Monday, October 11, 2004

More seniors are gun owners: "Merilyn P. Senter, a selectman, is a former hunter who still has the .22-caliber rifle her father gave her on her seventh birthday. Over the years, Senter, 69, added a shotgun and a handgun to her collection. She got the handgun for personal protection after she received two threatening phone calls, including one after her efforts on behalf of residents upset about what they believed was a hazardous waste site in town. Senter bought a purse with a special compartment to carry her .38-caliber handgun, including on trips to the [NH] Statehouse when she was a state representative. 'People are shocked when they find out I carried a gun and that I'm a gun owner,' Senter said. 'I don't know why they should be.'"

Arnold vetoes anti-gun legislation: "The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today applauded California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for applying his veto pen to two pieces of anti-gun legislation, including one that would have registered sales of ammunition. 'Although we scolded Gov. Schwarzenegger recently for signing into law a ridiculous ban on .50-caliber sporting rifles, we can honestly say he has used far better judgment in vetoing SB1140 and SB1152."

Rapist's gun turned on himself: "A man is in a coma after a woman shot him in self-defence with his own gun when he rape[d] her. Sergeant Charles Nkosi said the woman was apparently walking home near Balfour in Mpumalanga on Monday when a man wearing a balaclava approached her. He pushed her into bushes and raped her at gunpoint. However, she managed to get hold of the firearm and shot her attacker in the back. She fled to a nearby clinic, from where police was [sic] informed. Police took the man to hospital, where he was reportedly still in a coma. Nkosi said police found a shifting spanner, a crowbar and a bush knife, believed to belong to the attacker, at the place where the woman was raped. Nkosi said the man would be charged with rape. The woman might face attempted murder charges."

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