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  1. I've shipped multiple handguns through UPS and Fedex hubs over the years (mainly through Fedex these days because its easier for me to get to, and I print my own label through my personal account). I always tell the person I hand the package to that I'm shipping a firearm, and I always get an "umm, OK" in response. They have never written anything down or entered any info into a computer, they just scan my label and throw the package onto a conveyor belt, so it seems that while we comply with the rules by declaring we're shipping a firearm, they don't do anything with this information or document it in any way. My concern is if the package is lost/stolen and I need to file a claim. General consensus appears to be that if you don't follow all of the carrier's rules (which include declaring the contents as a gun) they'll use that as an excuse to not honor the insurance claim. If the shipper doesn't document anything when we declare it, we can't prove we followed the rules. This seems to be more of a real-world concern for most of us than getting jammed up for legal issues when shipping. Anyone have any actual experiences with a lost gun and getting UPS or Fedex to pay the declared value?
  2. A cursory look at the quotes from NJ vs. Norman, above, seems to indicate quite definitely that NJ has charged and convicted someone for possessing an airsoft gun - which I assume means the court did determine it was a firearm (forgive me if I am misinterpreting this - I'm just going by the above quotes from the case). If this is so, even if it is only one case, it sets a precedent.
  3. Peter, as a former NJ LEO and federal LEO (and still an adjunct instructor at Bergen County Police Academy), having served as a firearms and use of force instructor, and having completed more advanced training in these subjects than I can keep track of with the state, feds, IALEFI, Gunsite, Lethal Force Institute, et al, I can state as an ABSOLUTE fact that law enforcement (as well as advanced level non-LEO shooters, via Gunsite and LFI) are taught Shoot to Stop. We are taught that in court we are to specify that we shot to stop, not to kill. The only justification to use deadly force is to stop an imminent lethal threat. Our goal is stop someone from doing something terminally bad, right here, right now. The fact that a shot likely to stop may be likely to kill, also, is completely incidental. (In reality, most gunshot wounds are not lethal anyway). LEOs are also required to render first aid after the threat has been neutralized and the scene is safe (non-LEOs are not required to do this). The only person who can legally take action with the "intent" to kill is the judge that imposes a death sentence and the corrections dept executioner who carries out the sentence.
  4. It is definitely a shame. Combat Handguns was one of the three gun magazines that I like enough to have subscriptions to (along with American Handgunner and SWAT). As far as digital stuff goes, I know I'm an old fogey but I can't get into electronic books and magazines. I like holding a paper magazine or book in my hands, circling interesting ads with a pen, dozing off with it on my chest, and easily flipping back & forth through the pages rather than "scroll up/down/left/right/re-size page/zoom." I am such an obsolete dinosaur!
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