Friday, March 11, 2011

TX: Man aquitted of murder in shooting death of sister-in-law: "A Llano man accused of shooting and killing his sister-in-law in 2009 was found not guilty of murder this week, officials said. Steelman was arrested on Aug. 5, 2009, after he called 911 and told a dispatcher he’d shot Roxianne Steelman in the head during an argument. Hilery and Roxianne Steelman lived in separate residences on the same property. Davis said Hilery Steelman told officials that when he displayed the gun, Roxianne Steelman threatened him and charged at him. That’s when he fired, Davis said. The jury, “was not convinced that it was not self defense,” Davis said. “If you have a reasonable doubt if it’s self-defense, then they’re instructed to acquit.”

OR: “I just broke into a home and the owner came home”: "After breaking into an Oregon residence last night, Timothy Chapek, 24, barricaded himself in a bathroom after the owner unexpectedly arrived home. Chapek, you see, was worried that Hilary Mackenzie might be armed ... So he called 911 seeking help. ... 'I think she’s got guns,' Chapek added. ... Simultaneously, Mackenzie called police to report that there was an intruder in her Portland home .... Chapek, pictured in the above mug shot, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass."

The witch hunt against gun owners: "Public disclosure of concealed carry licenses varies from state to state. Eighteen states protect permit holders' privacy from public view. Virginia is one of 17 states that make licensee records public. If information is public, does it make it right for a newspaper to publish it? The media exercise discretion all the time in withholding the names of minors or rape victims. Why should the privacy of law-abiding concealed handgun permit holders be treated with any less concern?"

NH: House panel OKs unlicensed carry bill: "New Hampshire may soon be rolling back gun control laws to allow anyone to carry a firearm without a concealed weapons permit. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 11-6 Wednesday to recommend HB 330 pass the House. In addition to eliminating concealed weapons permits, the bill removes restrictions related to transporting firearms in vehicles. While the bill expands the right to carry a firearm, those changes will not trump other laws that ban weapons from public schools, restrict who may possess a weapon, or govern hunting, according to lawmakers."

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