Sunday, October 08, 2006

NC: Gun owners graying: "With five guns inside his house, 68-year-old Jess O'Strander feels pretty safe. Not that he would worry without them. 'I live in Fletcher,' he said. 'The only crime is if you're going six miles over the speed limit.' For rougher areas, like those along the 16-hour drive to Michigan he makes four times a year to see his children and grandchildren, he keeps a .22-caliber pistol in his car's console. Americans 65 and older now make up the age group most likely to own guns. ... Throughout the 1980s, more than half of survey respondents in their 40s consistently reported living in households with guns. That has sunk to an average of 38 percent this decade while seniors dropped less, to 42 percent."

NC: Homeowner shoots intruders: "The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a homeowner shot and killed an intruder on Cedar Valley Road near Hillsborough shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. Authorities said the shooting happened after the homeowner returned to his house and found intruders inside. According to investigators, the homeowner got a gun and a fight broke out. Authorities said one of the intruders was shot to death."

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