Wednesday, February 28, 2007

CA: Teen shot during alleged break-in: "A 17-year-old youth suffered a gunshot wound Friday after allegedly attempting to rob a house here. Riverside County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary call at 11:36 a.m. at a house in the 7000 block of Riverboat Drive, according to a sheriff's statement. A woman reported that someone kicked down the front door of her house while she and her husband were inside. The woman's husband shot at the intruder and chased him out of the house."

Bad aim: "While the Brady Campaign nibbles on its nails and adopts a 'See? We told you so!' attitude about guns in the hands of the bad guys, there's nary a word about guns in the hands of the good guys. Those who stopped Talovic are just one of any number of stories involving self-defense utilizing deadly force to face deadly force. In the last week alone, I personally read at least a dozen stories where law-abiding citizens defended themselves and their property with a firearm."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Press ignores FBI study about gun laws: "For more than two months, a damning report on a five-year study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about how cop-killing criminals ignore gun laws and where they get their guns has languished in the shadows, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms revealed today. 'The public has a right to know the contents of this report, which was revealed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police last year,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron."

The M-16

The following post is excerpted from Captain's Journal

Every so often the issue of the M-16 comes up.  I published some thoughts on it in Kill Versus Wound — The M16A2 .22 Caliber Round.  I have been following the issue of the M16 and more discussion has occurred recently.  I also recently enjoyed shooting an M4 (actually, A-15, M4 mil specs) on a range in Pickens, S.C.  Eugene Stoner is universally regarded as a genius for the design of the Stoner system of armaments, and properly so.  The rifle I shot was light, tight, compact and accurate, and the sights could be trained on the target quickly due to the minimal recoil.  In my opinion it is a magnificent weapon (with one significant caveat).

The Strategy Page recently had informative article on the 5.56 mm round:

The debate over the merits of 7.62mm versus 5.56mm bullets has been going on since the M-16 was introduced in the 1960s. While each side has its proponents, only the “slow and heavy” crowd gets anything published, since only opposing the establishment is news. But there are plenty of supporters for the 5.56mm round. Many of them are in the US Army, and serving in combat.

Most of the complaints come from people who just like the larger (US or Russian) round, and their preference is more visceral than logical (as it is with many supporters of 5.56mm). The fact remains that soldiers would be able to carry fewer of the larger, 7.62mm, rounds. This is not a popular option among troops in the combat zone. Those combat troops know how to aim properly and take down the target, and find that the 5.56mm round does the job.

When a 5.56mm round hits one of those “slender” targets “that keep coming”, what nobody mentions is that the serious wound (the idea that they cause little damage is incorrect) means that the target is probably going to bleed out in not too long (unless he gets treatment from a medic, which takes him out of the fight). This is because the 5.56mm round is a “tumbler” and will “tumble” at very high velocity. This causes enormous flesh and organ damage.

Global Security documents the use of the M16A2 in Iraq, including some of its problems (such as barrel length, making it difficult for close quarters combat, and of course pointing to the M4 with its shorter barrel and retractable stock as the solution).  However — and here is the caveat to the magnificence of the Stoner system — it sustains frequent jams, and this is a problem that has had real consequences.  It is customarily asserted that weapon cleaning can prevent or reduce the frequency of jamming, but my experience is that jamming occurs as a result of ammunition and machining tolerances, and not necessarily having anything to do with weapon cleanliness.

The Marine Corps Times has an extensive article on a potential replacement for the M4/M16 initiated by special operations forces (followed on by a discussion thread at the Small Wars Journal).  But this will likely not be available to be implemented large scale for some time.  Weapons, in this instance, are like body armor.  There is significant inertia associated with the Department of Defense, and fielding equipment that is seen as “better” is not customary.  Difficulties with funding, studies, procurement and QA programs, usually causes the delay in deployment of new equipment until all known liabilities have been perfectly rectified (or at least that is the intent).  This means that the M4/M16 will likely be in service for the foreseeable future.  I have heard reports from members of the armed forces that for the well-trained infantryman, any jam can be cleared in five seconds or less.  While I am certainly not capable of this, I don’t doubt that training decreases the down time from a weapons jam.  There isn’t much an NCO or officer can do about the defense budget.  But they can ensure well-trained infantrymen.

Monday, February 26, 2007

IL: Dad shoots son's killer: "His son answered a knock at the front door Wednesday, and suddenly, the 'pop, pop, pop' of gunshots broke the silence of a sleepy afternoon in his Niles home. Leonard 'Lenny' Bird Jr. was upstairs and knew his son was in trouble. He grabbed his gun and ran toward the front door, where he saw an intruder, and watched his son, Michael Childers, dying in the doorway. Bird and at least one gunman exchanged gunfire, then the gunman and a second intruder fled .... Relatives suspect that the incident started as a robbery attempt. They said there had been an attempted break-in at the home in the last year. But Nielsen doesn't think it had anything to do with her brother's job, collecting and selling coins. Police said nothing was taken from the home."

L.A. officer fatally shoots idiot who pointed gun at him: "A police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a gun at him, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. Saturday in South Los Angeles after police saw two cars driving erratically and tried to pull them over, said Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman. One of the cars stopped and a passenger got out, Lopez said. As the officers approached the man after exiting their squad car, he pointed a gun at them. One of the officers then opened fire, and the man died at the scene, authorities said. The car then sped away. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Authorities did not release identities of the officers or the man fatally shot."

Sunday, February 25, 2007

TX: Intruders shot during home invasion: "Dallas police continued Thursday to investigate a home invasion and robbery that led to the shooting of two suspects. Three people were in an apartment in the 6800 block of Skillman Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, when two men entered, police said. One of the apartment occupants handed a handgun to another occupant, who shot the two intruders. Both suspects were taken to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. One of the suspects, Roy Anthony Saldana, 20, was listed in serious condition. The two men were face charges of aggravated robbery, police said."

Pilot program: Repeal all gun laws for 5 years: "Given the successes of those states issuing concealed carry permits to citizens, I suggest a nationwide pilot program: the repeal of all anti-gun laws -- all 22,000 of them -- for a period of five years. This includes a moratorium on all new gun laws for five years, and suspension of all court cases pending for weapons charges with the exception of violent crimes involving a gun. Owning a certain rifle is considerably different from holding up a liquor store with a gun. The object is, of course, to demonstrate the truth and genius of the sovereignty of the law-abiding, and to give trial to the second amendment's ageless place in our society. ... Understand, members of Congress, that we do not take the law into our own hands -- we are the law. Nothing could recognize that better than repealing all gun laws."

Gang violence: What would libertarians do?: "People who ask 'what should we, as a society, do' about a given problem always conclude that we need more laws, policies and programs as if we did not have enough already. America has more social programs than any other country on the planet. Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. We drive ourselves crazy enacting more and more laws, policies and programs while the problems we attempt to solve get worse and worse."

Saturday, February 24, 2007

SC: Woman uses gun to scare off intruder : "The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of a home invasion suspect who was scared off when the female resident wielded a gun at him Saturday. The intruder is described as a black man 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt and blue jeans. Investigators said they think the man entered the woman’s house through an unlocked sliding door, according to a press release issued Monday by the sheriff’s office. The woman was in her home at Journey’s End Road near Darlington when the incident occurred. The woman, who called the sheriff’s office at about 7:15 p.m., said she stepped from her laundry room and saw a man standing in her living room. She told deputies that when the man saw her, he turned over a coffee table and appeared to be trying to get to her. The woman said she ran to a bedroom, got a pistol and came back to the living room, where she told the intruder that she was armed. When the intruder saw the pistol, he turned and ran from the residence. The woman said she fired several shots as he ran from the house, but she doesn’t know if any of the bullets hit him. The woman wasn’t injured, according to the press release."

GA: Kennesaw sticks to its guns: "A visitor could drive the length of Kennesaw and think it a lot like other fast-growing metro Atlanta communities. Except for the Confederate flags that fly atop Wildman's Civil War Surplus Shop downtown and the presence of a certain famous train, not much sticks out among the modern housing developments and retail plazas. But in one way, Kennesaw is different: Its residents are required to pack heat. ... Next month, Kennesaw marks the 25th anniversary of what a local historian called the ordinance 'that rocked the world. ... We don't have officers who go out and check your house to see if you have a gun,' said police Lt. Craig Graydon, who has fielded calls about the ordinance from reporters in France, Australia and Japan. 'The law gives you enough loopholes that you can get out of owning a gun.' Conscientious objectors to firearms, felons and persons with physical or mental disabilities are exempt. No one has ever been arrested for not having a gun, Graydon said, and there is no penalty for violating the ordinance."

CCRKBA challenges mayors to "close government gun loophole": "The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his colleagues in the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' coalition to devote all their resources to closing the government gun loophole. The Washington Post this week revealed that between February 2002 and September 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 160 missing firearms. That is in addition to the 352 missing guns the FBI reported lost or stolen in a similar audit in 2002."

Friday, February 23, 2007

The wonders of British gun control: "Membership of a gang could add extra years to jail terms for violent knife and gun crime, under a review of policies to tackle the growth of firearms on the streets. John Reid, the Home Secretary, announced the plans after hearing that younger teenagers were now using guns and that Britain was in danger of producing a generation of urban “child soldiers”. The stark warnings from police about the trend towards younger people turning to firearms to settle trivial disputes came at a gun-crime summit at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Police in London have been told by community leaders that children as young as 8 and 9 are being used to carry and hide guns for teenagers. In Manchester teenagers aged 13 and 14 are wearing body armour. Mr Reid promised that ministers would clarify whether a five-year minimum jail term could be handed to those aged 18 to 21 for possessing firearms. He also pledged a wider-ranging review of sentencing for firearms offences, though a number of community leaders said that more criminal justice measures were not the answer."

AL: 75-year-old woman shoots intruder : "Police are looking for a man reportedly shot by a one-armed, 75-year-old Geneva County woman during a burglary attempt. At around 11:00PM Wednesday night, Catherine Tate says her burglar alarm indicated someone trying to get inside her bait shop. The business is next to her home. Tate says she found a man trying to get inside and refused to stop. She says her business has been broken into several times in the past. 'When I heard the office alarm I came and grabbed my flashlight and gun. Then I came and saw him by the door. I shot him with this, a 38-caliber gun. I hit him. Yeah, I know I hit him,' said Tate."

AL: Victim wounded, suspect dies in attempted robbery: "A Selma businessman was hospitalized and a suspect killed following an attempted robbery over the weekend. Selma police said a second suspect was arrested. Authorities said it happened Saturday night about 7:30 p-m when two juveniles confronted Nathaniel Gary after he closed his business on Broad Street. Police said Gary, owner of Doc's Fashions, exchanged gunshots with 18-year-old Michael Walker and 17-year-old Keotha Billingsley. Walker was shot dead. Billingsley fled the scene, but he was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Police said Gary was shot in the leg and was treated and released. Police said he will NOT face charges."

Thursday, February 22, 2007

TX: Homeowner shoots and kills intruder: "A homeowner shoots and kills a man authorities say broke into the family's Bullard home. It happened just after 12:00 p.m. on County Road 150 in Smith County.The Smith County Sheriff's Department says the owner of Graham Farms came home to find a strange car in his driveway, and the door to his house open. They say Terry Graham shot and killed 34-year-old Hiram J. Chambers, of Tyler, after coming face-to-face with the man. Chambers allegedly reached for something in a bag, and authorities say they later found two loaded weapons."

Romney joined NRA ... last August: "Mitt Romney, who has touted his support of gun owners since launching his presidential campaign, yesterday acknowledged he did not become a member of the National Rifle Association until last August, campaign officials said. A former advocate of gun control, Romney during his 1994 run for the US Senate backed measures the gun-rights group opposed, such as a five-day waiting period on gun sales and a ban on certain assault weapons. ... Spokesman Kevin Madden said Romney did not join the NRA just to court gun owners, who are considered a force in Republican primary politics. 'He joined the NRA because, like millions of Americans, he supports the group's advocacy of the Second Amendment and its commitment to education programs promoting the safe use of firearms by law-abiding gun owners,' Madden said."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

SC: WWII vet says he shot man who invaded his home armed with rifle: "An Orangeburg man says he shot another man who broke into his home, while the person who was shot is telling another story. A 24-year-old Minel Street man remains hospitalized at the Regional Medical Center after being shot at least once in the back.... No charges were filed against any of the parties believed to have been involved in the incident as of late Tuesday. Jackson, who fired his weapon from his bed, calls the incident a home invasion.... The wounded man, meanwhile, says it was perhaps a misunderstanding. He told deputies that he, a friend and a female acquaintance were at the female's house drinking beer early Tuesday. The trio then left because he "needed to talk to the man about some money," according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office incident report. The wounded man said that while brandishing a gun, his friend kicked in the front door to the residence and ran inside, according to the report. There, the friend encountered the 80-year-old Jackson. The invader then fled the residence, the report states. When the second man tried to flee, he was shot in the back and fell, he said".

IL: Cook County withdraws "bullet tax" plan: "With a ban on assault weapons set to take effect in Cook County, Ill., on Monday, the county's board of commissioners has rejected a novel approach to dealing with a $500 million budget deficit -- an attempt to impose a tax on bullets. Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, who proposed the plan at a county board meeting on Feb. 6, told Cybercast News Service on Friday that while the amount of money it would have raised -- about $735,000 per year -- was 'very small,' the ordinance would have re-affirmed 'that we are an anti-gun, anti-violence type of community.'"

Third mayor bows out of antigun coalition: "A third mayor has bowed out of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors' coalition, saying he is in favor of disarming criminals, but 'not at the risk of losing our Constitutional freedom.' SAF learned from the staff at Gun Week that Rio Rancho, NM Mayor Kevin Jackson has withdrawn from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, without having attended a single meeting of the group, which now reportedly involves more than 150 mayors."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

AR: New bill would recognize right to shoot intruders: "A new bill under consideration could give some Mid-Southerners more rights when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes. That bill is causing some controversy. The bill proposed by Pine Bluff State Senator Jerry Taylor would let a homeowner shoot an intruder on the property outside their house. It is a bill prosecutors in Arkansas do not like. Richard Butler Senior knows what it means to shoot an intruder in your home. Last year his son was at his house when a man broke in and threatened to kill him. He shot the man who ran outside. Butler's son was never charged because his life was in danger when he shot the man. Under a new bill proposed in Arkansas, a homeowner would be able to shoot an intruder, not only in his or her house, but on their property as well. The lawn and the out buildings are also considered in the proposal."

Gun control candidates need not apply: "For the American electorate, candidates who commit to the concealed carry bills and who see them signed into law will show a deeper respect for citizens and the law of the land than gun control obsessives. ... Rudy Giuliani announced in a tour through Kalifornia that his gun control helped reduce crime in New York. (Gun control puts the K in Kalifornia.) ... Gun control contributes nothing to crime control any more than delaying police contributes to crime control. It harms innocent constituents by disarming the very people on whose authority police operate."

LA: Judge cites Nagin, Riley in gun rights lawsuit: "A federal judge has held New Orleans' mayor and police chief in contempt of court because a city lawyer repeatedly ignored deadlines for answering questions from two gun-rights groups that succeeded in stopping police from seizing guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina. In a written order Monday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rebuked Assistant City Attorney Joseph DiRosa for 'wholly unprofessional conduct' that 'shall not be condoned' for his repeated failure to hand over information in a lawsuit seeking a permanent order blocking such gun seizures. Barbier, scheduled in June to try the case filed by the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation against the city, said DiRosa admitted he had 'no good reason' for failing to respond on time to information requests from the plaintiffs."

Monday, February 19, 2007

British gun crime spreading: "Gun crime is being exported from the inner cities to the shires, the senior officer in charge of the national firearms policing strategy has told The Times. Keith Bristow, lead officer on firearms crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers, was speaking as Scotland Yard battled to contain the violence in London, where one man was shot dead and another injured over the weekend.... But as the death toll mounted in the capital, Mr Bristow gave warning that the gun problem was moving to the shires. The proportion of gun crime occurring outside the hotspots of London, Birmingham and Manchester has risen sharply from 36 per cent in 2002-03 to 45 per cent in 2004-05. The spread of gangs and guns to smaller cities and provincial towns went “hand in hand” with the expanding market for crack cocaine, said Mr Bristow, who attributed the displacement in part to a tough police response in the big cities.... The typical pattern is that a crack dealer establishes a trade in an area but, when that becomes saturated, it generates competition and violence between drug dealers and more robust policing. These factors force some of the dealers to go elsewhere in search of new markets. They bring their guns with them.” He cautioned against the view that firearms were only a problem for the black community. “It is much more about where you went to school and whom you hang out with than about ethnicity.”

British government still thrashing at the air: "Tony Blair announced a major review of firearms laws today in the wake of five fatal shootings in London but insisted once again that the wave of gun crime sweeping British cities was “a specific problem within a specific criminal culture” rather than a reflection of wider social ills. A man was shot in the leg in North West London overnight as armed gangs continued to show their contempt for the law. Another man was shot dead in East London yesterday and three others wounded in shootings in Manchester. The attacks follow a spate of gun murders in South London, including the deaths of three teenage boys in the past fortnight which provoked a national debate on youth crime and prompted the Prime Minister to order a review of gun laws. Mr Blair said today that he was considering various proposals, including lowering the age at which the mandatory five-year sentence for carrying a gun can be imposed from 21 to 17 to remove the incentive for gang leaders to give guns to minors. He also confirmed his backing for a New York-style crackdown in which police could be given new powers to mount surveillance on the homes of people suspected of possessing and using firearms.... The Prime Minister said that a proposed law change to make gang membership an aggravating factor in sentencing was “the correct thing to do”.... As teams of armed police patrolled South London another man was murdered in the east of the capital yesterday. Gunmen shot a 28-year-old man in his car in Hackney before blasting him again as he tried to escape. A witness reported seeing three black men walking “confidently” away."

British Libertarians respond to mounting British gun deaths: "The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today calls on the British Government to take firm action over the shootings of young men in South London. It believes the best action would be to relegalise guns and let ordinary people fight back with lethal force against the violent criminals who presently rule the streets of our cities. Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says: "The Libertarian Alliance believes in a return to the wise laws of our ancestors, under which a person could walk into a gun shop and, without showing a licence or any form of identification, buy as many guns and as much ammunition as he pleased, and could keep these at home, or carry them about in public, for the defence of his life or property. "We have the most restrictive laws in Europe on gun ownership. These have plainly not worked. In 1968, in 1988, and twice in 1997, we were promised a safer country if only we gave up our guns. We were cheated. "In fact, the only people who have no guns are the respectable. Those who do commit assaults are no more likely to obey the gun ban than they are to stop listening to horrid music or to wash their hands after using the toilet. "Even turning the country into a police state, with powers of random stop and search and scanners in public places, will do nothing to disarm these creatures."

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Lying statistics cannot conceal the constant failures of British gun control: "A man in his mid-20s was shot dead in London overnight in the latest in a series of fatal shootings that has fuelled public concern over gun crime and youth gangs. The latest victim was attacked by two men in Hackney, east London, according to a police. In Manchester, an 18-year-old was shot in the back late on Friday. He was taken to hospital and his injuries were not said to be life threatening. Two more men, aged 19 and 27, were shot and wounded as they sat in a car at traffic lights in the Longsight area of the northern city. Chief Superintendent Dave Keller, of Greater Manchester Police, said overall levels of gun crime in the city have been falling, although there has been a rise in recent months. "Clearly there are tensions in the area," he said. "This problem is only caused by a small number of individuals. We are actively targeting those individuals."

MS: Wounded clerks' boss now armed, "ready": "It was business as usual on Tuesday at the Chevron on 905 W. Northside Drive in Jackson. But three days earlier, it was mayhem as a gunman opened fire on two employees during a robbery. The attack was caught on surveillance video. Police are still looking for the shooter. ... After being shot once in the neck and three times in the torso, Bassam Alomari grabbed a .44 Magnum, walked out of the store and fired three shots at the suspects, store manager Mohammad Shawsh said. Arhgoummi, who had worked at the store only four days, was shot once in the head and once in the stomach, Shawsh said. If there's another robbery, Shawsh said, his employees will be prepared. As Shawsh stocked a shelf Tuesday, he did so with one gun in a hip holster and guns in each of his two front pockets. 'We're ready,' he said. 'If they come back here, they're not going to leave back out.'"

NY: Man shoots and kills intruder: "City police officers today released the name of the man who was shot to death in an alleged burglary attempt in southwest Rochester. Rufus D. Hooker, 38, of Rochester died Wednesday after he was shot multiple times in the chest at 198 West High Terrace, said Rochester Police Sgt. Mark Mariano. Hooker was found dead in the home's snow-banked driveway when police arrived about 8:30 p.m. The shooter – Reginald Leslie, 29 – reportedly told officers he wrestled the gun from Hooker and shot him with it. Hooker allegedly broke into Leslie's home through the basement on Wednesday night, officers said. A physical confrontation reportedly ensued when Leslie went to investigate. No charges were filed with respect to the shooting, but a grand jury is expected to review the case in the next 45 days."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

TX: Store owner kills would-be robber: "A liquor store owner shot and killed a man who tried to rob him Wednesday evening, police said. The shooting occurred about 5:40 p.m., when a man walked up to the counter at Ione's Liquor Mart in the 8300 block of Broadway and threatened the owner with a long-barreled weapon , said Sgt. David Crain of the Houston Police Department's homicide division. At that moment, a customer opened the store door, and the owner took advantage of the distraction to pull out his own weapon and shoot the man, who died at the scene."

SAF lauds Anchorage mayor who backs out on Bloomberg: "The Second Amendment Foundation today applauded another western mayor for bowing out of Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors' coalition. Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Mark Begich announced his withdrawal from Bloomberg's 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' in a letter to the Anchorage Daily News earlier this week. While noting that he supports efforts to prosecute armed criminals, Mayor Begich acknowledged, '... upon further review of the coalition, it appears they may have a different agenda than I anticipated.'"

Bloomberg should change course, work with industry: "With a third departure from Michael Bloomberg's 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' coalition, and a warning from the Justice Department about conducting any further gun shop stings, the Big Apple mayor should change course in his campaign and work with the firearms industry, instead of against it, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb suggested that Bloomberg should take a different approach to the problem armed criminals present to his city, and stop trying to spread his brand of gun control all over the country."

Friday, February 16, 2007

Worse tragedy averted because shopper was armed: "By now the story of the attack Trolley Square shopping mall in Salt Lake City is widespread. An 18-year-old man, armed to the teeth, walked into the mall and just started randomly killing people. Witnesses spoke of the eery 'calm' look on his face as he took the life of one person after another. What prevented the tragedy from getting worse was that another shopper in the mall was armed as well."

AZ: Robber shot by homeowner: "An alleged robber was taken into custody Wednesday morning after being shot in the arm by the owner of the home police said he'd broken into. Police said the man broke into the house near Third and Virginia avenues just before 4 a.m. and was confronted by the homeowner, who had a gun.The homeowner shot the alleged robber in the arm and then was shot in the hand with his own gun while he and the robber struggled, police said. The homeowner was able to subdue the alleged robber until police arrived and arrested him."

The facts of Britain's [banned] gun culture: "In 2004-2005, 34 per cent of recorded gun crime occurred in London, at a rate of 50 offences per 100,000 people. Between April 2001 and October 2005, 63 per cent of victims of murder and attempted murder involving firearms in London were black. "Gun crime is mainly committed by young men aged 16-25. Offenders and victims are getting younger and a disproportionate number are African Caribbeans," according to the Metropolitan Police. Shotguns can cost as little as 50 to 200 pounds. There is an emergence of "disorganised" as opposed to organised criminals using firearms to settle relatively trivial disputes, especially in "the street level economy". The illegal drug market remains the single most important theme in relation to the use of illegal firearms, but gang membership and the need to emulate successful criminals are also important factors. Gangs or "crews" are formed typically from close friendship groups based around a school or neighbourhood and offer members safety in numbers. In south London, crews in key areas such as Brixton, Peckham and New Cross have territories that include housing estates and shopping centres. Internal rivalries, notions of "dis" (disrespect), and drug raids by the police all destabilise gang structures and can inflame violence. Even quite trivial disputes can result in shootings because the presence of guns aggravates threats and makes pre-emptive attacks more likely: the so-called "shoot or be shot" scenario".

Thursday, February 15, 2007

British gun control at work. Teen shot dead in London is third this month: "A 15-year-old boy has been shot dead in south London, becoming the third teenage boy to be gunned down in the area this month, police said. London Police Chief Ian Blair has called a meeting with colleagues following the spate of murders, the Metropolitan Police said. "We would like to reassure the communities in south London that we are taking the current situation very seriously and are doing everything in our power to find those responsible," the police said in a statement. In the latest killing, officers were called to an address in Lambeth, where they found the boy with a gunshot wound. Paramedics also attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Cordons were put up around the area as a murder investigation got underway. Another 15-year-old boy, Michael Dosunmu, was shot dead at his house in Peckham, south London, on February 6. Three days earlier, James Smartt-Ford, 16, was gunned down a few miles away at Streatham ice rink. Despite the rising death toll, police insisted overall gun crime in London continued to fall. [How? The Times has more]

Oregon Woman fights off intruder: "An Oregon man is charged with attempted murder after a struggle inside a rural Ontario home. Malheur County Sheriff's deputies say 38-year-old Christopher Scott Hardy entered the home of a 33-year-old woman. She struggled with Hardy for control of his gun and she was able to fire all the rounds, escape and call 911 around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies say the victim knew Hardy. "Basically what she did is she saved her own life by deciding that she was going to fight and attempt to escape," said Brian Wolfe, Malheur County undersheriff. Hardy was tracked to another home north of Ontario and arrested. Back in 2000, he was convicted of attempted rape and several counts of sex abuse against two teenagers and served prison time. Hardy's being held in the Malheur County Jail."

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

NC: Thwarted Thief : "A pistol-wielding clerk told police she she chased away a robber Monday night. Officers would not release her name Tuesday. Burke County Sheriff's Detective Rodney Norman says a man came into the Shop and Save on N.C. 18 North about 10:30 p.m. Monday and asked the 34-year old female clerk if she was alone. Norman says the clerk had noticed the man around the store earlier in the evening, and thought something was amiss. He says the clerk told police the man slid her a note across the counter that said "Give me the money from the drawer or you're dead." The clerk told the man she couldn't read English, Norman says. She told the detective the man then got angry and pounded on the register until it opened. Norman says the clerk pushed the register drawer closed before the man could get any money from it. She then pulled a small silver handgun from under the counter, Norman says. The man ran from the store when he saw her cocking the weapon, the detective says. The clerk had pushed a button that automatically calls police, Norman says. He says she did that after the man in the store asked her if she was alone."

Florida teen shot, charged, after breaking into classmate's home: "A 17-year-old boy was recovering Tuesday from a gunshot to the chest after he tried to break into the home of a classmate who had allegedly been spreading rumors about his girlfriend, authorities said. Daniel Scott Merkel has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief and is in custody as he recovers at Delray Medical Center. "I'm just happy he's alive," the boy's mother, Mary Merkel, said Monday. Ricardo Collier III, 44, who shot Merkel early Sunday morning, has not been charged with a crime. Investigators said he was defending his home under Florida's Castle Doctrine law, which allows the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable fear of imminent peril." According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report, the teen was banging on the Colliers' front door. Ricardo Collier called 911 and told the 6-foot, 215-pound high school wrestler to leave. Merkel then charged at the door and broke inside, the report stated. He lunged at Collier, who shot Merkel in the chest, according to the report."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

SC: Man found not guilty in '05 shooting: "An Horry County jury acquitted a Garden City man of murder after about 12 hours of deliberations that began Wednesday afternoon, according to court officials. Around 2 a.m. Thursday, the jury returned its verdict for Henry 'Luke' Bramlett, finding him not guilty of all charges in the shooting death of Robert 'Wayne' Tomlinson in August 2005, assistant 15th Circuit Solicitor George DeBusk said.... Bramlett was accused of shooting Tomlinson, his former neighbor, 13 times with a .22-caliber rifle during a dispute over the placement of a storage shed on Tomlinson's property.... While the prosecution and defense agreed Bramlett shot Tomlinson, Martin argued Bramlett did so in defense of himself and his property. Prosecutors maintained that Tomlinson was killed in cold blood because Tomlinson offended Bramlett. The argument revolved around a carport Tomlinson had on his property. Bramlett was annoyed with the placement of the carport because it stood only inches from his property line, violating county zoning. The argument boiled over Aug. 18, 2005, when Tomlinson confronted Bramlett and Bramlett shot him."

Banning handguns would save lives? It just ain't so!: "A Los Angeles Times opinion piece by Jennifer Price last February, 'Gun Lobby's Perfect Aim,' asks: why not ban handguns? She was writing in anger and sorrow over the murder of her brother David and his wife, by the wife's mother. Emotion is a poor basis for public policy, and the essay demonstrates a poor grasp of the underlying problems."

Monday, February 12, 2007

GA: Man in critical condition after killing intruder: "A Coweta County man was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest after killing the intruder who shot him early Thursday morning.Police said the two men were part of a domestic dispute that erupted in gunfire in the normally quiet Coweta County neighborhood. According to investigators, the victim, Kevin Went, and his girlfriend were inside the home on St. James Place near Sharpsburg at the time of a violent intrusion. The girlfriend's ex-boyfriend kicked down the door about 5:30 a.m. with a gun in hand. Both men started to argue and both started shooting."

AZ: Legislators seek to ease claims of self-defense: "State lawmakers are working to overturn one man's murder conviction and make it easier for a Tucson man facing similar charges to escape prosecution -- all in the name of self-defense. The Senate Judiciary Committee is to consider legislation today to retroactively add language to a change in a self-defense law approved last year. The new wording would say last year's law applies to any case that had not yet gone to the jury. Most immediately that would nullify a jury's guilty verdict in the case of Harold Fish, a retired Tolleson schoolteacher convicted of the 2004 murder of a hiker in Coconino County. The jury rejected Fish's arguments that he was acting in self-defense. That case was conducted under law in effect when the murder took place -- rules that required a defendant to prove he or she had no choice but to use physical force. The law was changed effective April 24, 2006, to put the burden instead on prosecutors to prove a defendant did not act in self-defense. "

Sunday, February 11, 2007

In gun-banned Britain surgeons need skills from a war zone: "Dr Tunji Lasoye is woken by the telephone. It is after 2am and within seconds he must decide whether the young man shot in South London minutes earlier requires his help. "If it's a single shooting, probably they will deal with it fine," he says. In that case, over the phone from his home in Thamesmead, he directs operations at King's College Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. If the young man has been shot a number of times, or if several people have been shot, Dr Lasoye will immediately drive to the hospital, in Denmark Hill. He is the lead A&E clinician at King's and in the past five years has become an expert on gunshot wounds. "There are times when it's pretty quiet," he said. "Then you will have unfortunate times like this week when you have three or four in succession." This week in South London there have been four shootings and a fatal stabbing. James Smarrt-Ford, 16, was shot dead while ice-skating, Michael Dosunmu, 15, was in his bedroom when he was killed in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity. There were 505 "gun-enabled crimes" in Lambeth and Southwark in 2006. Although not all were shootings, guns were used by criminals at least once a day in the hospital's catchment area.... Next month in a big laboratory in Central London, not far from where Mrs Cope's son was shot, 20 surgeons, mainly from British hospitals, will get a crash course in dealing with bullet wounds from 20 top surgeons, mainly from America."

TN: Pharmacist stops armed robbery using her gun: "Susong Pharmacy in Greeneville usually welcomes the sound of a person entering the store, but not lately. The pharmacy has been robbed twice in the last few months and employees have had enough. 'I hated it happened, but he asked for it in my opinion,' a store employee who asked to remain anonymous said. Police say an armed man entered the store wearing a ski-mask this afternoon, went to the front, and demanded hydrocodone. An unnamed pharmacy technician says the man confronted her. 'It was like deja vu, being that I was just robbed by what looked like the same gentleman back on December 27th,' the woman said. 'He thought he was going to walk in, walk back out, and he was very surprised. He got a little bit more than he asked for.' The woman says her co-worker pulled out her gun and fired a warning shot at the man. She says the first round didn't phase the robber, but the second did. She says the bullet hit the man in his chest and before the robber made it out, the employee fired one more shot."

Saturday, February 10, 2007

MS: Auto repair shop robbed for 29th time: "Maybe he hit the guy when he fired his .38, maybe he didn't, but Eugene Miner is fed up either way. On Sunday, the longtime Jackson business owner was burglarized again, the 29th time that has happened to his auto repair business, he said. It was the second time in two days. He can't take it anymore. 'I think I hit one of them,' he said Monday morning. 'He was limping when he was going up that hill there.' .... What happened, according to both Miners, is this: Two skinny guys in a white 1991 Ford Crown Victoria backed up to the same bay door that had been broken into the day before. Eugene Miner said he'd fixed the door with metal and wood, and that he knew it was a 1991 Crown Vic because he's in the auto business and knows cars. A short black man with light skin and a taller black man with dark skin broke through the door with a 2-by-4. The Miners said they watched all this from the shop's office, adjacent to the repair bay where the burglars were but separated by thick glass. Eugene Miner said the tall guy crawled on the floor next to an undamaged bay door. The other guy stayed where he was. "That's when I started shooting," he said."

NYC gun stings questionable, feds say: "Private investigators hired by the city to conduct sting operations on out-of-state gun shops could be breaking the law, and the dealers they caught making illegal sales will not be prosecuted, federal officials said Thursday. City officials have sued more than two dozen dealers after hiring investigators to pose as buyers attempting straw purchases, in which one person fills out the paperwork for the gun but is buying for someone else. The scam is often used by convicted felons and others barred from owning firearms.... The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced in May it was reviewing whether the city acted legally. "Potential legal liabilities" arise when civilians do the work of law enforcers, Department of Justice spokesman Bryan Sierra said Thursday. The department has decided charges are not warranted against dealers in the sting cases, he said. It was unclear whether the private investigators could face charges" [BATFE doesn't like anybody else on its turf]

Friday, February 09, 2007

Michigan: Invaders stopped: "An accused intruder shot during a botched robbery attempt in Ann Arbor late Friday was arraigned Tuesday on six felony charges in the case. A second man also was arrested Tuesday and is expected to be arraigned today. Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Jim Stephenson said this morning that detectives are seeking a third man but would not discuss his potential involvement in the shooting. The three men are suspects in a late-night attempted robbery and shooting inside an Ann Arbor home in the 700 block of Miller Avenue. Police said several people were inside the home when two intruders forced their way in. Gunfire was exchanged, and a 19-year-old resident and one of the intruders were shot. Stephenson said the intruders appear to have targeted that home, but he declined to elaborate. He declined to say who was firing shots and said police are still piecing together the case, but none of the residents inside the house is expected to be charged - "they are all victims and witnesses.''

IL: Teen killed after burglarizing cop's home: "A Chicago Police roundtable discussion is under way Tuesday afternoon after a teen allegedly broke into an off-duty officer's home and was fatally shot when the officer caught him in the Gresham neighborhood Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred at the 8600 block of South Bishop Street, according to Fire Media Affairs Assistant Director Eve Rodriguez. About 8:30 a.m., an off-duty Gresham District officer, still in uniform, was returning home from work when he found his back door ajar and his home burglarized, according to police News Affairs Director Monique Bond. The officer, an 11-year-veteran, entered his home and heard voices. The officer observed the offender, announced himself as an officer before he shot the offender, who was believed to be armed and allegedly reaching into his pocket, with his service weapon, Bond said."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Second Amendment Freedoms Aided the Civil Rights Movement

Prominent and indispensable among our rights is the "right of the people to keep and bear arms." Second Amendment rights, never to be infringed, were posited by our nation's founders as among the most essential tenets of the free and just republic they sought to establish.

The empowering freedom of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is particularly timely during Black History Month, for its role in the victory of civil rights for all is sorely overlooked.

As the nation reflects on the struggles and achievements of our African-American citizens, we must celebrate the actions of heroic civil rights activists known as the Deacons for Defense. In the fight for equality, these brave men utilized their right to bear arms to protect their families, possessions and liberties.

Unfortunately, these freedom fighters are seldom mentioned as an important part of African-American history. Even prominent civil rights movement chronicler Taylor Branch gives the Deacons only passing mention in his three-volume work on the movement during the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. years.

In his 2004 book, The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement, Tulane University history professor Lance Hill tells their story. Hill writes of how a group of southern working class black men advanced civil rights through direct action to protect members of local communities against harassment at schools and polling places, and to thwart the terror inflicted by the Ku Klux Klan. He argues that without the Deacon's activities the civil rights movement may have come to a crashing halt.

More here.

Infamous D.C. Leftist finally sees reality -- sort of: "If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. That's the argument of D.C. Council member Marion Barry, who on Tuesday proposed temporarily suspending the district's ban on handguns and allowing residents 90 days to buy and register guns legally. "We are in the midst of a gun-violence epidemic," Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, was quoted saying in The Washington Times. "We need to see gun violence as an emergency in the District of Columbia." Handguns in Washington, D.C., are illegal, but police managed to confiscate more than 2,600 last year. After the 90-day registration period, current gun restrictions would be reinstated, but Barry's proposal would up current penalties for illegal pistols from a maximum of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A second offense would double the maximum, according to the bill."

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

MO: Elderly woman's shotgun confiscated -- despite no charges: "Some people shake their head at buying Girl Scout cookies. But an elderly woman in the far southern reaches of St. Louis shook a shotgun, police say. They knocked on the door of one house, police say, and were told to go away. But the man rang the bell a second time -- whereupon a 78-old-woman answered the door with a shotgun in hand. The father and daughter fled back to their home, where the father and called police. Police say they confiscated the shotgun, described as a double-barreled 12-gauge. But prosecutors decided against filing any charges."

Smith & Wesson tries to get back in game: "Smith & Wesson may be best recognized as the brand of choice for Dirty Harry, the movie cop who warned punks his .44-Magnum was 'the most powerful handgun in the world.' But that was in 1971, and much has changed in the past 36 years. Police officers want lighter-weight pistols than the bulky steel revolver Dirty Harry Callahan barely concealed under a sport coat. Soldiers need foolproof weapons that won't get jammed by the desert sands. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said that agency stopped using Smith & Wesson handguns in 2002 and switched to weapons made by Glock, a European manufacturer. 'I don't think we stopped using the manufacturer (Smith & Wesson) so much as it was maintenance issues,' Browning said. 'Every six or seven years, you have maintenance issues on a gun. Parts wear out ... so you purchase something new.'"

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

O'Neal pleads self-defence: "American actor Ryan O'Neal defended himself following his weekend arrest for investigation of assault, saying he grabbed a gun and fired after his adult son swung a fireplace poker that grazed him several times. O'Neal told the Los Angeles Times the incident occurred after he arrived home with a group of friends, including his former girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. The group had been celebrating Fawcett's 60th birthday and that she was cancer-free after four months of treatment. The 65-year-old actor said his son, Griffin, had been visiting and grabbed a fireplace poker and started swinging it. His son grazed him four or five times, he said. He "aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head," O'Neal told the newspaper. "I got a little nervous at that point and fled to my room ... and I got my gun," he said. O'Neal said his son began to come up the stairs with the poker. "So I just fired it into the banister, and that scared him and he fled," he said. Sheriff's deputies arrested O'Neal for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon"

Another triumph for British gun controls: "A 16-year-old boy was shot and fatally wounded during a Saturday night disco at a crowded ice rink. James Smarrt-Ford was standing in a crowd of people yards from the rink edge at the packed disco in Streatham, South London, when a gunman opened fire, hitting him twice.... Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, leading the murder hunt, said: "This was just a 16-year-old boy who went to the skating rink on a Saturday night." He said that police were trying to find out whether the dead boy had been with friends and what he had been doing during the evening. "We don't know who he came here with or how long he had been here." They were not sure whether he was the only target, or even the intended target. He appealed in particular for anyone who may have seen the gunman running down Streatham High Road at 11pm to come forward. Six youths and an 18-year-old man have been arrested, but Mr Richardson believed that the gunman had escaped. Yesterday detectives from Operation Trident, which covers black-on-black gun crime, were studying CCTV footage. Residents said that gangs of youths would descend on the arena on Friday and Saturday nights. "Every now and again there would be a crew or a gang who would come down," Sam Kinsey, 20, said. He added: "A knife attack wouldn't have surprised me, but it's not good to think of guns in Streatham."

Monday, February 05, 2007

OH: Store clerk fights back: "For the second time in a week, a store clerk fought back against would-be robbers. The attempted robbery occurred at the Walford Market in Clinton Township at about 8 p.m., NBC 4's David Wayne reported. Police said 19-year-old Shandos Young and 18-year-old Justin Cockrell entered the market with bandanas over their faces and threatened the owner and another employee. The store owner wrestled the gun away from one of the robbers and then fired the gun at them. 'I seen these guys storm in with their guns. I dropped the phone, backed away, drew my gun and fired two shots and just tried to get them out of the store,' said Clive Weidle, the store clerk."

WI: Trumped up charges for pizza deliveryman who shot robbers: "A pizza deliveryman who has shot two people on the job in the past seven months was hit with his first criminal charge Wednesday: carrying a concealed weapon. Andres Vegas, 46, who told authorities that the teenagers he shot last month and in July were trying to rob him, appeared in court and was released on a $1,500 signature bond Wednesday. He faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. ... The complaint says the suspect admitted trying to rob Vegas, who prosecutors then determined was justified in the shooting. But because Vegas' gun had been on 'the front passenger seat beside the pizzas,' it met the definition of a concealed weapon. The complaint also says that 'prosecutorial discretion' was why Vegas wasn't charged in the July shooting, even though he 'admitted to carrying a gun on his person in a concealed manner.' But Vegas was warned then that he could not carry a concealed gun for protection on his job."

More mayors join victim disarmament conspiracy: "Thirty-one more mayors from across the country have signed up for the Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns since the group held a national summit in Washington on Tuesday. Mayor Bloomberg, who co-chairs the coalition with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, said the membership spike shows 'that momentum is building for our effort to crack down on illegal [sic] guns and convince state legislatures and Congress to take ideology out of law enforcement.'"

Sunday, February 04, 2007

AR: Landlord -- change deadly force law: "A Pine Bluff woman charged with second degree battery following a 2005 incident in which her gun discharged during an altercation says her case illustrates why legislators should remove the requirement of Arkansas' law that civilians retreat before they use deadly force. Jean Painton of Pine Bluff, president of the Jefferson County Landlord's Association, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at the state Capitol that she was charged with a criminal offense and sued in civil court for attempting to intervene with a gun to help an 11-year-old at an apartment near her office."

GA: Pair of gun bills shoot through committee: "Two bills meant to beef up protections for Georgia's gun owners passed committee Monday and will move on for debate in the state House of Representatives.House Bill 6 makes it illegal for law enforcement to seize a law-abiding person's gun during an emergency situation, such as a flood. It also removes the governor's power to suspend the transportation or sale of firearms in such a crisis.And House Bill 89 would make it legal to hide a gun anywhere in a vehicle, clarifying a law that currently requires the gun to be fully visible or in a glove box or console. Under this new law, a driver could keep their gun under their seat, for example, said state Rep. Tim Bearden, who is sponsoring the change."

Give them a shot: "You hear about it all the time. Every day, people walk into reputable gun shops, purchase all sorts of dangerous weaponry, and shoot up whomever happens to be nearby. When D&L Shooting Supplies was just by Lippitt Elementary school in Warwick, kids were getting shot on a daily basis. So we can certainly expect the same now that it's moving near Robertson Elementary. From the outrage expressed by some parents, you'd almost think the paragraph above was in some way true. Fortunately, that's not remotely the case. We don't mind parents wanting to provide a safe scholastic environment for their children. But the protests about D&L's relocation make little sense."

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Let's truly prevent violent crime: "Determining effective solutions to the violence, which threatens our communities requires real honest efforts to keep us safe. Cosmetic answers to complex problems might present the allusion of safety, yet more suitable solutions to ending violence are required. Guns have been epitomized as the culprit to disorder in society. This shallow explanation for the causes of social disorder has blinded many people from the truth. Stricter gun-control laws will ultimately fail in reducing crime. As a committed educator I am fully aware that the proper guidance of our children, and the acceptance of personal responsibility for our individual actions provides the soundest solution to addressing all forms of violence pervading our communities."

OK: Former athlete killed in home invasion: "Oklahoma City police were called to an apartment at 2201 NW 122 about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Police were responding to a 'home-invasion' call. When they arrived they found 33-year-old Richard Dean dead. Dean also goes by Mandrell Dean. Mandrell was a well-known athlete at Millwood Public School. He also played for the Oklahoma Wranglers, and had signed to play with the Green Bay Packers. Police say 17-year-old Brandus Clayton shot Dean after he had broken into his apartment, demanding money and jewels. Clayton said he gave Dean what he wanted, but Dean demanded more. Police say that is when Clayton's girlfriend asked Dean to leave. Dean became mad and assaulted the female, according to authorities. The 17-year-old victim then reached for a firearm kept close by and shot Dean."

OH: Armed criminals attack churchgoers: "The Columbus Dispatch reported this week that two criminals brought a pistol into a church and began robbing churchgoers during Mass. Due to a state law which prohibits firearms in places of worship, all the victims were unarmed. Thankfully, however, that did not transform at least five of the churchgoers into a victim mindset. ... Moments later, four other parishioners "came through the doors like football players," Carol said. They tackled Hollingsworth and piled on top of him as he squirmed to get free. The four, who were between their late 50s and early 70s, stayed atop Hollingsworth until police arrived moments later. "One guy, I betcha in his 70s, was laying into the bad guy with no fear at all," Bob said. "Those four were heroes. They knew he had a gun." These two criminals couldn't have cared less about state legislators establishing this private property as a victim disarmament zone. A gun control law which prohibits felons from even possessing firearms didn't stop Hollingsworth either .... As is typical, only the law-abiding citizens (in this case churchgoers) followed the law, and as a consequence were forced to face armed criminals with nothing but their empty hands."

Friday, February 02, 2007

CO: "Make my day" law may be refurbished: "Lawmakers are looking at expanding Colorado's 'Make My Day' law -- which says people who use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes can't be prosecuted. A proposal called 'Make My Day Better' would also protect people who use deadly force to protect themselves in their businesses and automobiles."

Introducing America's gun owners: "The right of Americans to bear arms, as stipulated in the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution, will soon get a microscopic examination as different presidential candidates establish their positions on gun ownership. I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce the readers of this column, and by extension their candidates, to American gun owners. I won't pretend gun owners are a homogeneous group, but it's safe to say that a significant portion of them resemble the folks I've described below in their beliefs and actions."

KS: Locals rewriting concealed-carry? "Even before Kansas had a concealed-carry law, the 2005 Legislature tried to ensure that locals couldn't restrict gun rights more tightly than the state. Now, though, some cities are putting their own spin on concealed-carry, following the League of Kansas Municipalities' view that cities, like other property owners [owners??], can opt not to allow concealed handguns in their workplaces and on their property."

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Safe at home? "When a South Hall homeowner shot and killed an armed intruder last week, it was a fairly easy call by officials not to bring criminal charges. District Attorney Lee Darragh quickly determined that the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Robby Bailey by Conditioned Air Systems president Doug Magnus was justified. Bailey, who had a lengthy criminal history and spent more than 10 years in and out of state prisons, fired several shots at Magnus while lurking outside his home wearing a ski mask, according to authorities. But self-defense shootings such as the one that ended Bailey's life are not commonplace. Prosecutors and police often must wrestle with the facts of each case, and, in recent years, legislators have passed new laws they say strengthen a citizen's rights to use deadly force in self-defense. National Rifle Association spokeswoman Ashley Varner says that while self-defense shootings may not be commonplace, the use of guns to defend life and property is. "People every day defend themselves with firearms without having to fire a shot," Varner said. "More often than not, when someone is trying to burglarize a home, homeowners merely need to show that they have a gun." ... Hodges dismisses Georgia's "Castle Doctrine" bill as unnecessary and essentially irrelevant. "It didn't change a single thing," Hodges said. "They just codified well-established common law. It's just something for the legislature to make them look good and look tough on crime. You never had a duty to retreat from your own home."

Tennessee store owner shoots at fleeing thieves: " Two "fat" men wearing masks when they broke into a store early Saturday morning did not count on the owner being present and firing a gun at them. They dropped their loot, one jumped through the window they had broken to get in, and the two sped off in a hurry from Frenchman's Market on Burgess Falls Road... The store owner, Roland Derive, told the deputy he had been upstairs asleep when the sound of breaking glass woke him. He said he grabbed his gun and went downstairs into the store, where he immediately noticed shattered glass. As he walked toward the counter, he spotted a man outside and heard him yell, "Get out, he's here!" It was at that time that Derive saw another man run from behind the counter, step onto a chair, and leap through the window to the outside, the report says. Derive fired shots at the fleeing man and said he did not know if the bullets struck him or not. He then heard a car leaving the parking lot and shot at the vehicle, firing through the front door while standing inside the store, the deputy's report says... A black plastic bag was found on the counter, and it contained cartons of cigarettes the burglars had left behind. On the outside of the broken window, there were numerous cans of tobacco, the report says."