Monday, July 20, 2009

Michigan dice-game robber shot: "Neighbors in one community said a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning after he interrupted a neighborhood party and robbed some of the partygoers. "It's like playground rules. They just broke one of them by going in and robbing and turning your back on someone," neighbor Andre said. Andre said 29-year-old Gregory Scott interupted a dice game in the basement of a house in the 300 block of Seward Street in Pontiac at about 3:30 a.m. Andre said Scott pulled a gun on partygoers and robbed them. "He goes in, pulls out a gun, let off a shot or two to make the person come out his money, and he was fine with that and turned his back," Andre said. "But everybody had pistols ... lights went off on him then." Andre said the man was shot several times as he ran up the stairs and out of the house. "He made it outside. He fell outside," Andre said. Neighbors said two other people were also wounded but were able to walk away from the scene."

Virginia: No charges against store owner who shot suspect: "No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed a would-be robber in his store, the Suffolk commonwealth's attorney announced Thursday. On the morning on June 21, the alarm went off at James Durden’s Whaleyville store – J&L Food Mart. Durden, who lives close by, grabbed a gun and went to the store. His brother told 13News that Durden opened fire because he thought the man pointed a gun at him. That man, identified as Ernest Scott Roop, was struck four times. Detectives determined Roop was wearing camouflage clothing with his face concealed in a "ninjna" style fashion. They also said Roop had a hunting knife and crowbar and was wearing heavy construction gloves. In the letter to Police Chief Thomas Bennett, C. Phillip Ferguson stated, “Mr. Durden was confronted with a very dangerous situation created by Roop and was legally justified in using deadly force as he genuinely believed that Roop had a firearm and that his own life was in danger. In addition, from a practical standpoint, convinced that a Suffolk jury would not convict Mr. Durden of criminal misconduct under the facts of this case. Therefore, this Office declines to prosecute any charges against Mr. Durden.”

MO: Car dealer offers free AK-47 with truck: “Buy a truck and get a free AK-47 gun. That’s the deal a Missouri truck dealer is offering new customers who buy a pick-up truck in August. Mark Muller, owner of Max Motors in Butler, says he knows people will be bothered by the promotion. But not to worry, Muller is not handing out free guns. Instead, he will give buyers a voucher to use at a gun store after they obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon. The AK-47 is an upgrade on a previous promotion in which Muller gave away vouchers for the price of a Caltec pistol. The retail value of an AK-47 is $450 dollars but Muller says customers can spend their voucher on the gun of their choice.”

All-state weapons permit sought : “A U.S. senator is pushing for a law that would let concealed-weapons-permit holders carry their guns in nearly every state, but gun-control advocates are blasting the idea. One Utah supporter likes the idea, but concedes it is likely doomed. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is proposing an amendment to a major defense bill that would require any state that issues concealed-weapons permits to honor those from any other state. Currently, 48 states permit concealed weapons; Wisconsin and Illinois are the only two that do not. Thirty-three states recognize Utah’s concealed-weapons permit."

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