Gun Shop Tips Police To Terror Plot

An AWOL soldier., a stockpile of explosives, and a plot to attack fellow soldiers. It all unfolded this week in Killeen – just an hour north of Austin. The suspected target was Ft. Hood, the nation’s largest military post.

The man now under arrest is Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo. He had recently applied for conscientious objector status – citing his Islamic faith – when the Army was about to send him to Afghanistan. But then he went AWOL, traveling to Texas from his home base in Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Just as he started his story about the “young man showing up here in a taxi cab” for a small crowd gathered at his counter, Greg Ebert was cut off by a a phone ringing beside him. He’d lost count of how many calls he’d already received on Thursday.

“I got it,” Ebert laughed. “Guns Galore. May I help you?”

A radio reporter was on the other line, keeping Ebert away from his work and on the air. Everyone wanted to hear how he helped bring down a terror plot against Ft. Hood.

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Mother Mistakes Small Gun for Cigarette Lighter

Rachel Avila, 30, of Banning, thought the .22-caliber North American Arms “derringer style” revolver was a cigarette lighter, police said. She pulled the trigger twice, the second time the gun fired, and the round ricocheted off the ground.

A 12-year-old girl was wounded by a ricocheting bullet Sunday evening in Banning, when her mother fired a tiny pistol she mistook for a cigarette lighter, police said.

Banning police described the incident as an accidental shooting. A photo of the revolver was released Wednesday by Banning police.

A “juvenile gunshot victim” was reported about 5:40 p.m. Sunday and officers responded to the emergency room at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning police said in a statement.

Rachel Avila, 30, told police she and her 12-year-old daughter, both of Banning, were talking with friends in front of their mobile home in the 100 block of North Phillips Avenue when Avila found what she thought was a novelty cigarette lighter, police said.

The lighter resembled a miniature firearm and it was lying on the ground, Avila told police.

Avila picked it up and tried to light it by pulling the trigger, police said.

The first time Avila pulled the trigger, nothing happened. The second time she pulled the trigger, a .22-caliber bullet was fired, police said.

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Ron Paul’s Citizens Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 2613

Texas congressman Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 2613, designed to remove schools from the list of ‘gun free zones’.

Take a moment to contact your U.S. House Representative and ask for them to cosponsor H.R. 2613. The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has a form you can fill out to email your U.S. House Representative if you’d like to use it.