Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Walmart worker shoots co-worker over 'easier' position

46-year-old Justine Boyd, works at the Walmart in Neenah, Wisconsin. Boyd has a concealed weapons permit and was carrying a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun when she recently shot a co-worker.
Boyd shot 56-year-old Sharon Goffard in the abdomen from about 6 feet away.
According to the district attorney, "It appears to be, from all evidence I've seen, an isolated incident between these two regarding what looks like a dispute over positions at the Walmart."
Goffard's boyfriend told reporters that Boyd had recently confronted Goffard about her new position in the liquor department, which Boyd deemed to be easier.
In addition to the handgun used to shoot Goffard, police found a Taurus Rossi .38 special revolver in Boyd's bag.
Boyd has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Goffard was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Handguns seized at Orlando airport from Florida concealed weapons permit holders

61-year-old Stephen Miley admitted that he had a handgun in his carry-on bag when stopped by TSA officers at the Orlando International Airport. According to the arrest report he said "he did not mean to bring his gun into the checkpoint" and "he produced a State of Florida concealed weapon permit." Miley was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm in a place prohibited by law.
According to airport officials, the majority of people arrested for carrying firearms in their carry-on luggage have state concealed weapons permits. So far this year 23 guns have been seized at the Orlando airport, 26 guns each have been seized at Tampa and Fort Lauderdale and 15 each at Jacksonville and Miami.
Nationwide, the TSA has reported a 30 percent increase over the same period last year of passengers trying to go through security with guns. Last year TSA found 1,549 firearms on passengers, which was up 17 percent from the year before.
The most common excuse offered by passengers is "I forgot it was there." But if someone is given a permit to carry a loaded, hidden handgun in public don't they also have an obligation to know where that gun is at all times? To forget where your loaded, unlocked handgun is is inexcusable.
Jimmy Taylor, a sociology professor who writes about the nation's gun culture, finds it hard to believe airline passengers forget they're carrying guns. "My wife and I check on things like eye drops and Chapstick to see if we're allowed to take them on a plane, so it's a little difficult to imagine that you aren't checking the policies about your loaded firearm before you get to the airport."