Fish Or Man

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Reading This Made My Eyes Misty

I happened to take a picture at Boomershoot 2005 which showed a shooter just after hitting a boomer. I got his email address and sent the picture to him. This is the reply I got;
Thanks for the picture! I am really glad you left out my cast. You were wondering if you caught the explosion in one of the pictures. Well, you can just see it going off. Great Shot! I enjoyed the Blog links, too.

I can show these to my mother (at 86, she does not need to know about my broken leg). She used to enjoy shooting and still does when I get back there.

It was a great weekend. Maybe we will meet again next year.

It is the little things that matter most. Or as that country song says, "That's the good stuff." Sniff, sniff.

Now everyone, please go take your mom shooting soon. She won't be 86 forever!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Jury Instruction No. 5

Wording taken from Ellensburg City Code 7.32.08;

"It is unlawful for any person to carry any pistol, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time or place that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons."


That blockquote is Instruction No. 5 in it's entirety. No exception for police, self-defense, military, ect.

I did get the officer on the witness stand to admit to seeing another officer aim a gun at a suspect and to say that that action warranted alarm for the safety of the suspect. I asked him if he cited the officer with the law I am cited with. He said no. When asked why, he said he believed police have an exception to this law. (Yet, it just isn't there).

The exception are in the state version of this law, RCW 9.41.270, but are not in the City Code. Thereby making the city code Unconstitutional on 2nd Amendment grounds, and nullified and void by WA state firearms preemption law, RCW 9.41.290.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Guilty

I was given the missing discovery 20 minutes before trial, I was asked if I needed more time to look at the additional evidence. I said, yes. Judge said you can listen to the recording again, "what do you need, another 15 minutes?" So, the jury trial took place. In picking the jury the prosecutor removed the three that admitted to being pro-second amendment.

Anyway... sentencing is scheduled for June 2nd at 9am. In the meantime, I will be working on the appeal process, (thirty days to file notice of appeal and get the ball rolling). Still a question if the 2nd Amendment Foundation will help with the appeal... (they told me to call back if I was convicted).

Tired... long day and I've got 3 1/2 hours till home.


Update: This is the verdict from the Ellensburg City charge, brought from the June 1st, 2004 citation of carrying a gun in Fred Meyer, (Details here). The Spokane charges, dealing with carrying the gun in a vehicle and wreckless driving, ended a couple months ago with a plea deal, (reduced from the two criminal charges, to two traffic infractions).

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Door-to-door in Maine?

Via TriggerFinger:
"...Maine is considered a .50 ban that would not only ban future purchases, but also confiscate existing firearms and ammunition..."

Monday, May 02, 2005

Interesting

A fairly old thread at The High Road about the Ellensburg charges against me for open carrying was restarted by Kenneth from Ellensburg.

Thanks Kenneth, (and others posting over on The High Road).

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Boomershoot 2005


Sierra, (Mrs FishOrMan), and Joe working on making reactive targets on Saturday.



Getting the reactive targets properly packaged.



Jason and Joe checking the "recipe"



Shooters preparing during the rifle clinic



Taking pointers from our military experts during the rifle clinic




Spotter seen guiding the shooter into the targets, distance 375 yards!




Minutes of angle, favor right, hold center... all code words meaning 'FREEDOM'




The final touches for the reactive targets are being completed Saturday afternoon.




Saturday evening dinner, awards and speech




Sunday morning, Welcome shooters!





Boomershoot 2005 has begun




Let the BOOMING begin!





The weather was fantastic!





Great weather for Boomershoot? Yeah, right... when bowling balls fly, (and anvils too).






Sierra finding her boomer. (THANKS JOE!)





The Evening Magazine newsreporter also received a quick clinic from Joe, (and a very large BOOM on the first shot). Good job, Joe!




You KNOW you hit it, when it BLOWS UP!





One Shot, One Boom





And for this beautiful lady it was two shots, two booms. (That's right, TWO in a row at 375 yards!) AWESOME!





Open sight challenge





And pistol insanity...





The end to an awesome day, Boomer hunting! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and dirt in your teeth!





Need I say more?





This may prove to be the most important "shot" of Boomershoot 2005. Another use for your homeland defense gun receives favorable media coverage, (and you thought Joe was just in it for the money).

Thanks for making it happen Joe!