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Idaho Helicopter Shooter Goes to Trial

Posted on the 23 August 2012 by Mikeb302000
The Sacramento Bee reports
A north-central Idaho man who prosecutors say shot at a helicopter nearly two years ago is scheduled to stand trial in December.
58-year-old John Ross is set for a Dec. 4 trial in Shoshone County's 1st District Court on a felony charge of interfering with an aircraft. Ross pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this month.
Prosecutors say on Oct. 14, 2010, Ross fired four shots at a helicopter owned by Hillcrest Aircraft Co. of Lewiston, hitting it twice. The pilot, Earl Palmer, was doing controlled burn work over Potlatch Corp. land in northern Idaho at the time, and he was able to land safely.
I'm not sure what type of weapon Mr. Ross used, but some states consider this a serious enough threat that .50 cal sniper rifles are banned.
Do you think that's an unreasonable concern?   Would such a restriction violate the spirit of the 2nd Amendment? 
What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

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