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2 charged with accidentally shooting woman with machine gun
The Montana Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell, MT] ^ | Monday June 30, 2003 | staff report

Posted on 06/30/2003 11:18:43 AM PDT by archy

2 charged with accidentally shooting woman with machine gun

Two Polson-area boys are charged with felonies after they accidentally shot a woman with a machine gun Tuesday.

Lake County Undersheriff Mike Sargent said the boys, ages 13 and 16, were target practicing on Bisson Lane, south of Polson, when a shot went astray and struck a woman in the leg. She was in a field with her husband on a tractor, he said.

"They were out there, throwing rounds down," Sargent said.

The woman was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where she underwent surgery and is recovering, Sargent said.

Deputies Cory Anderson and Mike Carlson responded. They confiscated the .233-caliber Ruger mini-14. One of the boys' fathers has a permit to own the machine gun, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was notified because of the type of gun used in the accident, Sargent said.

The boys won't be identified because of their ages. At the end of the week, they were charged with felony criminal endangerment.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: ac556; banglist; classiii; fullauto; gb; machinegun; polson; ruger; titleii
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If I had *led* or begun the headline of a news story with a number back in my own newspaper days, I believe my editor would have shot me with a machinegun.
1 posted on 06/30/2003 11:18:43 AM PDT by archy
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To: archy; *bang_list; Joe Brower; Shooter 2.5; Squantos
Montana oops ping!
2 posted on 06/30/2003 11:21:46 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy; *bang_list
Either this reporter has their head up their typical arse in terming a Mini-14 an MG, or they are really referring to an AC-556.


3 posted on 06/30/2003 11:22:41 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: Joe Brower
That's exactly what I was thinking.
4 posted on 06/30/2003 11:23:38 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: archy
It's always fun until somebody gets shot.
5 posted on 06/30/2003 11:23:43 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: archy
Gun control advocates are licking their chops.
6 posted on 06/30/2003 11:24:44 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It's always fun until somebody gets shot.

And then it gets even funnier.

7 posted on 06/30/2003 11:24:49 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: archy
Since when is a Ruger mini-14 a machine gun?
8 posted on 06/30/2003 11:25:03 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (South-south-west, south, south-east, east....)
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To: Joe Brower
All presstitutes have their heads up their ass with regards to properly describing any firearm ........

Stay Safe Joe !

9 posted on 06/30/2003 11:25:31 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
thats my question, may look nasty but its still only a .223
10 posted on 06/30/2003 11:26:55 AM PDT by boxerblues (God bless the 101st and keep them safe)
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To: Joe Brower
Either this reporter has their head up their typical arse in terming a Mini-14

You left out the possibility of deliberate disinformation. This seems likely now that the media drumroll has started to make the semiauto ban permanent, and anything that makes the soccor moms hyperventilate about guns goes along with the media's agenda.

11 posted on 06/30/2003 11:27:22 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: archy
What are the chances that this Mini-14 is actually fully automatic (and therefore a "machine gun")?
12 posted on 06/30/2003 11:27:50 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
When I built and flew one of these little 2 seat amphibs was it an F14? Both carry two people and have wings!


13 posted on 06/30/2003 11:29:45 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Read Buddy's, (the labrador retriever), new book about the Clintons, "Living Hell")
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To: from occupied ga
True, true. Heck, I'm surprised they didn't just pull their usual fast one and just use the dreaded "AK 47" label. That always good for whipping the ignorant sucker-moms into an unthinking frenzy with bloody visions of Rambo movies.


14 posted on 06/30/2003 11:29:57 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: spodefly
Check this out: AC-556

Don't tell the ninja-goons at the ATF, but I can get my Mini-14 to empty a 30-round mag in about two seconds, from the shoulder, by simply using a variation of the tried-and-true "belt-loop" trick. Always good for effect, allowing for an adequate backstop.


15 posted on 06/30/2003 11:33:06 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: spodefly
What are the chances that this Mini-14 is actually fully automatic (and therefore a "machine gun")?

If it's a Ruger AC-556, the chances are very good, particularly if the *juveniles not identified due to their tender ages* are sons of a local cop or former cop. But I'm aware of at least one Title II dealer in Montana, and I'd be much more inclined to bet that a Montana sheriff's department and newspaper would get it right than their corresponding counterparts in New York or Los Angeles.

The full-auto Ruger AC-556 version of the Mini-14 goes for around $6000 from one NFA dealer in Maine I'm aware of, pricey, but not as steep as a more collectable early Thompson.

-archy-/-


16 posted on 06/30/2003 11:47:03 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Pretty little thang...ain't it
17 posted on 06/30/2003 11:51:21 AM PDT by montomike
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To: archy
Well, my God! The woman had a machine gun!!!!
19 posted on 06/30/2003 11:54:34 AM PDT by zook
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To: All
I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed. Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though.
20 posted on 06/30/2003 11:55:15 AM PDT by Company Man
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To: Flurry
Nice little aeroplane... poking around, I found this:

http://www.aeroadventureinc.com
21 posted on 06/30/2003 11:55:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Cold Warrior, draggin' his BAR into the sunset...)
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To: archy
Always be sure of your target and what's beyond it...

Not to mention, some adult supervision might have been in order considering the hardware involved.

Left and Right range limits, anyone? This doesn't sound like a ricochet, more like a loss of muzzle control...

22 posted on 06/30/2003 11:58:42 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: EricOKC
Doesnt there have to be intent for there to be a crime?

INAL, but I watch Law and Order.

If someone is injured as a result of negligence, it doesn't matter that the injury was unintentional. You might be thinking of the rules for homicide charges.

23 posted on 06/30/2003 12:02:14 PM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Company Man
"I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed. Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though."

I wondered about that, too. Whatever the weapon, these kids were not shooting safely, or such an incident would never have happened. Negligent Homicide, at least.

I don't care what the weapon was, and it probably was not a selective fire weapon, a woman has been shot. Careless firearms handling is a good enough reason for a Negligent Homicide charge, as far as I'm concerned.
24 posted on 06/30/2003 12:02:37 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: archy
They might be referring to a Mini-14 that’s been “converted.”

There used to be dozens of books that would tell you what you needed to do.

I had an uncle that was a gunsmith and machinist and he thought the various conversions were half-assed (for whatever reason) – he’d always say that the conversion was a good way to F-up a perfectly good rifle. But I doubt that ever stopped anyone from doing it.

26 posted on 06/30/2003 12:06:44 PM PDT by thatsnotnice
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To: MineralMan
My error. Since the woman was not killed, but only injured, there was no homicide. Reckless Endangerment sounds like the appropriate charge.

I hope the woman recovers fully from her leg wound. Were I her husband, the weapon involved would never fire again, and it would be unlikely that the boys would feel like doing target practice for a long, long time. You wouldn't shoot my wife, accidentally or intentionally, without paying a steep price.
27 posted on 06/30/2003 12:09:26 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan
Careless firearms handling is a good enough reason for a Negligent Homicide charge, as far as I'm concerned.

I always thought a homicide charge required the killing of someone. Whatever.

28 posted on 06/30/2003 12:10:22 PM PDT by thatsnotnice
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To: backhoe
Aventura II. I bought kit # 6 in Jan 96. Had her flying in June 96. She was red and white. The plane in photo is factory demo plane. I flew her for 8 hours before becoming a test pilot on N106DF. I flew her for 4 years and sold her in summer of 2000 (had two kids in college). The guy who bought her flew her for 2 months then made water landing with wheels down. He and passenger only got wet but plane was a total loss. I'm going to build something faster next time.
29 posted on 06/30/2003 12:10:58 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Read Buddy's, (the labrador retriever), new book about the Clintons, "Living Hell")
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To: EricOKC
"To me it just seems a little over the top to actually charge the kids with a crime when it was obviously an accident.
"

Yeah, what the heck...just give 'em a pat on the back. After all, it was just a leg wound. Feh!

This should never have happened. Someone didn't teach those boys proper range safety. Someone let them out with a rifle, unsupervised. A woman has a nasty gunshot wound.

Since these boys are juveniles, any charge will be as juveniles. I don't recommend letting them skate on this one, and I'll bet the woman and her husband aren't all that amused.

I can't imagine what my father would have done had it been me at 16 who "accidentally" shot a woman.
30 posted on 06/30/2003 12:13:03 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: thatsnotnice
"I always thought a homicide charge required the killing of someone. Whatever."

You're right. See my 27. It should be reckless endangerment, since the woman was shot in the leg. I read the story earlier, and had forgotten the details.
31 posted on 06/30/2003 12:14:19 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Flurry
Appreciate the info- a good friend of mine, the fella who taught me a lot about welding, machining, and mechanics, was keenly interested in building an ultralight. Unfortunately, a stroke felled him before it got any further than research. It sounded fascinating.

This was circa 1998- from a cursory glance at that page I surmise that powerplants have become a lot more sophisticated and refined.

32 posted on 06/30/2003 12:18:18 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: Joe Brower
A Ruger Mini-14 is not even close to being a machine gun! It's a varmint rifle, for God's sake, and only fires on semi-auto mode. These grabbers will make up ANYTHING!
33 posted on 06/30/2003 12:20:50 PM PDT by ought-six
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To: archy
A Min-14 is a machine gun? I don't think so.

"There will never outlaw your varmit rifle...they'll call it a machine gun first.
34 posted on 06/30/2003 12:21:26 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: Company Man
"I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed. Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though."

This is a forum of current events, not a Quilting & Crying tea party.
35 posted on 06/30/2003 12:22:47 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: Company Man
"I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed."

Welcome to FR.

Our perceived lack of empathy is a direct result of how such victims are typically only fodder for the anti-gun crusade. As far as "how cool the guns are", you need to read it again. The primary focus here has been the media's quite probable mislabeling of the firearm in order to further demonize guns in general. If that concept is new to you, then you haven't been paying attention.


37 posted on 06/30/2003 12:28:09 PM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: Company Man
I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed.

So... You're saying we should all be saying about how we "feel her pain"?

Are you sure you're on the right political web forum? The hand-wringing liberal sites are down the hall, second door on the left.

Look, if it would in any way help the woman for me to make public expressions of "empathy" for her, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But since in reality it would just be a useless exercise in "sharing my feelings", why bother?

I hadn't thought that I had to "share my feelings" where you can see them in order to prove I had some, but apparently I was mistaken. Or more to the point, maybe you're presuming *way* too much here.

Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though.

There was *ONE* (count 'em, *1*) comment expressing admiration for the firearm ("Pretty little thang...ain't it"), and that wasn't even in the "first 15" comments. Hallucinate much?

All the other comments focusing on the firearm were trying to figure out whether the article's decription of it might be accurate or not.

Turn off your bias and try again..

38 posted on 06/30/2003 12:28:47 PM PDT by Ichneumon
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To: PatrioticAmerican
"This is a forum of current events, not a Quilting & Crying tea party."

Yes, it is a forum for discussion of current events, which is what this person was doing. I suspect that you'd be singing a different song had it been your wife who was shot.

Discussion does not mean that everyone is going to agree with your particular position.
39 posted on 06/30/2003 12:32:16 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Ichneumon
"All the other comments focusing on the firearm were trying to figure out whether the article's decription of it might be accurate or not. "

The description was probably _not_ accurate. Most folks don't send 16-year-olds out to do target practice with full-auto firearms without supervision.

That said, that particular weapon lends itself to modification to being full auto capable, as has been pointed out by several folks here.

Bottom line is that these boys were careless with their weapon and a woman was injured. Had that woman been the wife or daughter of one of the posters here, we'd be hearing a different argument. Had the woman been killed, there are plenty of Freepers who would be calling for the death penalty. Had the boys been the children of illegal immigrants, there would be rants about closing the borders.

None of those things are the case. It's a couple of stupid kids, poorly trained in firearms safety, who caused an injury. The weapon didn't cause the injury. The shooter caused the injury.

Again, if it was your wife or daughter who had been shot, I suspect you'd feel differently and the discussion might be a different one.

40 posted on 06/30/2003 12:38:21 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: EricOKC
Did no one else notice this? True, it was a mistake that sure as hell shouldnt have happened, but, to charge them with a felony for what was obviously not intentional?

Perhaps the lawyers here can help. Doesnt there have to be intent for there to be a crime?

It's much more likely that the idea is to *overcharge* them initially, then later to drop the charges to misdemeanors, particularly if the victim is agreeable. That'd particularly be the case if the kids are the sons of a local cop or retired cop, another possible reason for keeping their names from being disclosed.

In that case, I'd expect the victim will quite happily go along with the program, the charges will be much-reduced, and ATF will defer any possible federal charges.

That's a very short story, and I smell a lot of details having been left out....

-archy-/-

41 posted on 06/30/2003 12:40:14 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Company Man
I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed. Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though.

You're not from Montana, are you? -archy-/-

42 posted on 06/30/2003 12:41:58 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Man...I bet you were the kid with all the cool toys growing up.
43 posted on 06/30/2003 12:43:06 PM PDT by I got the rope
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I observe that in 15 comments, not a single expression of empathy toward the innocent victim of this shootin' safari has been expressed. Lotsa talk about how cool the guns are though.

You would think that she would have better judgement. Why was she riding around in a tractor in the middle of a Live Fire Range? LOL.

44 posted on 06/30/2003 12:46:57 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: thatsnotnice
I had an uncle that was a gunsmith and machinist and he thought the various conversions were half-assed (for whatever reason) – he’d always say that the conversion was a good way to F-up a perfectly good rifle.

I have to agree. I once bought a used Savage 22 semi auto and the first time I tried to fire it, the weapon fired eight rounds full auto and then jammed. I took it to a good gunsmith who discoverd that someone had tried to convert it to fire fully auto. It cost me more to fix the darned thing than a new one would have cost.

45 posted on 06/30/2003 12:52:24 PM PDT by mbynack
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To: archy
2 charged with accidentally shooting woman with machine gun

The article doesn't say anything about the machine gun the woman was carrying. : )

46 posted on 06/30/2003 12:53:30 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Ruger made a few Mini-14's into FA rifles back in the late 70's and called them the AC-556.
47 posted on 06/30/2003 1:11:04 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: from occupied ga; boxerblues; spodefly
See my post #47.
48 posted on 06/30/2003 1:12:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: MineralMan
Maybe, maybe not. Most likely the woman was hit by a ricochet.
49 posted on 06/30/2003 1:16:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: PatrioticAmerican; ought-six
See my post #47.
50 posted on 06/30/2003 1:18:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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