Wednesday, June 21, 2006

CA: San Francisco will appeal on gun ban: "The city plans to appeal a judge's ruling overturning an ordinance banning handgun possession and firearm sales, the city attorney said Tuesday. San Francisco County Judge James Warren ruled in favor of the National Rifle Association on Monday that the California Legislature, not the city's voters, can enact gun regulations. City voters approved Measure H in November after the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, who were frustrated by a rising number of gun-related homicides in the city of 750,000, put the measure on the ballot. San Francisco recorded a 10-year high of at least 94 murders last year. "I respectfully disagree with the court's reasoning, and believe that San Francisco voters acted within their authority to restrict handgun possession and firearm sales within the limits of their own city," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

TN: Man shoots robber: "Tuesday, an ex-con was in a hospital bed, and the citizen who put him there said it was self-defense. Police don�t want people to go looking for trouble, but they say people have a right to defend themselves and their family. East Nashville residents tired of being targets said they're not going to let criminals control their streets. �We work hard every day, and we come home and stuff's torn up or stolen,� victim Teddy Frazier said. Frazier watched Monday as a stranger started casing his 1991 Chevy Silverado. "He's looking in the window, pulling up on it," he said. The 46-year-old electrician grabbed his gun and confronted the thief. �The marks are here where he was trying to pry open the window,� Frazier said. �I told him: �You need to get off my truck.� I warned him twice before I actually pointed the gun at him,� Frazier said. Frazier said the man lunged at him. The pool of blood in the grass tells what happened next. �I had no choice. I went ahead and shot him,� Frazier said. Floyd Cleveland took one bullet to the leg. As soon as he's out of the hospital, he'll be charged with aggravated assault and attempted burglary. He's no stranger to the system. Cleveland has been arrested for burglary and assault. In fact, he had just been paroled May 22 of this year."

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