Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hide the Breakables!

Our good friends at the Brookline Police Department are at it again. Behold, gentle readers, the joys of discretionary firearms licensing (aka: common-sense gun control).

From the Brookline TAB:

Reservist takes shot at gun delay

In the two years since he's been in the military reserves, the United States Army has trusted David Bardfield to carry and fire a weapon.

But the town of Brookline doesn't seem to have the same faith in the 28-year-old Army specialist.

No shit. No bloody shit. The town of Brookline barely trusts its residents to wipe their own ass without first declaring their bathroom an EPA Superfund clean-up site, and obtaining the proper permits, for Christ's sake. How could anybody expect the town to trust them with (gasp!) a handgun? Why, you could poke your eye out with one of those things.

Bardfield recently completed military police investigator course work at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Since 2003, he has been issued a military firearm on various occasions, including a handgun at Fort Devens in Ayer, where he worked on patrol. He also patrolled an Army base in Italy, where he was authorized to carry a pistol when he made his rounds.

But Bardfield has been waiting nearly four months for the town to grant him a license to participate in target practice to help sharpen his skills.

"It's very frustrating," said Bardfield. "I just want my license."

Yes, this is not about being issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public, but a permit to merely own a gun and store it in a locked container in one's own home.

Oh, but don't worry, the police have very good reasons for arbitrarily denying this upstanding, law-abiding citizen, and military reservist, his constitutional rights.

Bardfield said police told him last month that because his name appeared in a police incident report when he was a teenager, he is being denied a license - even though he was not arrested at the time.

He was 14 years old when he was picked up by police with a group of kids near Larz Anderson Park after one of the boys he was with pointed a loaded BB gun at a car. Bardfield said he was taken to the station and waited for his parents to pick him up.

Read those two paragraphs again. Let it sink in, because it gets worse. I always does.

But Bardfield said police told him last month that because the boy with the BB gun is now a Level 3 sex offender, his gun license was being denied "on the grounds I associate myself with felons."

Yes, friends, if anyone you went to junior high school with turned to a life of crime at any time after you "associated" with him (read: rode on the same fucking school bus with), you are now prohibited from owning a firearm in the Town of Brookline.

It's "for the children".

I don't know why the police don't just drag Mr. Bardfield's ass into court and charge him now for the murders they think he's going to commit should he ever get his gun license. They seem to have their airtight case all wrapped up and ready to present to the District Attorney's office.

Police told the TAB earlier this week, however, that Bardfield's license was not denied. Instead, they said his application was incomplete.

Why would that be, I wonder? Perhaps, he forgot to include several hundred dollars worth of memorabilia autographed by a certain local baseball legend.

Brookline Police Capt. John O'Leary would not say what about his application was incomplete, but said police sent a letter to his lawyer on Friday letting him know what he must do to complete the application.

Bardfield's lawyer, Keith Langer, believes his client has fulfilled all license requirements.

"His [the chief's] position is that the application is incomplete, and it is our position that the state requirements have been fully satisfied as well as those additionally proposed by the Brookline Police Department," said Langer.


Fuckers, fuckers, fuckers.

Pardon my language, but I'm too pissed to type too much more than that. Read the whole thing. Just don't say I didn't warn you about those breakable objects. I'll close with this quote from Mr. Bardfield's attorney.

"They [the Brookline Police] have a fairly well-established record" [of making it hard for people to get gun licenses], said Langer, and said the police are known to be "somewhat obstructionistic in their licensing practices."

Did I mention..."fuckers"?