Morning Shots | July 6, 2010

Rules, rules and more rules. (Argus Leader) It’s a wonder that anything gets built at all these days–or that anyone can afford it when it’s done.

One more town goes for high-capacity police rifles. (BrandonInfo) A troubling trend, though one understands the thinking behind it.

After the storm, be careful of any who offer to fix things. (KELO) Some folks simply don’t care about anyone else.

4 kids+1 ATV = Stimulating medical services economy. (KOTA) Don’t be stupid, people.

5 thoughts on “Morning Shots | July 6, 2010

  1. As for the police force having rifles, the only thing in the article that concerned me was the use of the term assualt rifle, granted, they possibly ARE full auto weapons, but I see the likelyhood of that being slim, ATF classifies an assualt rifle as among other things being full auto, my issued M4 (in the Marines) isn’t even full auto.

    1. Jonathan,

      I suppose I’m so inured to the use of “assault rifle” that I don’t remark on incorrect use of it. I don’t know if Brandon rifles are full auto, but Sioux Falls does have some full auto rifles. I’ve a request in with a fellow in Brandon who has friends on the force. I’ll let you know what we find out.

    1. Ivan,

      Your right in that regular civilians can’t because we are restricted to buying fully-automatic weapons which were built before May 1986. Due to increasing scarcity, those guns are now usually over $10,000 a piece.

      If I understand correctly, police departments don’t have this restriction. Therefore they could buy new-manufacture auto weapons (and some have). SWAT teams tend to be equipped with fully automatic weapons such as the P90.

      The actual cost of manufacturing the fire-control group for fully automatic vs semi-automatic would not make the weapon much more expensive.

      With all of that said, it is likely that these are semi-automatic. I’ve now heard through a friend of a friend that this is the case. I’ll update if anything changes.

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