Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MD: Woman kills husband in self-defense: “A Prince George’s County woman fatally shot her husband in an apparent act of self-defense Saturday after he attacked her at the Capitol Heights duplex where the pair lived in separate units, according to police and neighbors. … The circumstances of the incident are unclear, but police think that the shooting ‘appears to have been in self-defense,’ said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George’s police department. Wilson, police said, had violated an active protective order when he attacked his wife.”

Cities’ gun restrictions begin to topple: “It’s been a disappointing year for American cities seeking to curb violence via tough gun laws. Since last June, when the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the District of Columbia’s gun-control ordinance, cities have seen the 20,000 local gun regulations enacted over the years begin to slip from their grip, one by one. Philadelphia’s ban on assault weapons and limits on handgun purchases are the latest to succumb, struck down Thursday by a state court. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is expected. In April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an ordinance in California’s Alameda County that banned gun shows, saying the Second Amendment of the US Constitution applies in the states.”

Seattle mayor will take anti-gun agenda to White House: “Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, newly-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will be using his new position to push an anti-gun agenda at a White House meeting planned later this summer, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms warned today. ‘Greg Nickels knows he will find a sympathetic ear in the Oval Office for his illegal gun control scheme,’ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.”

More than 800 gun buyers on terrorist list : “More than 800 gun purchases were approved after background checks in the last five years even though the buyers’ names were on the government’s terrorist watch list, investigators said Monday. Being on the watch list is not among the nine factors, such as a felony conviction, that disqualify someone from buying a gun under federal law. More than 900 background checks between February 2004 and February 2009 turned up names on the watch list, and all but 98 were allowed to go through.”

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