Up until 2012, the confiscated firearms were destroyed.
Now, the guns are sold to licensed dealers if they cannot be returned to their lawful owners (if they're stolen). The money generated by the sales goes to the state. I'm not sure if firearms used in homicides are ever 'cleared' to be sold, destroyed, or permanently frozen in a evidence locker.posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 13:17
Makes you wonder if some of the victims in Boston will attempt to sue the retailer who sold the pressure cookers. These are the type of people that sue McDonalds for making them fat.posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 16:37
[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Carrying a round chambered is foolish 99% of the time. [/quote]
Disagree. If a perp ever approached you in a threatening manner wielding a knife or other weapon, you think he'll pause long enough to let you chamber a round? Maybe if you ask nicely? Not likely. An unchambered firearm is equivalent to a rock.
What's foolish is people carrying that have no business doing it. Firearms are dangerous in the hands of the uneducated and untrained....and of course the criminal minded. Also the correct holster goes a long way in keeping you safe while carrying as well as the people around you.
This teacher obviously made a wrong move and somehow pulled the trigger enough to allow it to discharge. Still an accident, but completely avoidable. A proper, custom-fit concealment holster will prevent such mishaps.posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 20:09
C'mon people. There's signs at both car washes in Athens that clearly state YOU are responsible of any valuables (this includes firearms) left in YOUR vehicle. Any time I take my vehicle anywhere for any reason that allows someone else to drive it, I ALWAYS take my pistol with me...never do I leave it in the vehicle. I have a holster that stays in the console just for such instances that allows me to carry it on my person, concealed.
Securing your firearm at all times is just another part of being a responsible gun owner. I don't care what type of reputation a business has with regard to having honest employees. You have to realize that management and owners can't babysit and watch all their employees 100% of the time. Bottom lines to not trust anyone with your valuables.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 19:27
Prayers to her family and loved ones.
PS, 2 errors with the story. #1 There is no Golden Pantry in Eatonton. #2, the truck was a Dodge Ram, not a Chevrolet.posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 20:01
Sgt Ben Dickerson and myself shared the same stomping grounds growing up. I can attest to the caliber person he is. Although I was surprised to find out when he originally went into law enforcement, I knew he'd excel in the life of a LEO. Congrats Ben and keep up the good work!posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:27
@mpd0.59: I'm a little confused about whether you understand the current law. Any alcohol retailer (including Walmart) MUST purchase from a wholesale distributor already. There is no brewer-to-retail sales. It is also unlawful for a retailer to buy or transfer beer from one address/account to another (state licenses are per address).posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 15:19
[quote][b]Chief Weems[/b] - Shopping centers and the like posting no firearms allowed signs does not make carrying into such places illegal. This is true of the current law as well as the new stuff beginning on July 1.
A person does have to leave if told to do so by an authorized representative of the property. At that point it is a criminal trespass issue but not an illegal carry issue.
If the said person refuses to leave the premises upon request, is the charge of criminal trespass upgraded to committing a crime while possessing a firearm (even though criminal trespass is a misdemeanor)? In all reality....I'd think it's best for the person to leave immediately upon request without question.
For anyone who is curious about the laws...
The above is a link to GA gun laws. Anybody interested can read the laws as they are written. However, sometimes these laws are difficult to comprehend. If you have a question, it's better to not assume and ask an official who knows.posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 20:16
Spoken by someone who's never been in the shoes of a downtown vendor. Some of these bars get 200+ cases of beer from just one distributor. 'Small-vehicle' delivery service would not be feasible. It would double...maybe even triple the time it would 'normally' take to make a delivery to just one business. Then you'll have an army of 'small vehicles' jockeying for loading zones and the problem wouldn't be any better.
Also look at it from a distributor's prospective. Additional vehicles mean additional fuel costs, man power, and more possibility to be a liability. If you were the one paying the employees and the fuel bill, additional vehicles wouldn't be an option.
When these beer trucks park, they generally try to knock out as many accounts as possible from that one parking spot. I'm sure they would LOVE for the businesses to have someone available to meet them early in the morning to accept deliveries. But that isn't likely going to happen. You can't expect a bar employee (or owner) to leave/close the bar after 2:AM, only to return to accept their deliveries before noon. Not to mention, none of these vendors run the same schedule.
Reconfiguring the loading zones by adding more would help the congestion tremendously, in my opinion. And YES, I've been there. I used to work the downtown beat for one of the big local distributors. The Commissioner maybe should listen to Mark Bell. He's been in the game long enough to know what he's talking about....also a good guy to do business with.posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 19:12
The anti-gunners need to take a chill pill. This law isn't going to create any more crimes with firearms. What it CAN (and likely) do is stop would-be criminals who plan on using a firearm to commit a crime. Whether a law abiding gun toting citizen stops a forcible felony with lethal force, or whether it changes a thug's mind from carrying out a malice act in what used to be a gun-free zone. In either scenario, the law will be considered successful.
For me personally, it won't change anything. I've had a GWC license for 14 years and will continue to carry in the places that I always have. I suspect criminals will continue to carry their guns, too....illegally. Laws don't matter to them anyway. The way I see it, it puts us law abiding citizens on a level playing field.posted @ Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 13:15
@franklingrady: OK, so let's use the numbers you posted. After all, numbers don't lie, right? According to the numbers YOU posted, you have 300,000,000 (Three hundred MILLION) civilian firearms circulating in the US. You said there are 30,000 (Thirty thousand) gun deaths in the US each year. Using those numbers gun deaths are just 0.0001% of the actual guns circulating. And you think guns are a problem????
Per the FBI crime statistic database, there are FAR more people killed each year with "hands, feet, and fists" than ALL firearm deaths combined. This includes rifles, pistols, revolvers, and shotguns.
Now take guns out of the equation and talk about all homicides...period (People killing people regardless of the method). Again, firearms are just a small percentage. NUMBERS DON'T LIE. Look at the facts before you shoot off some nonsense you don't know about.posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 19:43
[quote][b]Humbucker bob[/b] - @hang em high: you need a drivers license to drive and a fishing license to fish and a hunting license to hunt. I think it is reasonable to have a license for your gun, and perhaps liability insurance too, in case you do something stupid with it.
All the things you listed are 'privileges'. The state gov't actually has a say-so on who can drive, hunt or fish on gov't operated roads, forests, and lakes. On private property, you don't even need licenses to do these activities.
The RIGHT to bare arms is exactly that....a Constitutional RIGHT. A state cannot infringe on the constitutional rights. And I agree, gun registration will eventually lead to confiscation.
As far as the story goes, I also agree with hang em high. If the courts would actually PUNISH criminals by making them serve their entire sentence, we might get somewhere. As you can tell by my screen name, I'm all for 'good guys with guns', but I'm in favor of stiffer penalties for crimes involving firearms. This particular thug should have never been 'out on parole'.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:27
@oconeefellow: If only it was that easy. Benefit receivers are allowed to buy pretty much ANY edible product....the only exception is cooked/ready to eat food from a deli....in a store. I see countless people buying junk food, candy, energy drinks, etc. on their EBT card. The system needs to be 'fixed' to where ONLY nutritious/healthy foods are eligible. Little Debby cakes and Monster energy drinks are hardly on any 'nutritious' list. Nobody on that type of diet is going to lose weight.
I have also, personally, witnessed alcohol being purchased with an EBT card. The cashier just rings the item up under a different category. I reported what I saw and nothing was ever done about it as far as I know.
Another vote for drug testing benefit receivers here....as well as mandatory proof of identification for people using the card.posted @ Friday, February 7, 2014 - 17:57
@Anonymous Dude: Where in the article does it say he 'brandished' the weapon? Do you even know what the word means? Even if he had it in his hand, unholstered, he still isn't brandishing it unless he's waving it around in a threatening manner.
@OCCountry: Sadly, 'safe' places to shop are few in far between in today's world. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.
@Logical: Might want to just start carrying a puke bag with you. You might be surprised to actually know how many of us (legit) gun toting nitwits are among high and mighty liberals like yourself.posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 18:55
You can't erase history whether you agree with the events or not. No sense in removing the statue forever. It should be in a historical site and preserved.posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 23:16
People need to be more responsible with their firearms. These kinds of incidents blanket all of us gun toters as irresponsible citizens by the liberal gun grabbers. Anytime one of my guns isn't on me, it's locked securely in my safe.posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:55
As many death threats as the man has had since the not guilty verdict, I'm surprised he doesn't have a .50-cal turret mounted on top of his SUV. I also agree, 5 guns and just 100 rounds of ammo is Mickey Mouse levels. I'd hate to live in his shoes...posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:30
"The suspect, who rode up on a bicycle, was described as a black male with a muscular build"
Deebo?????posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 20:12
"He sentenced Barnett to serve 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation."
Nowhere near what he deserves.
I'm willing to bet the mother knew Barnett had a violent personality...yet she stayed and subjected the child to his behavior. She doesn't deserve custody of the child, either.posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:28
@davidxto: You would think the state would randomly audit retailers....and wholesalers alike. The fact is, they rarely do 'random' audits. Basically, the state has to receive complaints before they come out and ransack the establishment. My guess is, nobody has called to complain/report about El Paisano to the 'right' people. Otherwise, I'd think they'd been history long ago.posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 18:04
@davidxto: Here's some facts. The owner of El Paisano also has financial interests in Chase Street Liquor store. This is likely his source to supply alcohol to El Paisano....which according to GA Dept of Revenue is illegal. According to law, any establishment that sells alcohol for on premise or off-premise consumption MUST purchase it from a licensed wholesaler. You CANNOT legally buy alcohol from a retailer and resell the product....period.
I can tell you for 100% fact, El Paisano does not buy from a licensed wholesaler. Don't believe me? Ride downtown during the day and look for a Miller, Coors, or Bud delivery truck. Ask the driver when the last time they made a delivery to El Paisano.....yet this place sells all three products. All the state needs to do is audit this establishment and require them to show their invoices (they are required to keep) where they bought their product from a wholesale distributor. If they can't produce these invoices, they're done.posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 20:26
Someone close to his family told me today that he had skipped out on a hunting trip due to not feeling well over the weekend. They're speculating possibly a massive heart attack as it was very sudden. Way too young to die. RIP Mr. Adams. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 20:03
Yet again, the media doesn't tell the entire story.
The charges will likely be dropped once the truth is told in court.posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 18:33
Pretty sure these people owned the Spitfire Restaurant in Winder. God help their families.posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 17:13
For those who don't know, Chance is the son of the late Chip McClure who was a coach for Commerce High School that passed away last Sept. Certainly sounds like this young man is following along in his father's footsteps. Chip is considered a legend in the Commerce school system and community as an outstanding football player and wrestler. Keep up the good work, Chance!!posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 18:27
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