Wednesday, March 22, 2006

PA: Proposed changes to gun laws : "Gun owners and sportsmen gathered in Harrisburg Tuesday to support two proposed laws to end gun registration and broaden self-defense rights in Pennsylvania. State Representative Steven Cappelli of Williamsport and two other state lawmakers announced a proposal to make it a felony for anyone to maintain a gun registry. The state police already has one. The three also introduced a House Bill which would strengthen laws dealing with the use of lethal force in self defense."

AL: Deadly force bills lined up for passage: "The Alabama House and Senate are now in position to approve legislation that would expand the instances where a person can kill someone to protect a home, business or vehicle. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to approve a deadly force bill that passed the House last month. The bill now goes to the Senate. A nearly identical bill passed the Senate earlier in the session and has cleared a House committee. It is awaiting a vote in the House. Current state law allows a person to use deadly force if someone breaks into his home and the resident feels threatened, but also says deadly force should not be used if the resident feels he or she can 'avoid using force with complete safety.' The legislation removes that language, but says a person must feel threatened at the time they use deadly force. ... Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, said he voted against the bill because he is concerned that people will be shot when someone thinks they are breaking in a house, but they are really not."

CA: Good riddance to a dangerous nut: "A 54-year-old man was shot and killed by an El Dorado County sheriff's deputy Saturday night after he pointed a gun at the deputy, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The incident occurred at 9:25 p.m. on Vallecito Court in the rural community of Garden Valley, where deputies responded to an emergency call that the man, who lived in a motor home on the property, was making threats to others on the property. The property owner said the man had been drinking and had fired a gun, the Sheriff's Department reported. Deputies attempted to contact the man for about 35 minutes. When he emerged from the motor home with a gun pointed at his own head and then at a sheriff's deputy, the deputy shot him, according to the news release."

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