Friday, November 04, 2005

Florida: Man dies after breaking into home : "A 44-year-old man who broke into a Mulberry Street house Sunday night, fought with its two residents and collapsed as police led him out in handcuffs died later at Halifax Medical Center, authorities said. Paul and Shelly Laughman were in their house on the 600 block of Mulberry Street about 6:30 p.m. when a man punched their front door. Shelly ran to lock it, but the man kicked in a plastic window and clawed his way into her home. 'He had a crazy look in his eyes,' Shelly said, 'and he mumbled something that sounded like I'm not here to hurt you.' Shelly, 36, screamed for her husband, who was sleeping in the other room. He dashed over and wrestled with the man in their living room. While the men were wrestling, Shelley called police and grabbed a shotgun from a closet. Paul, 52, pinned the man on the floor and Shelly aimed the shotgun at him, she said. Paul let the man up slowly and said to him, 'We've called the police. We've got a gun. Just go.' The man stared at them for a moment; the shotgun still aimed at him. The man then rushed at Paul again, the couple said. Shelly aimed the shotgun and pulled the trigger, but the safety was still on and the gun never fired. Eventually, Paul would need the help of a neighbor to subdue the man again."

New Hampshire: No license needed to openly carry gun: "'The streets are not running red with blood out here,' said Elbert I. Bicknell, who was in Arizona last week. He said he can walk into a store with his holstered gun on his hip and 'nobody even takes a second look at me.' Bicknell is from Northwood, a Republican state representative, a retired state trooper and president of Gun Owners of New Hampshire. ... New Hampshire allows most people -- convicted felons are excluded -- to carry a loaded pistol in plain sight in public or a concealed unloaded weapon. No license is required. Under law that dates back to 1923, a pistol license issued by local authorities in the community of residence is necessary only if the individual intends to carry the weapon concealed and loaded, or loaded in a motor vehicle."

Florida: Bill seeks to limit gun confiscation: "Police shouldn't be allowed to confiscate guns from hurricane victims as they reportedly did in New Orleans, said a state lawmaker who has introduced legislation to make sure that doesn't happen in Florida. The National Rifle Association supports the bill from state Rep. Mitch Needleman, R-Melbourne, but Gov. Jeb Bush questioned it Friday. ... The bill (HB 285) would amend a law that permits the governor to suspend the sale, dispensing or transportation of firearms. It would add that nothing in the law 'shall be construed to authorize the seizure, taking or confiscation of firearms that are lawfully possessed.' 'We have an opportunity to reassert the right to bear arms and avoid the clear violation that occurred in Louisiana,' Needleman said in a prepared statement."

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