October 2013 - Pg 9-Letters
Light Trigger Controversy–continued
Modifying grips, extending safeties, mag releases and mag wells are all explainable, and if you were ever on the stand, you would need to be able to calmly and rationally explain why you modified your gun. If you don’t feel comfortable with life in prison on the line doing battle with an experienced DA over these modifications you made to your gun (I carry a modified Glock with grip, sights, extended slide release and mag release all done to the Glock), then perhaps you need to rethink opening the door for the prosecution. Sure, we can have an expert like Massad Ayoob explain why people do these modifications, but I believe you should also be ready to explain them, in the event the judge denies the expert witness testimony. I am committed to explaining this to the jury, so it is not a big deal to me.
Regarding the light trigger though, a DA might be able to have a “hair trigger” argument stick if he was trying to prove you shot the individual not on purpose, but negligently and unintentionally. That is my issue with the less than 4 pound trigger. The bottom line is that we are all adults and can make our own choices. As long as your shooting was reasonably justified, we will defend you in court. It will just be harder if doors are opened that didn’t need to be opened. If I inherited a Wilson Combat CQB, I would send it back to Wilson for a heaver trigger, perhaps 4.5 pounds.
Gun Docket Proposal
A (Republican) Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt recently attempted to introduce a Senate Bill that would “create a special Armed Offender Docket for the prosecution of certain weapon offenses. Select judges, chosen by the circuit court of St. Louis, would have exclusively dealt with cases involving weapons. This docket would have given the court the tools it needs to consistently dispose of gun-related offenses in our area.” He ran out of time and SB448 was not introduced.
My initial reaction was that this would be a good thing, getting criminals committing crimes with guns off of the streets faster. I believe that the NRA is advocating something similar. However on further reflection, I can see this having a large negative effect in a law abiding armed citizen self-defense shooting. If this Armed Offender Docket were populated by rabidly anti-gun judges, and vindictive prosecutors, this could be a very bad thing to be caught up in if one were NOT a criminal, but charged with a crime anyway. Here is more info on the subject– gun court story.
My personal prejudice parallels your conclusion. We have to take extreme care that in our so-called “war on drugs,” “war on crime,” “war on terrorism” (pick a cause...) we do not sacrifice elemental personal freedoms. The truth is that you just can’t legislate risk out of this world, but it is awfully easy to lose sight of that!
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