Friday, February 03, 2006

Texas: Elderly homeowner shoots drunk intruder: "A 26-year-old Texas City man was shot and killed late Friday night after he apparently mistook someone else's home for his own. Texas City police Sgt. Brian Goetchius said David Wayne Stewart was shot after he kicked in the door of a home in the 900 block of 26th Street North around 11:30 p.m. Friday. Police said they believe Stewart, who was walking home after picking up some food at a nearby fast food restaurant, was intoxicated and was trying to get into the wrong house. Stewart's own home is just blocks away, police said. Texas City police received a call from a woman saying her husband had just shot someone trying to break into their home. When police arrived, they found Stewart lying inside the front doorway. Goetchius said the 74-year-old homeowner fired a single shot from a handgun. While an investigation is ongoing, it is unlikely the homeowner will face any criminal charges."

Canada: Police chiefs fear end to firearms controls: "The head of Canada's police chiefs says he will impress upon the new federal government the merits of the national gun registry, a much-maligned system the Conservatives have promised to scrap. Jack Ewatski, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said he wants to open a dialogue on firearms with the ministers to be named early next month to the justice and public safety portfolios. ... The federal requirement to register shotguns and hunting rifles, initiated by the Liberals in 1995, has long rankled critics who say it is a wasteful exercise that does not reduce firearms-related crime. A 2002 report by the federal auditor general put the computerized registry's price-tag at $1 billion, a figure that dwarfed the original $2-million estimate and further riled opponents."

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