Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round Up 1.22.15

Multiple choice quiz:

Which of the following four options is an irresponsible use of a firearm:

A. Self-defense

B. Target practice at a firing range

C. 3-volley salute at a military funeral

D.  Pointing a firearm at children and admonishing them for not picking up the trash

If you picked ‘D’, then congratulations, you’re not an asshole. If however, you think ‘D’ is an example of a responsible use of a firearm, as William Lee Brokar apparently does, then you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun:

Schools locked down for about an hour as a precaution Thursday while sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a man pointing a gun at two youth who declined to pick up trash in a vacant lot.

Deputies responded and initially couldn’t find the man.

They later located William Lee Brokar, 67, who matched the suspect description, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said Brokar told some kids to pick up trash in the vacant lot next to the community market. The youth went inside to report what happened.

Deputies arrested Brokar on charges of menacing, kidnapping, coercion, pointing a firearm at a person, carrying a concealed knife and carrying a concealed pistol.

The nearby school was locked down for about an hour.

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5-year-old Missouri boy kills 9-month-old brother with gun found in parents’ bedroom

[A 5]-year-old Missouri boy found a handgun and accidentally shot and killed his infant brother.

The boys’ mother initially told Nodaway County sheriff’s deputies the older boy had shot his 9-month-old brother in the head with a paintball gun, reported WDAF-TV.

But deputies determined the boy had found a loaded .22-caliber Magnum revolver on a shelf built into the headboard of the master bed.

The infant was in a playpen in the same room when he was shot, reported KCTV-TV.

The gun belonged to another family member and not the mother, authorities said.

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 Young girl hospitalized because her father is a gundamentalist who does not treat firearms seriously

Colleyville spokeswoman Mona Gandy said the girl’s father was showing visitors his handgun at his home on Douglas Avenue when the gun discharged just before midnight. The bullet went through a wall and struck his 10-year-old daughter, who was in another room, in the hand, Gandy said.

The girl’s mother drove her to a nearby emergency room in Colleyville and the girl was flown to the hospital for treatment, Gandy said.

Police arrested the girl’s father, Steven Johnson, 53, on a charge of injury to a child, Gandy said. Johnson is at Keller jail.

Wouldn’t a responsible gun owner ensure that the gun was not loaded before showing it off?

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Oath Keeper Sheriff  calls on New Yorkers to defy the law

Sheriff Thomas Lorey told a gathering of Oath Keepers that he volunteered Fulton County to take part in a pilot program for a new state system for updating handgun licenses.

“They’re going to send out 500 invitations in my county, and that’s all they are is invitations,” Lorey told the group. “The invitation is going to ask if you’d like to renew early and go online and get on their Facebook page or whatever it is and renew your permit. I’m asking everybody to gets those invitations to throw them in the garbage, because that’s where they belong.”

Lorey, an outspoken Second Amendment advocate, believes the law is unconstitutional.

“They go in the garbage because, for 100 years or more, since the inception of pistol permits, nobody’s ever been required to renew them,” the sheriff said. “It’s a ridiculous way that’s going to cost you money at some point in your life, even when though they say it isn’t.”

The NY SAFE Act, passed in 2013, requires all handgun permit holders to be recertified by 2018 and then update their permits every five years with their local county clerk or sheriff.

“I want everybody to understand if you get a letter like that, don’t do it,” Lorey said. “Let’s have everybody’s permit expire on the same day and let them see what they’re going to do with it.”

Oath Keepers are made up mostly of retired or active-duty law enforcement or military personnel who have pledged not to enforce or obey gun restrictions or other laws they deem unconstitutional.

Lorey said he expected a court to eventually strike down at least portions of the law, which has been challenged by gun-rights advocates.

“In the meantime, I want to assure you that everybody in Fulton County has nothing to fear from the sheriff’s office,” Lorey said. “We have real criminals and real crime to occupy our time with.”

Makes me wonder what other laws this sheriff chooses not to obey or enforce.

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 Florida 2-year-old fatally shoots himself after finding gun in dad’s car

The Pinellas County sheriff said 2-year-old Kaleb Ahles was placed in the car by his father about 4:45 p.m. as they moved out of their home, reported WFLA-TV.

The boy found a .380 caliber handgun his father kept in the vehicle, investigators said.

Kevin Ahles heard a gunshot, turned around, and saw his son bleeding from a wound to his chest, the sheriff said.

“It’s just one of those things that happens where everything lined up the wrong way where we had a 2 1/2-year-old that was able to take a gun, pick it up, turn it around, and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

The boy’s mother, Christina Nigro, and his aunt performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but the child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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