Following the death of two NYPD officers that this show has reported, two more officers have been shot in the line of duty. Both officers are expected to survive. The details from the shooting are still sparse, but it does appear that one suspect is in custody AND that the officers were ambushed much like they were in the previous shooting. A $10,000 dollar reward has been offered for any information leading to the other suspect.
Several state legislatures could be moving soon on gun issues. The first is Colorado, where Republican lawmakers are seeking to repeal the state’s recently passed magazine capacity limits and the universal background checks. The state still has a Democratic governor and a General Assembly that has a narrow margin of Democrats. These laws caused two state representatives to be recalled and another to resign facing a recall. Colorado is facing a lawsuit over these new laws, which Colorado sheriffs have deemed “unenforceable.”
Texas is also primed to move on new gun legislation, specifically open carry laws. Several groups have planned a January 13th demonstration to coincide with the first day of the Legislature. One such group has elected to bring a Ghost Gunner machine and manufacture firearms on site. This has been met with some controversy, both in and out of the gun rights community. Governor Greg Abbott has said that if an open carry bill comes across his desk, he will sign it into law.
A gun store called “She’s a Pistol” in Kansas was the target of a robbery this week. Three armed men entered the store, shot one of the owners and punched his wife, the other owner, in the face. That owner drew her own firearm and returned fire. During the gun battle, she hit all three attackers, wounding two critically and the other much less severely. The owner who was originally shot died from related wounds at an area hospital. Police arrested four men. If they survive, they will likely face murder charges in addition to multiple other felonies.
Finally this week, we like to bring to you an interesting and slightly weird self-defense shooting. This story is all of those things, and was a pain to write up because it is slightly convoluted. This week in Missouri, 31-year-old David Cotner tried to rob a local store by handing the clerk a note that said “Give me all the money in the drawer.” As the clerk tried to enter the manager’s office, Cotner ran off. Someone in the store called 911, and the store owner followed Cotner to obtain a license plate number. Cotner entered the Walgreens next door and attempted to rob them as well. The owner from the mart adjacent to the Walgreens told Cotner to stop and showed Cotner his gun. When Cotner pointed a realistic-looking toy gun at the mart owner, the owner shot Cotner in the shoulder. Cotner has been apprehended and will recover.