Saturday, December 09, 2006

UT: U redirects victim disarmament fight: "University of Utah leaders are taking their gun fight to the Legislature, hoping to keep at least part of the school's controversial gun ban intact. After losing a lengthy and costly court battle, U. President Michael Young is working with legislators to find if the no-guns rule could work in limited circumstances such as in residence halls and athletic venues."

Thailand: Schools reopen with armed teachers: "Schools in parts of Thailand's violence-plagued southern province Pattani reopened Monday. Teachers were allowed to take weapons to protect their own safety. ... Education Minister Wijit Srisaarn said he believed self-defense measures, including allowing teachers to carry guns, will be effective in protecting the teachers. The educators themselves will also help security officials look after their colleagues, according to Wijit."


On August 27, I posted the following story:

GA: Self-defense law may aid accused shooter: "A former Gainesville businessman could fend off aggravated assault charges with the help of a self-defense bill signed into law earlier this year, the man's attorney said. Troy Millikan, who represents 47-year-old Anderson Bobo Briscoe, said his client's actions on Mother's Day 2005 are now protected by a statute known as the 'Stand Your Ground' bill, which was signed into law in April. Hall County authorities arrested Briscoe on May 8, 2005, after they say he shot Raymond F. Richardson, 65, of Gainesville following a domestic dispute on River Road Circle. Richardson was shot twice in the chest with a 9 mm, but survived. Briscoe later turned himself in and was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a gun during the commission of a felony. Briscoe, former owner of Briscoe's Boot Country, was indicted late last year before Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the 'Stand Your Ground' bill. But Millikan, who has filed a motion in Superior Court, said he will argue that Briscoe is 'immune' from prosecution because of the statute."

Bo has now written to me to advise that he was acquitted of all charges recently. See here. Excerpt: "It took less than an hour Thursday for a jury to find a former Gainesville business owner not guilty of aggravated assault in the shooting of his ex-wife's boyfriend... Briscoe testified that Richardson, who was unarmed, punched him twice as he sat strapped into the driver's seat of his Dodge Caravan. Briscoe said he grabbed his 9 mm Taurus handgun from a computer bag in the van to defend himself from the blows. Richardson was shot twice in the hands, according to medical testimony. One of the shots passed through Richardson's hand and entered his chest, leaving separate entrance and exit wounds, according to medical testimony. He survived the shooting but spent six days in a hospital... Quoting from the law in his closing argument, Millikan said his client was justified in the "use of force in the defense of habitation." Under Georgia law, a car can be considered habitation the same as a home, he said"

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