I think this is a very bad precedent, regardless of what anyone thinks of Trapeni's actions. It must be defeated.
He should have fired into the ground but it's not likely a .22 bullet will harm anyone when it falls to the ground if fired straight up.
Regardless, the city is essentially saying they will fine anyone firing a gun regardless of the reason, and meanwhile, they're not even going after some of the thug criminals invading lately...
Last edited by NewHampshireNative2005; 09-09-2010 at 09:54 AM.
Fired straight up...unlikely to be dangerous, particularly a .22 handgun fired up...
1K fine is second offense.
The right to armed defense here extends to property. http://www.guncite.com/court/state/48vt636.html
And this right trumps any city ordinance.
I take it you're not aware of this incident: http://www.rutlandherald.com/article...STIN/100619989
That officer fired into the dark (he couldn't see his target) in a very dense residential area, towards houses ad near a school, denser than where Trapeni shot in the air. Yet he was given a pass. This is why this is important.
I do agree, Rutland is turning into a dumping ground for trash. Burlington too is that way these days. The police aren't taking it seriously in either city. Writing traffic tickets gets more priority than robberies, drug dealing, etc.
Last edited by CJ; 09-09-2010 at 12:29 PM.
Last edited by NewHampshireNative2005; 09-09-2010 at 02:54 PM.
How about this....one of the 4 major rules of gun safety. Finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.....in the air or straight into the ground is not the target.
Warning shots are totally assinine.
"My dedication to my country's flag rests on my ardent belief in this noblest of causes, equality for all. If my future rests under this earth rather than upon it, I fear not."
-Leopold Karpeles, US Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient
"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."
- General George S. Patton, Jr.
first two warning shots should be center mass, the third warning shot should be in the head.
Wonder what would happen if he would have just shot the guy. I am from Utah and the castle doc is in full affect.