Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Illinois: Shooting ruled self-defense: "Officials of the Rock Island County State's Attorney's office have decided that the teen who shot and killed James Teague Jr. was defending himself against an attempted robbery. Mr. Teague, 34, of Carbon Cliff, was shot dead around 1 a.m. Sept. 11 near 10th Ave. and 15th St. in East Moline. Jeff Terronez, Rock Island County state's attorney, said the 16-year-old shot Mr. Teague with a handgun after Mr. Teague stepped out of his vehicle, raised his gun and attempted to rob the teen."

Florida gets tough: "Proposed legislation says Florida businesses could face criminal charges if they try to stop employees from bringing guns to work in their vehicles. Senator Durell Peaden from Crestview and Representative Dennis Baxley from Ocala, both Republicans, have filed bills that would permit workers to have the guns on the employer's property as long as the weapons remain locked in their vehicles. Both proposals include provisions that shield companies from lawsuits in case an employee committed a crime with the gun they had been storing in their car. Some companies say banning guns from their property is simply a safety issue. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shootings accounted for three-quarters of the 551 workplace homicides in the United States last year".

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