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Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1173 1173

Correct. The .40 caliber is a common popular size for many handguns now that gives a little more punch than the slightly smaller 9mm. Not surprising someone in the press would get it wrong, or even that an upset person being interviewed would screw up the description.

Comment Re:I agree with the shooter (Score 1) 1173 1173

I don't have a problem with the cops doing their duty, which it appears they did. I hope the court recognizes that the guy doing the shooting didn't endanger anyone, and that the charges are hence dismissed with a warning. Since you asked would I like to see that law changed, I am definitely saying, "Yes, I'd like to be able to use a shotgun or other firearm legally if in a safe manner I am defending my property, life, or privacy, and if laws prevent that, I'd like to see them changed." As it happens I live near a prison facility in a suburban area and neighbors are aware of it. Also, neighbors occasionally use firearms as pest control and though it's technically against the law we want the right even in a non-survival scenario. Local customs, I supposed?

Comment Re:I agree with the shooter (Score 3, Insightful) 1173 1173

Generally those laws are not about safety from falling birdshot. Yes, I have no problem with birdshot (non-lead) being legal to fire from shotguns on my property in an otherwise safe manner. And birdshot is safe to shoot towards the sky in residential areas.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1173 1173

I would argue that there still exists some danger for personal injury or property damage wherever they land.

Many municipalities not run by pansies understand what birdshot is and permit its use from shotguns. The reasons for outlawing it have nothing to do with safety issues and everything to do with people being afraid of guns.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1173 1173

IANAL. In Pennsylvania, the porch is considered part of the "castle". The drone left, then returned, indicating a persistent violation of the space. Not sure whether a drone over the porch qualifies. But, as the firearms safety instructor said, that is something the courts will likely decide.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 5, Informative) 1173 1173

In some states, castle doctrine applies outside of the boundaries of the home. Also, if someone leaves a recording device on your property in an area where you have an expectation of privacy, you would generally be assumed to have a right to destroy it if it were on the ground.

Comment Re:What they really said (Score 1) 93 93

I think the USD could get a lot worse before people start thinking about getting rid of it.

That's certainly true. And it's probably very similar to what some Brits said in early 1900s, when the Pound was the global reserve currency. But people will want an alternative, and a number of cryptocurrencies might reasonably be held as a hedge against dollar decline.

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir