January 2014, Mr. Marks also filed suit against Scottsdale, Arizona-based Scottsdale Insurance, seeking a declaration it had a duty to indemnify Mr. Johnson.

Authorities Seize 3D Printed Assault Rifle From Two Oregon Felons

(image source: Gerry O'Brien H&N Editor)

Local news via Baldr

Today, we learn that two felons in Oregon were arrested and charged with illegally possessing firearms, one of which deputies believe was 3D printed. Nolan DeBell, 42, and Joshua Holloway, 27, were arrested three weeks ago on June 9 when deputies found a large number of illegally-modified and stolen firearms at their house in Chiloquin, Oregon. One of the weapons that was seized was an AR-15 assault rifle, which included a lower receiver that investigators now believe had been 3D printed. The lower receiver is of course a part of the gun that contains the firing mechanism, and is basically what makes the gun “work”.
“Being felons, they could not have purchased the lower receiver,” Detective Eric Shepherd of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office explained.

While there continues to be significant talks about making the 3D printing of certain gun parts and other weapons illegal, at the current time it is not. However, there are laws that restrict the possession of, or manufacturing of a firearm that is not detectible by a metal detector or airport security system. Because most desktop 3D printers fabricate objects out of plastic, this lower receiver most definitely would not have been picked up by a metal detector.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Florida Man Shoots and Kills Sleeping Wife in Tamarac Home, Calls it Accidental

Authorities are investigating after they say a man claimed he accidentally shot and killed his sleeping wife in their Tamarac home early Tuesday.

Jason Browdy, 35, told deputies he accidentally shot his wife, Monique Browdy, in the head as she lay in their bed, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sen. Chuck Schumer Vows Major Push to Get Gun Control Legislation Through Congress

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called for common-sense gun control laws after latest massacre in Charleston, S.C. 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called for common-sense gun control laws after latest massacre in Charleston, S.C. 

NY Daily News

Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed Sunday to make a major push to get new gun control legislation through Congress, connecting the Charleston massacre to other mass killings that have rocked the country.

“Everyone in the world scratches their heads and says what is wrong with America here,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, listing the Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo., and Virginia Tech mass killings.

Schumer proposed three components of “common-sense” legislation: increasing the strength of gun background checks, particularly to weed out mentally ill individuals; requiring background checks at gun shows, and cracking down on the flow of guns from the South to cities in the Northeast.

Michigan 3-Year-old Dead - Lengthy Investigation Underway

Local news

A 3-year-old boy was killed when he accidentally shot himself in Franklin Township Sunday according to Michigan State Police.

Jonathan Kaufman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accidental shooting happened around 1:30 p.m.

The child was alone inside the home and found a loaded .40 caliber handgun stored in a closet.  His father and older brother were outside.

The incident is under investigation by the Michigan State Police.