Monday, November 01, 2004

Tennessee: Man recounts being attacked in bed: "Local attorney Ed Robertson recounted in court Monday the night he and his brother, Mac, were attacked in their Ryes Chapel Road home by a knife-wielding intruder. While testifying in Circuit Court, Ed Robertson told the jury a noise from upstairs awoke him just after 5 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2001. Seconds later, he opened his eyes and saw someone standing over his bed. 'I couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman,' Ed Robertson said. 'I sat up in bed real abruptly and said 'Who's there?' Soon, Ed Robertson was engaged in a physical fight with the intruder, who managed to cut him more than a dozen times with a knife before his brother shot the intruder with a .45-caliber pistol."

Arkansas rejects many gun purchases: "A Justice Department report shows that Arkansas has rejected a higher proportion of applications to buy firearms than most other states. One of every 48 prospective gun purchases in the state is rejected. On average, the survey of 40 states shows one of every 65 attempts to buy a gun is rejected. Arkansas uses FBI background checks to enforce provisions of the Brady Bill, enacted 10 years ago. The law makes it illegal to sell guns to people with criminal records. The Justice Department study shows that since 1999, 15,438 Arkansans have been rejected for gun purchases. In Connecticut, one buyer is rejected for every 330 purchases, while in Tennessee, there is one rejection for every 26 purchases in Tennessee."

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