Saturday, November 12, 2005

Intruder gets off lightly: "A woman who wounded an intruder hiding in one of her closets says she shot his leg because she didn't want to kill him. Susan Gaylord Buxton, 66, said she's a good shot and could have killed the man because her gun instructors taught her well. Instead, she said, she aimed for his leg and fired a second shot to warn him as he hobbled off. Buxton has a permit to carry a handgun and will not be charged with a crime because she was defending herself, police said. "If I didn't have a gun to protect myself, I probably wouldn't be here," Buxton said. When Buxton let her dog out about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, she noticed a muddy footprint on her back porch. Buxton heard glass breaking and noticed that her cats were not in the room where they slept and that items in another room had been moved, police said. She told her 28-year-old granddaughter to call 911. Clutching her gun, Buxton checked several closets, eventually opening one near the front door. She said she pulled a coat away and saw a man, then told him to get on the floor or she'd shoot. He kept trying to grab the gun, but she fended him off, she said. He fumbled with the front door with one hand and reached for the gun with the other. She fired once, striking him in the leg."

San Francisco: Pistol owners open legal fire on victim disarmers: "San Franciscans have voted to outlaw private pistol packing with a ban that called for handgun owners to surrender their weapons to police. The politically powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) vowed on Wednesday to shoot down the ban with a lawsuit charging that it violates the Constitutional right of US citizens to bear arms. Gun control advocates lauded the San Francisco disarmament measure that won the support of 58 percent of voters in Tuesday's vote. The measure made it illegal for anyone other than police, military or licensed private security officers to own handguns. It also banned the manufacture and sale of all firearms and ammunition in the city."

Colorado: Man shot during robbery: "A suspected burglar was shot in the arm early Monday by a resident of the small hamlet of Bow Mar in Arapahoe County, 7News reported. ... 'The subject then fled the scene and went door-to-door trying to get help from people,' said Bret Cottrell, chief of the Columbine Valley Police Department. He was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he was treated and then released. The man was arrested following his release and booked into the Arapahoe County Jail."

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