Tennessee Gun Report

At least one, possibly two accidental shootings this week. Enjoy (said with sarcasm).

May 28, 2014:

• A 70-year-old man has been arrested for animal cruelty after shooting at two Hendersonville dogs, killing one.

• May 27, 2014:

1- A Greeneville teenager has been charged with pointing a shotgun at a three-month-old baby.

2- A belligerent Nashville bar patron brandished a gun and threatened to shoot a server in the face. Alcohol was involved. Guns-in-bars FAIL.

• May 23, 2014:

An 18-year-old has [finally] been charged in the accidental shooting death of his 17-year-old friend in an incident which occurred almost a year ago:

Relatives said Skyler Boring, 17, was shot in the chest on May 28, 2013 while he and some friends were playing with guns. Police responded to the residence, but learned Boring was already being taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle.

The individual charged has not been named. He was 17 at the time of the shooting. Gotta wonder where these kids got a gun and if some adult/parent-type shouldn’t also be charged. I dunno, not familiar with the case but it seems like minors in possession of guns and playing with it unsupervised should require some adult-type accountability, too.

• May 22, 2014:

A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot they had not one but two loaded guns in their carry-on bag when going through TSA at the Nashville International Airport. So responsible to forget where you left your loaded guns, y’all.

• May 21, 2014:

1- A gun accidentally fired inside a Memphis movie theater:

Memphis Police say 63-year-old movie-goer George Gholson had a loaded .38 in his pocket, un-holstered, without a trigger guard.

It fired when it fell onto the floor during the show. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Police say an off-duty officer happened to witness the incident to which Gholson later confessed.

Gholson is not only accused of violating the law but Malco’s policy regarding weapons.

Signs are clearly posted at the entrance and the state law cited supersedes Gholson’s handgun carry permit.

Most responsible ever, etc. etc. BTW, according to other reports the incident occurred during a showing of “Godzilla.”

2- A Johnson City 16-year-old was shot in the leg, then lied to police about how it happened. Piss-poor reporting by the Johnson City Press here but it seems obvious the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted. However, the newspaper says because the person involved is a minor there was very little information released.

• May 20, 2014:

Our Nashville CBS affiliate flogged this report all week about a guy who has a fully-operational Saladin tank:

The Saladin has two fully-operational 30-caliber guns and a 76-millimeter main gun. It can travel at speeds up to 45 miles per hour and it is fully street legal. But you won’t want to drive far: it only gets 3-miles to the gallon.

Arnett said restoring the vehicle was a hobby. Now, he hopes to use it in parades and for educational purposes. If he can get the insurance he’d like to give children rides on it.

Gee, I’m surprised he didn’t say he uses those guns for hunting.

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7 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Joseph Stans

    The server: “created a scene”. How quaint: A drunk gun fondler threatens a server with a gun. That is not a scene. That is assault with a deadly weapon. If the gun had discharged would that be an “Oops!” in TN?

  2. Been getting your blog emailed to me for a while now and just want to let you know how much I appreciate what you do. Also enjoy your sense of humor in an often senseless world. You’re doing important stuff. Please keep up the good work. Nice to know there are people like you around when I’m fending off gun idiots on Facebook. :-)

  3. Phantom 309

    “the incident occurred during a showing of “Godzilla.”” Well…that old Godziller is pretty scary!

  4. greennotGreen

    I’m actually okay with someone owning a tank…provided the runs have no ammo (and I’ll bet Walmart doesn’t carry tank ammo) AND the guns are disabled – maybe something as simple as a Masterlock on the firing mechanism. I think driving a tank would be pretty cool, but I’m not sure I’d want to chip in for gas.

    • “…provided the runs have no ammo (and I’ll bet Walmart doesn’t carry tank ammo) AND the guns are disabled…” Not the case in this instance, unfortunately, because FREEDOM and REASONS…

  5. Street legal tanks are about as rare as hen’s teeth. Most of them don’t pass safety inspection requirements and they are dangerous as hell to other vehicles. I have seen the local USMC guys in an amphib that they brought to Toys-for-Tots a while back. It was snowing and the only way to pilot the thing was to be erect in the open hatch. That is, by definition, a tough job.

  6. Bitter Scribe

    “Alcohol was involved.”

    Have you considered putting that on a macro? It would probably save you a lot of time.