Thursday, March 15, 2012

MN: Store owner scares off armed robber: "Owner Ying Thao takes pride in caring for his customers at the Corner Express, and Thao wanted to protect them when a robber walked in with a gun. Thao recalled, “He said, 'All I need is your money. Give me your money before I blow you up.' ... Video shows him jumping up on the counter and sliding through a glass window, even pointing a gun at the store owner; however, Thao had a gun too.... 'I decided to shoot at the floor,' Thao said, adding that he hoped to scare the man off."

SC: Driver shoots man opening his door: "The Charleston County Coroner's office said 31-year-old Artremain Grant died of a single gunshot wound on Ladson Road at Hwy 78 Wednesday morning. Officials said, the shooter fired through the glass of his car, striking Grant, who died in the road. The man then drove a short distance and called 911 around 4 a.m. to report the shooting. According to Major Jim Brady, with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the man who opened fire claimed he felt threatened when the man pulled up behind him in another car at the intersection, got out, and tried opening his door. Grant's record indicates he had prior convictions of felony drug posessions."

Dismissal of gun-rights suit upheld by 5th U.S. Circuit: "A federal judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans by a man who claimed that local law-enforcement authorities violated his constitutional right to bear arms, a divided panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. With the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Errol Houston Jr. sued after the Orleans Parish district attorney's office refused to return a registered gun that police seized when he was arrested in 2008 on drug and firearms charges that were later dropped. "The right protected by the Second Amendment is not a property-like right to a specific firearm, but rather a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense," Judge Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale wrote."

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