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OK: Pol wants “emergency” victim disarmament

Source: Channel Oklahoma
Posted on 04.28.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An Oklahoma legislator said he hopes to make some changes to a new law that makes it illegal for authorities to confiscate weapons during a state of emergency. State Rep. Mike Shelton said House Bill 2696 has placed the power of the law into the wrong hands. ‘During states of emergency, I think police need total control. They don’t need to worry who has guns and who doesn’t. If the governor calls for Oklahomans to relinquish their guns, the public needs to do so,’ Shelton said. … Shelton said his battle is not over, and he intends not only to ask the governor to veto HB2696 but also to overturn the stand-your-ground bill.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/9023840/detail.html

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NY: Students may form campus militia

Source: New Paltz Oracle
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A group of students, including Senators Brian Gold and Dan Curtis, Executive Secretary of the Senate Michael Peters, Senate Chair Justin Holmes and Student Association President R.J. Partington III, is in the process of forming a potential student militia. … The main purpose of the militia is ‘to provide a defense organization for the student body of SUNY New Paltz,’ according to wikipaltz.com. ‘Composed of students, it will exist to protect the rights and interests of students against all enemies, internal and external.’ According to the Web site, the militia will also be established as a protection of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ensuring the necessity of the right to bear arms.” (04/28/06)


Link: http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/article.cfm?id=2421

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IL: Self-defense law would trump gun bans

Source: About Chicago
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Last December, Morio Billings, a 31-year-old career criminal from Chicago, broke into Wilmette resident’s Hale DeMar’s home and stole some house keys and a car. Less than 24 hours later, Billings was inside DeMar’s house again, trying to see what else he could find. What he found was DeMar holding a handgun. DeMar, who shot Billings in the shoulder and calf, has not been charged for the shooting (Cook County prosecutors have determined it was justified), but he has been charged with violating the village of Wilmette’s ban on handguns, as well as for failing to renew his Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card. He could serve up to a year in jail. Now, a Downstate Democrat, 117th District State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), who called DeMar a ‘law-abiding citizen,’ has introduced HB 4075, which would override local handgun bans when the handguns are used in self-defense.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://chicago.about.com/cs/governmen1/a/012904_handguns.htm

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CT: Gun thugs bust dealer on record-keeping

Source: Connecticut Post
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“One of the state’s biggest gun dealers was arrested after federal agents say they uncovered numerous record-keeping violations at his shop, including the sale of three guns to a person charged with a felony. … D’Andrea, a lifelong area resident who graduated from Harding High School and is a Marine Corps veteran, has operated a gun store for about 30 years at various sites. While D’Andrea has cooperated with the federal government in several cases over the years, authorities said, he also has been an outspoken critic of restrictive gun laws.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.connpost.com/ci_3756903

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AZ: Senators fail to override gun seizure veto

Source: Arizona Star
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“State senators failed by one vote Wednesday to override Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto of legislation to trim gubernatorial powers to seize weapons. The 19-10 vote — one vote short of the necessary two-thirds margin — came even after Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix, speculated that Napolitano vetoed the measure so she could use her emergency powers to take weapons away from members of the Minuteman Project patrolling the Mexican border. Sen. Marsha Arzberger, D-Willcox, bolted party loyalty and agreed to override the Democratic governor. Another Democrat whose district includes a large stretch of rural Arizona, Rebecca Rios of Apache Junction, left the floor before the vote was cast. But enough other Democrats who voted for the bill last month, when there were sufficient votes in both the House and Senate to override a veto, switched their position Wednesday to narrowly keep from handing Napolitano her first override defeat.” [editor’s note: How can you “trim” a non-existent power? - TLK] (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/126550

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FL: Self-defense claimed in shooting

Source: Gainseville News
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Dixie County woman told investigators she fatally shot her boyfriend Tuesday night to protect herself and her children. Deputies were called to a home in the Forest Hills neighborhood, north of Old Town off State Road 349, shortly before 11 p.m. and found the body of Craig Wells, 45, according to the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. Wells appeared to have two gunshot wounds in his chest. Wells’ girlfriend, Tonda Burdette, 30, apparently fired the shots, said Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher. Officers had not made an arrest in the case Wednesday, saying that Burdette and witnesses, including two children who live at the home and a relative of Wells who was visiting, claim the shooting was in self-defense.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/ecba3

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TX: Homeowner shoots intruder

Source: Houston Chronicle
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A man being pursued by Houston police officers Wednesday afternoon was shot by a homeowner in the 9800 block of Benning. He was wounded in the leg, said Sgt. M. Peters of the HPD Homicide Division. ‘He had forced entry into a house in the 9400 block of Spellman, which is the adjoining street, and they chased him out of their house into the the neighbor’s backyard,’ Peters said. ‘The suspect then made an overt move toward his pocket, and fearing for his own safety,’ the homeowner shot him, Peters said.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/3823099.html

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PA: Jury aquits pilot in gun pointing incident

Source: PhillyBurbs
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Bucks County jury this week found a West Chester airline pilot not guilty of all charges stemming from an alleged gun-pointing incident that began with a fight over a parking spot. Paul Daniels, 41, was acquitted of possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. Police had charged Daniels after another customer at the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream store in Warrington accused him of threatening him with a gun. According to a police report, James Lamp, 40, of Horsham, said Daniels pointed a loaded 9mm Glock at his chest and said, ‘Leave or I’ll shoot you.’ Lamp’s girlfriend called 911 and the police arrived within minutes. Daniels put down the gun and was arrested. His attorney, Michael Parlow, argued that Daniels wielded the gun in self-defense. Parlow said his client was simply protecting his family and had a permit to carry the weapon.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04272006-647889.html

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NC: Accident leads to gunfire

Source: Daily Dispatch
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A citizen’s attempt to check out a car-accident scene resulted in gunfire Wednesday afternoon. Henderson police responded to a traffic accident call at the corner of Water and North Pinkston streets at approximately 3 p.m. Minutes later, the department received reports that a shooting had occurred there.When officers arrived, they located an individual who reported he had shot another man, Antwan Crudup, 21, of 1843 lot 17 Vicksboro Road, in self-defense. The alleged shooter, whom Henderson Police Chief Glen B. Allen declined to identify since he might not face charges, reportedly claimed that Crudup aggressively approached him and tried to strike him after the accident (Allen said the alleged shooter says he left his vehicle to see what was going on in the collision); Allen said investigations indicate that possibly more than one person approached the alleged shooter at the time.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/articles/2006/04/27/news/news02.txt

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ME: Arrest made in home invasion

Source: WCSH6 News
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police say they received a call from Mark Luxton around 11:00 P.M.. He reported that two men had come to his home on Parker Farm Road, kicked in the door and fired shots into his bedroom. Luxton says he fired back, and during the exchange of gunfire his dog was shot in the chest. A couple of hours later police tracked down David Nanos of Portland at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where he had apparently gone to get treatment for a gunshot wound to the hand. Nanos is charged with attempted murder, burglary and criminal threatening with a firearm.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.wcsh6.com/home/article.asp?id=34517

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TN: Disabled man fights off home invaders

Source: Chatanoogan
Posted on 04.27.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A disabled Red Bank man foiled a home invasion early Thursday morning by getting off four shots at a man busting in his bedroom window. Red Bank Police Lt. Jim Kyle said the incident happened at 1:30 a.m. at 203 Euclid Ave. He said David McCutcheon was asleep in his bed when he heard his bedroom window breaking, then saw a masked man coming through the window. Mr. McCutcheon reached for a .32-caliber revolver and began firing, causing the masked man to make a hasty retreat.” (04/27/06)


Link: http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_84691.asp

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NH: House reverses course, supports self-defense

Source: Seacoast Online
Posted on 04.26.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Gun owners and advocates carried the day in the House on Wednesday. In a surprise turnaround, the House supported legislation it defeated last month that would give people more leeway to use guns to defend themselves in public places. It also voted for a bill to bar the state from taking guns or ammunition from people during a state of emergency. ‘Nothing should chip away at our freedom,’ argued Rep. Lynne Ober, R-Hudson. If weapons had been confiscated centuries ago, ‘we might have been singing God Save the Queen,’ she said.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/special/4_26special5.htm

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South Africa: Dad screamed like never before

Source: News 24
Posted on 04.26.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“More than 30 shells and the shattered windows of two cars bore testimony on Tuesday to the raging gun battle between three robbers and a young man trying to save his father. When all the shooting was over, the three intruders lay dead at the Bertrams’ house they had been trying to rob in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 23-year-old, who does not want to be identified for fear of revenge attacks, described the gunfight between him and the band of robbers to Beeld on Tuesday, just a few hours after police officers removed the bodies of the three men. … ‘The police don’t protect us and the new firearms act empowers only the criminals,’ said the young man. People here are tired of crime and eventually you reach a point where you realise enough is enough — you must look after your people yourself.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/zy4sv

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FL: Woman carjacked, son-in-law chases attacker

Source: NBC 2 News
Posted on 04.26.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A local woman, who wished to remain nameless, was coming home from a friend’s house and while she was pulling into her parking spot a young man pulled up behind her and used a gun to try to steal her car. The woman’s son-in-law heard the commotion and came to the rescue. … When he got to the window, he turned. It was a handgun with a silencer on it,’ said the woman. ‘The gun was scary enough, but when I saw the silencer, I knew I was dead.’ The man broke the window of the car and pulled the woman onto the pavement. She ran to her house screaming the whole way. Her son-in-law, Michael, is an ex-marine. When he heard the screams he came to help her. ‘My son-in-law had gotten back from a trip and had a concealed weapons permit, had his gun on him, came running down here and tried to stop the guy,’ said the woman. Michael told police he was in fear for his life and fired one round from his 45 caliber handgun. He hit the van and possibly the carjacker.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://www.nbc-2.com/articles/readarticle.asp?articleid=6821&z=3&p=

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OR: Salem police say shooting death likely self-defense

Source: Salem Statesman Journal
Posted on 04.26.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“What started as an argument involving a woman, her estranged boyfriend and her current boyfriend ended with the former boyfriend shot dead Monday night, Salem police said. Jason Benjamin Scott, 31, the former boyfriend of Diana Carol Rennels, 26, was found dead by police about 9:35 p.m. at 2375 Coral Ave. NE.Police said Sean C. Dougherty, 38, Rennels’ current boyfriend, who lives with her at the northeast Salem apartment, shot Scott after the 6-foot-4, 300-pound man broke through the front door of Rennels’ apartment. Three children were in the apartment at the time.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/oyrjb

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TN: Deadly shooting followed argument

Source: News Channel 5
Posted on 04.26.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“It appears a deadly shooting Wednesday morning in East Nashville may have been in self-defense. Police have interviewed Stanley McGrady and said his story matches the evidence. He told police that he and William Banks got into an argument, and then they started shooting. Banks was taken to the hospital where he later died. McGrady was not hit. So far, he’s not been charged in the shooting.” (04/26/06)


Link: http://www.newschannel5.com/content/news/18853.asp

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Victim disarmament ring meets in “summit”

Source: CNN
Posted on 04.25.06 by R. Lee Wrights

“The mayors of more than a dozen U.S. cities gathered at a summit aimed at purging the streets of illegal guns, with organizers saying the federal government is not doing enough to stop the problem. ‘If the leadership won’t come from Congress or from the White House, it will have to come from us,’ said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who led the summit with Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.” (04/25/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/nwblr

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FL: Teen suspects take off when homeowner gets his gun

Source: WFTV News
Posted on 04.25.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police are searching for two teenagers who got a surprise when they tried to attack a man in his own home. Police said the teenagers forced their way into Bob Martin’s apartment on Adriel Lane on Sunday and pointed a gun at him. But when the retired Air Force sergeant noticed it was a BB or pellet gun, he got his own real gun out and the teenagers took off. ‘They come darn close to getting shot real quick. I don’t like anyone putting even a toy gun in my face. Whether it’s a pellet gun or toy gun I don’t know,’ Martin said. When the teenagers fled, they left behind the BB gun. Police were checking it for fingerprints.” (04/24/06)


Link: http://www.wftv.com/news/8951722/detail.html

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Gun-grabbing mayors don’t want facts

Source: New York Post
Posted on 04.25.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“The trade association representing the firearms industry yesterday asked to be included in the ‘gun summit’ being held today at Gracie Mansion for more than a dozen mayors from around the nation. ‘Our industry has developed programs that are working to reduce criminal misuse of firearms,’ Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, wrote the mayor. ‘We would welcome the opportunity to educate mayors about these programs.’ He didn’t get very far. ‘Are they mayors?’ asked Stu Loeser, Bloomberg’s press secretary, dismissing the request out of hand.” (04/25/06)


Link: http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/67502.htm

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MT: Intruder prompts elderly Sula woman to get her gun

Source: Ravalli Republic
Posted on 04.25.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Phyllis Friesen sat in her bedroom Sunday night with a .357 pistol in her lap while a strange man raided her refrigerator and trashed her house. Law enforcement officers arrived at the 80-year-old woman’s cabin 15 miles up the East Fork of the Bitterroot River near Springer Memorial more than an hour after she called 911 to report the alleged intruder, 42-year-old Jerry D. Gensamer. ‘I asked what the heck he was doing in my house and he never answered me — just started trashing the living room,’ Friesen said. … Gensamer entered Friesen’s house through a door at about 10:15 p.m., she said. Friesen, who lives by herself, said she doesn’t normally lock the door. After he ignored her questions, Friesen said she went into her bedroom, pulled out a gun and called 911. ‘It wasn’t as frightening as it would have been if I didn’t have the gun,’ she said.” (04/25/06)


Link: http://www.ravallirepublic.com/articles/2006/04/25/news/news02.txt

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TX: Homeowner fires back, kills 2 in home invasion

Source: Click2Houston
Posted on 04.25.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A homeowner fired back, killing two suspects, when his house was the target of two home invasions in as many days, officials told KPRC Local 2 Monday.Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies said several armed suspects broke into a home in the 5500 block of Maybrook Park Lane shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday and tied up a teenage girl and her boyfriend. As the robbers were stealing a safe, the homeowners arrived, officials said. One of the gunmen opened fire, grazing the head of one of the homeowners. The crooks fled the scene. On Sunday, shortly before 10 p.m., the crooks returned for a second home invasion at the same house in the Grand Lakes Subdivision, according to deputies. The homeowner and robbery suspects exchanged gunfire, officials said. A female suspect was killed. The other suspects fled the scene. The body of a man was found dumped on the side of the road in the 20700 block of Cranfield about 30 minutes after the home invasion.” (04/24/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/kh77v

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SC: Business owner fires shot at burglary suspects

Source: Gaffney Ledger
Posted on 04.25.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A property owner shot at two burglary suspects fleeing from his business, according to a report at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. … Billy Tessner, 58, of Blacksburg received a call just after 4 a.m. Friday from his alarm company reporting that the alarm at his business had been tripped. When he arrived at Tessner’s Garage at 491 Moss’ Crossing in Blacksburg he saw two people run to a gray Mazda, the report states. He told police whoever was driving the vehicle tried to run him over as they fled. Tessner fired two shots at the Mazda, striking the vehicle’s radiator and left front tire.” (04/24/06)


Link: http://www.gaffneyledger.com/news/2006/0417/Local_News/012.html

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AZ: Napolitano signs self-defense bill

Source: KVOA News
Posted on 04.24.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Governor Napolitano today signed into law a bill to strengthen Arizonans’ rights to claim self-defense and to use force against intruders. The bill was supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by prosecutors. It imposes a new burden of proof on prosecutors to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant’s self-defense claim was unfounded. It also implants the so-called ‘castle doctrine’ in Arizona law to give a person the right to use force in a home or vehicle against an intruder without having to retreat.” (04/24/06)


Link: http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=4811575&nav=HMO6

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Gun industry seeks seat at victim disarmament summit

Source: National Shooting Sports Association
Posted on 04.24.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“In a letter faxed today to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, the trade association representing the firearm industry officially requested a seat at the table at tomorrow’s national summit on illegal guns organized by Bloomberg and Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston. Lawrence G. Keane, who signed the letter on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), said the industry shares the mayors’ concerns about further reducing crime by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. ‘Our industry has developed programs that are working to reduce criminal misuse of firearms, as well as reduce firearms accidents. We would welcome the opportunity to educate mayors about these programs, including Don’t Lie for the Other Guy, the straw purchase deterrence initiative developed in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,’ said Keane, senior vice president and general counsel.” (04/24/06)


Link: http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=124716

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FL: Pistol-packin’ florist helps nab suspect

Source: Florida Today
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Dale Sellman is a wholesale florist who wears a 10-gallon white hat and legally packs a revolver. So, when the 63-year-old Texas native spotted a suspected robber running out of The Bank on U.S. 1 on Friday afternoon, Sellman didn’t hesitate to use his Nissan Titan to chase the man down and corner him in a backyard until Melbourne Police arrived.” (04/22/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/f5rg3

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SC: Inman man calls killing self-defense

Source: Charleston Post & Courier
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police are investigating a fatal shooting that one man claims was self-defense. David Lamar Staggs, 54, of Inman, called police Friday to report that he had shot a man.Deputies found Garland Samuel Simpson III, 55, of Campobello, dead in Staggs’ driveway. Staggs told deputies Simpson attacked him with a knife, said sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Dan Johnson. Staggs said he shot in self-defense. Johnson said Staggs had wounds on his right hand and that Simpson was shot several times.” (04/23/06)


Link: http://www.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=82970§ion=localnews

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CT: Homeowner fires gun at invaders

Source: News Times
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police were searching for two males Saturday who fled the scene of a home after an occupant of the home fired a gun. The two men, whose names were not known, and a third man, broke into a house on Cleveland Street around 10 a.m. Saturday and used force on an occupant, Danbury Det. Capt. Mitch Weston said.The home’s occupant managed to grab a hand gun and fired several shots.” (04/23/06)


Link: http://news.newstimeslive.com/story.php?id=82980&category=Local

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Venezuela: Chavez arming fellow countrymen

Source: Cay Compass [Cayman Islands]
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“President Hugo Chavez constantly warns Venezuelans a U.S. invasion is imminent. Now he’s begun training a civilian militia as well as the Venezuelan army to resist in the only way possible against a much better-equipped force: by taking to the hills and fighting a guerrilla war. Supporters of the president, a former paratroop commander, are increasingly taking up his call. Chavez wants 1 million armed men and women in the army reserve, and 150,000 have already joined, surpassing the regular military’s force of 100,000. Now Venezuelans are also organizing neighborhood–based militia units for Chavez’s Territorial Guard.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1012691

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CA: Bill seeks to require guns to tag ammunition

Source: Contra Costa Times
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“California could become the first state in the nation to require semi-automatic handguns include microscopic equipment for pressing an identifying mark into every bullet fired. Through newly developed technology, the firing pin of a semi-automatic weapon can stamp the gun’s make and model onto a bullet shell as it leaves the chamber. The technology could help police investigate homicides and trace gun trafficking. Thirty-three California police chiefs and two county sheriffs support a bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, that would require the markers.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/14394934.htm

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WI: Logger tells of “running gun battle”

Source: Rhinelander Daily News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Investigators have determined through the statements of the victim, John ‘Homer’ Van Meter, that ‘a running gun battle took place through the woods over a lengthy area.’ According to Van Meter, a logger who has worked in the area of County Highway O and Poplar Road for years, a black SUV pulled up to his work site at approximately noon on Wednesday and a white male, described as short with blond hair, exited the vehicle and began shooting. Authorities say Van Meter told them he hid behind his truck during the first volley of fire but eventually retrieved his own pistol and returned fire.” (04/22/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/kp9ft

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Political climate unfriendly to ID devices, backers say

Source: GovExec.com
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“At the Smart Cards in Government Conference, advocates for RFID and tech-based ’smart cards’ said mandates to use modern technologies would dramatically improve the nation’s security infrastructure. But resistance to such measures and technologies is swelling, they said. … Signorino said the political climate in New Hampshire has made it especially difficult for the industry to make a case for itself. The Granite State has been particularly active on the ID front. House lawmakers there last month passed a bill to reject a 2005 federal mandate for standard driver’s licenses. ‘We’re scared to go to New Hampshire,’ he said. ‘They have gun racks on their motorcycles. They don’t want anyone telling them what to do.’” (04/20/06)


Link: http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=33885&dcn=todaysnews

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2AM News: The week in review April 16-22

Source: Second Amendment News Digest
Author: Mary lou Seymour
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

Self defense stories from Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Missouri,California, Oklahoma, Maryland,Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia ….in legislative news, Arizona’s governor vetoes a bill that would have restricted her powers to limit gun and ammunition sales during a time of emergency… while in New Orleans, though police started returning citizens’ weapons seized during Katrina, residents find lots of red tape and not many actually retrieve their guns … WalMart drops gun sales in some stores and Gun shows in the crossfire in Ohio. Commentaries this week from John Longenecker, Lady Liberty, Claire Wolfe and L. Neil Smith.

Til next week

Mary lou


Link: http://rationalreview.com/2am

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MI: Carjacking takes turn as victim fights back

Source: ClickOnDetrioit
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An attempted carjacking took an unexpected turn Friday morning when the driver of a car produced a gun instead of handing over the keys. A man with a gun attempted to steal a vehicle in the parking lot of a party store located on the east side of 7 Mile and Sherwood roads. When the gunman approached the driver of the vehicle with his gun, the driver also produced a gun and shots were fired.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/8884963/detail.html

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NC: Slaying ruled self defense

Source: NBC 17 News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Tuesday night shooting that left a Durham teen dead has been ruled a case of self-defense, police said Friday. …. A 21-year-old man told investigators he was working on a vehicle in the 1600 block of Holloway Street late Tuesday when Anderson approached him and attempted to rob him, police said. The man, whose name wasn’t released, told police he was pistol-whipped before he pulled out his own gun and fired several shots, striking Anderson in the head.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.nbc17.com/news/8886700/detail.html?rss=tri&psp=news

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FL: Good samaritan helps capture bank robber

Source: Orlando Local 6 News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An armed good Samaritan was credited with helping police in Melbourne, Fla., capture a 37-year-old bank robbery suspect during a hold-up Friday afternoon, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today. …. The suspect implied he had a firearm, then fled the bank,” said Cmdr. Jim Gibbens of the Melbourne Police Department. It was not immediately known if the man made off with any cash, officials said. “The good Samaritan was in the drive-through and saw the guy fleeing,” Gibbens said. “He followed him and tried to block him with his pickup truck. At some point, he pointed a gun.” The 63-year-old civilian, later questioned by police, was lawfully keeping the weapon in his truck and was not charged.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.local6.com/news/8885788/detail.html

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MO: Self-defense case has activists up in arms

Source: NBC Action News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A guilty verdict in a self-defense case has upset activists claiming a person should have the right to shoot intruders when they break into their home. A Jackson County Judge found Mitchell Robinson guilty of manslaughter Thursday. The case hinged on whether he should have locked the door to keep out the intruder and how far he could go to protect himself. ‘(Robinson) goes inside, shuts the door, the backs up as far back as he can inside the kitchen and gets a shotgun out,’ said Robinson’s defense attorney Lucy McShane. … What happened in the apartment building may have lead to a different outcome in court if a bill making its way through the Missouri Legislature had passed yet. Self-defense activists call it the ‘castle doctrine’ and say it will expand the opportunity for people to protect themselves in their homes.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/fvpzp

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CA: Clerk shoots gunman; bystander wounded

Source: CBS 2 News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A liquor store clerk in Hawthorne fatally shot an armed thief and accidentally wounded a 15-year-old girl during an attempted robbery on Thursday night. … The clerk shot at an armed gunman and his accomplice as they tried to rob the store. The gunman, who never fired, according to Butao, died at the scene. A 15-year-old girl who was shopping in the store was struck by the clerk’s gunfire and was taken to a hospital, where she displayed stable vital signs.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_111090440.html

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MD: Shot used shotgun to kill robber

Source: NBC 4 News
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Prince George’s County police have released new details about how a double homicide unfolded at the home of a pizza restaurateur in Fort Washington, Md. Patricia Caniglia, 59, was shot at least once in the head with a .40 caliber handgun, News4 reported. Her son, Antonio Caniglia, was armed with a shotgun, which he fired, killing the gunman.Police spokesman Lt. Terence Sheppard told News4, “The son was actually in the residence at the time. He called 911 to advise police as to what was going on. The suspect then came downstairs where he was confronted by the son.”
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Link: http://www.nbc4.com/news/8876165/detail.html?rss=dc&psp=news

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FL: Fatal shooting ruled justifiable

Source: Daytona Beach News Journal
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Deltona man who fired five shots and killed his aunt’s husband last month will not be charged, the State Attorney’s Office said. “I agree with the sheriff’s investigation that the conduct of Luis Perez constituted justifiable force,” Assistant State Attorney Colleen Taylor said this week. Perez, 28, told investigators that on March 9 he feared for his life and shot Roberto Legarreta, 38, when he charged at him with what he thought was a crowbar.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/WestVolusia/wvlWEST01042106.htm

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AZ: No witnesses, evidence in murder case

Source: Arizona Republic
Posted on 04.23.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“There is nothing typical about Arizona vs. Harold Fish. The state’s case against the 59-year-old hiker, who shot and killed a camper north of Payson on May 11, 2004, boils down to picking apart Fish’s claim of self-defense. The prosecution has no eyewitnesses. It has no forensic evidence. It has nothing but Fish’s story. And he says he was protecting himself when he shot 43-year-old Grant Kuenzli of Payson three times in the chest. When he testifies in his second-degree murder trial, which is under way in Coconino County Superior Court, Fish will say he was attacked by Kuenzli and his two dogs near the end of a strenuous day of hiking up the Mogollon Rim on Pine Canyon Trail.” (04/21/06)


Link: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0421trailshooter0421.html

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CA: Exile says gun stash was for Cuban liberation

Source: Arizona Republic
Posted on 04.20.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Cuban exile arrested for stashing more than 1,000 guns in his suburban Upland, Calif., home told federal authorities the weapons were for a quasi-military group bent on overthrowing communist dictator Fidel Castro, but officials said that may be a cover story for his black-market gun ring. … Ferro told federal investigators that he was a member of the anti-Castro group, Alpha 66, ‘a militant group who collectively desire to overthrow Fidel Castro and liberate the country of Cuba,’ according to an affidavit filed in federal court by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent Keith Krolczyk. Ferro said the group, made up of fellow Cuban exiles, paid for the guns and had other caches of weapons, according to the court document.” (04/20/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/pcj55

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Celebrate Patriot’s Day

Source: Second Amendment Foundation
Posted on 04.20.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“The Second Amendment Foundation today urges all Americans to celebrate ‘Patriot’s Day,’ the 231st anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord that ignited the American Revolution and led to the addition of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. ‘On this date in 1775,’ said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, ‘America’s Colonial Militia laid the foundation for our Second Amendment, resisting an effort by British troops to seize their firearms. British forces paid dearly for that attempted gun grab, and the world learned just how valuable our forefathers considered their right to keep and bear arms.’” (04/19/06)


Link: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=64228

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OK: Homeowner shoots intruder

Source: KTEN News
Posted on 04.20.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police say a man was shot by a homeowner during a break-in in rural Logan County. Authorities say 37-year-old Joseph Sean Young of Meridian was shot in the left forearm. Officials say Homeowner Kelly Joe Wanzer fired his gun numerous times at a man who broke into his home Friday. Police say the intruder fled in his vehicle, running from sheriff’s deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=4787130

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IN: Masked gunman killed outside Speedway apartment

Source: Indianapolis Star
Posted on 04.20.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“DeAngelo Morrison felt lucky to be alive Wednesday, hours after he shot and killed a masked man armed with a shotgun who was chasing him into his Speedway apartment. ‘He had a big gun,’ Morrison said. ‘We locked eyes. Honestly, I’m thinking this dude is coming to kill me.’ … Speedway police say Morrison, 21, was acting in self-defense when he fired his handgun at the two men rushing up the stairs at the West Wind Terrace Apartments, near I-465 and Crawfordsville Road. The bullet struck DeShawn Givens, 21, in the chest and police said he died at the bottom of the stairwell. Givens and another man were planning to commit a robbery, police said. Givens was wearing a black mask and police found a shotgun near his body.” (04/20/06)


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NY: Big city mayors host victim disarmament summit

Source: NewsDay
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host a summit next week for about a dozen of their colleagues to discuss gun violence, a problem that has long frustrated big-city mayors. Mayors from Dallas, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., and Seattle are among those scheduled to attend the meeting at Gracie Mansion, the historic Upper East Side house where Bloomberg holds official events.” (04/18/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/f83zm

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OH: Woman who shot in self defense

Source: WCPO News
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A 28-year-old Clermont County woman woke up Monday morning to find a man pointing a gun at her face. That man was her ex-boyfriend, and what she was able to do in the minutes that followed may have saved her life. … ‘My dogs attacked him and he laid the gun down … I grabbed the gun and ran and fell … and as I fell I rolled and he was coming toward me and I picked up the gun and shot.’ … This was not his first violent act against Gray. In January he was accused of threatening her with a knife, and just last month he was charged with slashing her tires.” (04/17/06)


Link: http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/04/17/manshot_folo.html

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AZ: Bill strengthens right to use force

Source: KOLD News
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“The state House passed a bill today to strengthen Arizonans’ rights to claim self-defense and to use force against intruders. The bill would scrap a decade-old state law by imposing a new burden of proof on prosecutors to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant’s self-defense claim was unfounded. It also would implant in Arizona law the so-called ‘castle doctrine’ that gives a person the right to use force in a home or vehicle against an intruder without having to retreat.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=4786450

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AZ: Gun bill among Napolitano’s vetoes

Source: Business Journal of Phoenix
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a slew of Republican-approved bills Monday, including a National Rifle Association-backed gun bill and one that looks to have local police arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges. … The governor also vetoed a bill that would have restricted her powers to limit gun and ammunition sales during a time of emergency. The NRA has been pushing similar bills in other states in the wake of attempted emergency powers being invoked in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Napolitano said the bill undermines emergency powers of the governor and state National Guard. Advocates argued the bill would protect Second Amendment rights during emergencies.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/z4cjd

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FL: University professors shape laws

Source: Florida Today
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Type the words ‘Gary Kleck’ and ‘guns’ into Google, and you’ll find links to about 50,400 Web pages. Many of those link to gun-rights groups such as the Second Amendment Research Center and Gunowners.org. Kleck, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University, has become the darling of gun-rights advocates thanks to his studies into the use of firearms for self-defense. His research found that as many as 2.5 million victims each year have used guns to defend themselves during crimes. It also showed that victims who submitted to criminals’ demands were twice as likely to be injured during crimes as those who defended themselves with guns. His research did not conclude that looser gun laws lessen crime, Kleck said, only that guns altered crimes that were already under way.” (04/18/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/mdvez

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MS: 85-year-old man shoots burglar

Source: Biloxi Sun Herald
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Deputies arrested a suspected burglar Monday after an 85-year-old Saucier man reported he had shot a man who broke into his home. Harrison County sheriff’s investigators said the resident knew Wayne Thomas Clark and identified him as the burglar. Deputies went to Clark’s home on Mack Pete Road and found him asleep with two gunshot wounds to his back, said Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Pullen.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/14374771.htm

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IN: Worker shows gun; suspect takes off

Source: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An armed man tried to rob a south-side pizza restaurant Monday night but left without any money after an employee displayed his own gun. Fort Wayne police were called to Tasty Pizza, 4302 Fairfield Ave., at 10:47 p.m. for a report of the attempted heist. A Tasty Pizza employee told police that a man came in and asked for a menu. He then left the restaurant but came back inside. The man laid a black gun that looked like a BB gun on the counter pointing the barrel toward the employee and demanded money, a police report said. The employee then lifted his shirt to reveal a Colt .45 in its holster and told the robbery suspect to leave, the report said. The man left.” (04/19/06)


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IN: Man kills armed suspect

Source: Indianapolis Star
Posted on 04.19.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Speedway police say an apartment tenant was apparently defending himself this morning when he killed a masked man armed with a shotgun. The victim [sic] was found at the bottom of a stairwell at the West Wind Terrace Apartments, near I-465 and Crawfordsville Road. Jones said it appears the tenant was acting in self-defense. … Morrison lives with his mother, Claudia Jones, 40, who heard the disturbance outside their apartment unit. She heard the gunman say ‘Hey, I want to holler at you’re a minute,’ Jones said. After the shooting, her son rushed inside saying, ‘Momma they are trying to rob me,’ Jones said. Morrison is a rapper, who goes by D Shock, and recently signed with Fat Man Records, said cousin Don Mallory. Morrison carries a gun because ‘it’s hard out here,’ Mallory said.” (04/19/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/mly3j

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OH: Gun shows in the crossfire

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted on 04.18.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“It’s easy to build an illegal [sic] machine gun. Or to get the recipe for exploding gelatin.Everything you need is available at hundreds of gun shows held across the country this time of year. While gun businesses must be federally licensed, gun shows enable private individuals to sell scores of weapons each weekend with little, if any, oversight. And the shows are flourishing. In the past two months alone, promoters have hosted 20 gun shows in Ohio, including one April 9 in Niles.” (04/17/06)


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Few New Orleans residents getting back stolen guns

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Posted on 04.18.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A handful of people showed up Monday to try to get back guns confiscated by the New Orleans Police Department after Hurricane Katrina — and not many of those walked away with a weapon. ‘They told me the police took them the first two weeks after the hurricane, after that it was the ATF,’ said Charles Clark, 62, a retired law officer, who had an antique gun taken from his house after the Aug. 29 storm. ‘It’s very frustrating. I know we had a storm and all, but there should be a way to find out who has your property.’ … Percy Taplet, 73, said the national guard and state police confiscated his shotgun from his house when they evacuated him. He said he kept it for protection at his house and adjoining business. Police told him he would have to contact state police about the weapon. ‘I won’t ever see that gun again believe me,’ Taplet said. ‘It’s gone like everything else in that storm.’” (04/18/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/s5h97

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WVA: Funeral director innocent in son-in-law’s shooting

Source: Charleston Gazette
Posted on 04.18.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Fayette County funeral home director was found not guilty Monday of murdering his son-in-law. Larry Hess, who managed Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, never denied shooting Jerry T. Chesterfield. He fired five bullets from his Glock semi-automatic, and four of those struck Chesterfield. But Hess testified Monday that he shot his son-in-law in self-defense. ‘I always kept the shell in the chamber,’ he said. He said he had to keep firing because Chesterfield kept coming at him.” (04/18/06)


Link: http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/2006041723

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OH: Armed man shot by ex-girfriend

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted on 04.18.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Goshen man was charged with felonious assault, aggravated burglary and kidnapping after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home early Monday.Gary L. Glass, 37, of the 1800 block of Main Street, was shot in the legs after Cassandra Gray, 28, got control of a shotgun Glass brought to her home, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office said. According to the sheriff’s office, Gray was awakened by her dogs barking about 7:30 a.m. and found Glass standing in her doorway pointing a shotgun at her. Glass allowed Gray to let her dogs out and she used that chance to call 911. When Glass realized Gray had called police, the two struggled. Gray got the gun away from Glass and shot him, the sheriff’s office said.” (04/18/06)


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FL: 69 year old man fends off robbers

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted on 04.17.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A 69-year-old man was grazed by a bullet on his cheek during an attempted robbery in the driveway of his Hollywood home Sunday, but escaped with his life when he pulled out his gun and fired back. Francesco ‘Franco’ D’Arpino pulled into his garage at about 5:10 a.m. after working the night shift at his North Miami Beach restaurant, Franco’s Pizza, when police say a white car rammed into the back of his car and someone opened fire. A bullet grazed D’Arpino’s cheek. He grabbed his gun, which he keeps on him, and shot back, driving off the attackers.” (04/17/06)


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Wal-Mart drops gun sales in some stores

Source: Boston Globe
Posted on 04.17.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores in what it calls a marketing decision based on lack of demand in some places, a company spokeswoman said Friday. … Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has about 1,200 discount stores and 1,900 Supercenters, which include a full grocery section, in all 50 states. Wal-Mart says it sells rifles and shotguns. In Alaska, it also sells handguns. ‘As with all merchandise decisions that we make, our decision to remove guns from Wal-Mart locations is simply based on the lack of customer purchase history of firearms in a given community,’ Stewart said. … As Wal-Mart seeks growth by moving from rural America into cities and suburbs, it finds it needs to retune its inventory to appeal to more urban consumers.” (04/14/06)


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New Orleans to begin returning seized firearms

Source: Second Amendment Foundation
Posted on 04.16.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“More than seven months have passed since New Orleans residents were forcibly and illegally disarmed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and starting Monday, April 17, the City of New Orleans will be returning seized firearms to their rightful owners, thanks to legal action by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association (NRA). ‘We’ve learned from the police that starting Monday at 8 a.m., New Orleans gun owners can get their firearms back,’ noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. ‘The city had been denying for more than five months that these guns were in possession. Only when SAF and the NRA filed a motion to have Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley held in contempt of court did city officials miraculously discover that more than a thousand seized firearms were being stored.’” (04/14/06)


Link: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=64048

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SC: Woman shoots home invader

Source: FOX News
Posted on 04.16.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A house in Liberty is the epitome of peace, especially with the sound of chimes. Hard to believe, something violent happened inside. Pickens County Investigators say Brian Teague forced his way into Susan Hendricks’ home Thursday evening and refused to leave.’She felt threatened,’ says Lt. Lane Byers, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. ‘She felt she could not leave the home to get away from him. And she felt she had to defend herself. She used a firearm to do so.’ Hendricks reportedly shot Teague several times. She was trying to take food to her disabled father next door, when everything escalated.” (04/14/06)


Link: http://www.fox21.com/Global/story.asp?S=4773061&nav=2KPp

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2AM News: The week in review April 9-15

Source: Second Amendment News Digest
Author: Mary Lou Seymour
Posted on 04.16.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

Lots of stories this week! Self defense stories from Alabama, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland, and Nebraska … Stand your Ground passes in Kentucky … Wal-Mart drops gun sales in ‘urban stores’ due to ‘market demand’ … women join gun clubs and prepare to defend themselves in several states … gun thus in Boston ‘retooling’ their gun buyback plan while gun thugs in New Orleans still refusing to release guns stolen from citizens during Katrina. An update on Angel’s [Angel Shamaya, [founder of KeepAndBearArms.com] Day in Court;

Most amusing stories of the week ‘Drug thug who shot self in foot sues US’ ‘claiming that his career has been crippled and he’s become a laughingstock due to the embarrassing clip’s distribution.’ and in California, a ‘Glitch’ in victim disarmament law triggers rush to buy guns …. Commentaries from Stephen Gordon (Reflections on deaths caused by gun control laws) and Ron Smith (Let Marylanders protect themselves ).

If you haven’t sent in your ‘targets’ already for the 2nd annual TCF Combat Rifle Postal Match, the deadline is April 29…

Til next week

Mary Lou


Link: http://rationalreview.com/2am

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AL: Business owner in the clear

Source: WIAT News
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An Anniston business owner is in the clear after shooting a robbery suspect in self-defense. The robbers attempted to shakedown a pawnshop. Now, three are in jail and one’s got a gunshot wound to remember it by. … ‘That man had a right to use his weapon in self-protection and he did so and from everything we can see he faces no legal liability for that,’ said Amerson.” (04/13/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/lalnh

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FL: One shot in neighborhood feud

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A neighborhood feud turned deadly Wednesday when a Winter Haven man fatally shot a 23-year-old who he said taunted and threatened him, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. … While Brady, 43, was at his Queens Cove Loop home Wednesday, Wagner and Boyette taunted and made crude statements toward him, said sheriff’s Chief W.J. Martin. Brady went inside his house but later came back out when his wife arrived about 5:50 p.m. and armed himself with a revolver, Martin said. When Brady came outside to greet his wife, Wagner and Boyette continued to taunt him. Brady was on his property when Boyette approached with his hand behind his back as though he was going to punch him, Martin said. That’s when Brady shot Boyette once in the chest while standing in the driveway, Martin said. ‘He was in fear for his life and he shot him.’ Brady admitted to the shooting and is cooperating with detectives, Rodgers said. He has not been arrested.” (04/13/06)


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TX: Victim returns fire

Source: Click2Houston
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“The robbers approached the man at about 11 p.m. at the Silver Springs Apartments on South Willow Drive at South Post Oak Road and demanded that he hand over all of his money and his car, officers with the Houston Police Department said. ‘They made him get on his knees; they pointed the gun to the back of his head, threatened to kill him if he didn’t give them the vehicle. He complied and gave them the vehicle,’ HPD Homicide Detective I.F. Flores Jr. said. Police said as the robbers were leaving the complex, one of the robbers started shooting at the victim, who then took out his own gun and fired back. One of the robbers was struck and died at the scene. The surviving robber fled the scene but came back for his friend. That’s when the victim, police said, fired at the robber, causing him to wreck his vehicle. The surviving robber still managed to escape. The robbery victim was not injured.” (04/14/06)


Link: http://www.click2houston.com/news/8693429/detail.html

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MS: Victim shoots robber

Source: WTOK News
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Newton police say they are close to filing charges in the case of a robbery ‘gone bad.’ Around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at Joe’s Tire Shop in Newton, investigators say two teens entered the store with a pistol, demanding money. ‘He came in and raised the firearm up at the victim. At that time a struggle ensued,’ said Lt. Brian Kelly of the Newton Police Department. ‘The suspect then attempted to leave, and when he turned around he raised the handgun up at him and the suspect was shot at that time.’ Investigators say the gunman was shot with a hidden shotgun that the clerk had managed to get.” (04/14/06)


Link: http://www.wtok.com/news/headlines/2636101.html

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TX: would-be robber shot dead by intended victim

Source: Houston Chronicle
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Police said the suspect, dressed in black and wearing socks on his hands, knocked on the front door of Raney’s residence. Raney, who had been asleep inside, opened the door with a pistol in his hand. He said he was repeatedly struck in the head with a tire iron by the suspect. He then fired several shots at the suspect striking him in the abdomen, police said. The suspect fell to the ground and died on the front yard, police said.” (04/14/06)


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OH: Woman’s killer freed

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“Eric Jackson walked out of court a free man Friday, even though no one disputes he shot and killed a pregnant woman last year. A Hamilton County jury acquitted Jackson of two murder charges — one for the woman and one for her fetus — after concluding he fired in self-defense during an argument with another man. The shot missed Jackson’s target and hit Tawnia Kirksey, who was 10 weeks pregnant. … Jackson said he believed his life was in danger Oct. 23 when an argument over money at the Fay Apartments turned violent.He said Wheeler pulled out a gun and fired, prompting him to draw his .38-caliber revolver and return fire. He said he never saw the 29-year-old Kirksey, mother of four children, and didn’t know she had been hit until he read about her death in the newspaper the next day.” (04/15/06)


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MD: City plans a retooled buyback of guns

Source: Boston Globe
Posted on 04.15.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“The City of Boston and community groups plan to launch a gun buyback program as early as next month that may offer gift cards instead of cash to people who turn in weapons, community leaders and a police spokeswoman said yesterday. The buyback program, the first such effort in a decade, is being designed to avoid some of the problems a similar program faced in the mid-1990s. From 1993 through 1996, the city collected 2,800 guns by offering $50 for each weapon. While there was some evidence that the program took some of the targeted weapons off the street, criminologists who studied the program found that many of the guns were older and not the guns typically used in crimes. The program was abandoned as violent crime fell and as police and critics raised questions about its effectiveness.” (04/15/06)


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CA: City to test gunshot location system

Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune
Posted on 04.13.06 by Steve Trinward

“A city councilor hopes to curb a rising murder rate by installing a gunshot-locator system that uses sensitive microphones attached to buildings to remotely pinpoint shootings. Oakland councilman Larry Reid, whose district includes some of the East Oakland’s most violent neighborhoods, said Tuesday his office will pay $10,000 to test the ShotSpotter system that is already in use in parts of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Reid hopes to have the system in place by the end of the month. Police hope the technology will help dispatch officers more quickly and catch fleeing criminals. If the test is successful, the city would need to raise about $400,000 to install nearly 100 sensors in an 8-square-mile section of the city, said Oakland police Lt. Pete Sarna II. The system uses microphones mounted on flat roofs and connected to telephone lines to triangulate the location of the gunshots to within 10 to 30 feet, said James Beldock, president of the Santa Clara-based ShotSpotter Inc.” [editor’s note: Looks like SonicNet is here … hopefully a Black Arrow will show up in Oakland to put the kibosh on this “experiment” ASAP - TLK] (04/13/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/n6n8x

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GA: ATF rids university of ninja threat

Source: Red and Black
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“ATF agents are always on alert for anything suspicious — including ninjas. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents, on campus Tuesday for Project Safe Neighborhoods training, detained a ’suspicious individual’ near the Georgia Center, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said. Jeremiah Ransom, a sophomore from Macon, was leaving a Wesley Foundation pirate vs. ninja event when he was detained. After being held in investigative detention, he was found to have violated no criminal laws and was not arrested. ‘It was surreal,’ Ransom said. ‘I was jogging from Wesley to Snelling when I heard someone yell ‘freeze.” Ransom said he thought a friend was playing a joke before he realized officers had guns drawn and pointed at him. … Ransom was wearing black sweatpants and an athletic T-shirt with one red bandanna covering the bottom half of his face and another covering the top of his head, Williamson said. ‘Seeing someone with something across the face, from a federal standpoint — that’s not right,’ McLemore said, explaining why agents believed something to be amiss.” [editor’s note: “From a federal standpoint?” Yo, McLemore — from an reasonable standpoint, your thugs should be either in jail or in the unemployment line - TLK] (04/12/06)


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MO: Eminent domain debate digresses

Source: Kansas City Star
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A dreary, five-hour House debate on technical aspects of eminent domain law Wednesday turned into a battle over gun rights and the propriety of research on early stem cells. The issues arose as House members grappled with what limits the legislature should put on the government’s ability to take private property when government officials think buying the property is in the public interest. Rep. Belinda Harris, a Hillsboro Democrat, proposed an amendment to prohibit the government from using the power of eminent domain to force the sale of any house of worship. The amendment was approved, 154-0. That prompted Rep. Mike Frame, a Eureka Democrat, to propose exempting any property used as a gun shop. He said such an exemption befitted businesses protected by the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Rep. Shannon Cooper, a Clinton Republican who owns a gun store, said gun shops were not equivalent to churches and should not be placed in a special class exempt from rules that apply to all other businesses.” (04/13/06)


Link: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/14329592.htm

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NY: Man receives 3-year sentence for self-defense

Source: Journal News
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A Mount Vernon man cleared of homicide charges in the slaying of an ex-convict who had shot him years earlier was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for possessing the gun used in the killing. Mark Powell could have faced considerably more time in prison had jurors not found that he was justified in shooting Curtis Liburd Sept. 17 on East Fourth Street in Mount Vernon. The White Plains jury acquitted Powell of murder and manslaughter charges in January after believing his claim that he shot the unarmed Liburd in self-defense. Powell testified that he fired after Liburd threatened him and tried to grab his gun. He was also cleared of a more serious charge that accused him of intending to use the gun unlawfully. … Powell acknowledged that he illegally [sic] possessed the gun. Westchester County Judge Rory Bellantoni said he would have liked to sentence Powell to the maximum seven years as prosecutor George Bolen requested. But he said he could not because that would have required him to consider that the possession of the gun led to Liburd’s death — which the jury verdict precluded the judge from doing.” (04/13/06)


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IN: Intruder shot, killed

Source: Indianapolis Star
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A 20-year-old man was shot to death about noon Wednesday as he tried to break into a home on the Far Eastside.Xavier Rashard Ivory, 1800 block of South State Street, was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital after being shot once in the chest. Capt. Phil Burton of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said the owner of a home in the 8000 block of East 37th Street heard his doorbell ringing incessantly but ignored it in hopes that the person would go away. Shortly thereafter, the homeowner heard a pounding at his back door. On the way to the back door, he grabbed a firearm from a closet. At the back door, he heard and saw someone trying to force open the door. As he pulled back window blinds, he saw an arm come in through a broken window, Burton said.The homeowner fired one shot, striking Ivory in the chest.” (04/13/06)


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LA: Business owner shoots robber

Source: WIAT News
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“An Anniston business owner is in the clear after shooting a robbery suspect in self-defense. The robbers attempted to shakedown a pawnshop. Now, three are in jail and one’s got a gunshot wound to remember it by. The owner of the 202 Pawn Shop says four people charged in the attempted robbery worked as a team, trying to distract him while one stole some jewelry and ran out. Investigators say the bandits jumped into a car. The store owner, who didn’t want to give his name, ran after them armed with a pistol and ready for action. ‘He pulled up like he was gonna run over me and at that point pulled down on him,’ said the owner.” (04/13/06)


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TX: Man cleared of assault linked to shootout

Source: Longview News-Journal
Posted on 04.13.06 by Mary Lou Seymour

“A 20-year-old Longview man has been cleared of an aggravated assault charge in connection with a shooting last year after prosecutors argued he fired a gun in self-defense. Travale Henson had been indicted in connection with a May 14 shooting with Keethan Harnage outside a birthday party on Avalon Street. A bullet from Harnage’s gun left 15-year-old Sierra Foster of Longview dead. Prosecutors argued in a motion to dismiss that an investigation proved Henson fired two shots at Harnage in self-defense after Harnage ‘began firing wildly’ at him. Judge David Brabham of the 188th District Court signed the order to dismiss April 5.” (04/13/06)


Link: http://tinyurl.com/hdnqd

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