Sunday, March 27, 2005

Kentucky: Burglary suspect shot : "A Floyd County man was shot to death Tuesday night while attempting to burglarize a double-wide trailer in an Eastern Kentucky mobile-home lot, Kentucky State Police said. The victim, Ronald Dillon, 33, of Ivel broke into the trailer, where he was confronted by Mike Kurt, manager of Luv's Mobile Homes at Ivel, police said. Kurt, who was waiting inside the trailer at 10:08 p.m. -- he had been burglarized several times recently, investigators said -- shot Dillon twice in the chest with a 9-mm pistol, police said. Dillon, who lived next door in a mobile-home park, was pronounced dead at Highlands Regional Medical Center near Prestonsburg by Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson. Police did not indicate whether Dillon was armed. No charges have been filed in the case, which is under investigation by state police."

Tennessee: Senate OKs guns in bars: "State senators have approved a bill that would allow people with a handgun carry permit to take their weapons into an establishment that sells alcohol if they do not consume alcohol. Similar bills have been proposed in the legislature in past years, but usually got stuck in the House. This year, the House has not moved the proposal yet, and Sen. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville), who has sponsored similar bills in the past, said they were usually kept in the House Judiciary Committee, which did not seem to like the connection between guns and alcohol. However, bill sponsor Sen. Doug Jackson (D-Dickson) said the legislation has merit. 'We had no problem in the Senate, and the reason is the history of this bill; it's been proven in many other states it doesn't pose a danger to the public,' Jackson said, [noting that] 33 other states approved the law and did not have any problems."

Scotland: Executive to push for tighter gun laws: "Police objections will not be allowed to block political pressure for reform of firearms law to ban airguns or require licences for them, according to the Scottish Executive. Jack McConnell said yesterday he was pushing for a tightening of the law in talks with the Home Office, which has responsibility over firearms legislation throughout the UK. The first minister said he could not see a justification for owning an airgun unless it was for work or sport. ... Police in England and Scotland have indicated they are against a licensing scheme or ban, arguing instead that only licensed gun dealers should be allowed to sell the weapons."

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