Wednesday, April 04, 2007

TX: Burglary suspect shot by homeowner: "A man in his 30s is in unknown condition at University Hospital after a homeowner shot him during a home invasion Sunday morning, authorities said. At 8:10 a.m. James Benton, 63, grabbed a 9 mm gun after he heard three men kick in the front door of his home in the 9600 block of South Bend, police said. He yelled at the men, but one suspect kept coming, he told police. Benton said he feared for his life and shot the suspect once in the chest. The other two suspects ran out and fled in a van. Benton had a camera mounted outside that showed the van backing into his driveway before the men forced their way into his house."

TX: Country singer shoots man in self defense: "Billy Joe Shaver's attorney says police have issued arrest warrants for the country singer after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar. Attorney Joseph Turner of Austin says Shaver -- who lives in Waco -- left a bar in Lorena on Saturday night. Turner says a drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed Shaver into the parking lot. The lawyer says Shaver shot the man in self-defense. Turner says police in Lorena -- about 80 miles north of Austin -- issued arrest warrants last night on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place. He says Shaver attempted to surrender to Austin police last night but was not arrested because the police did not have a record of the warrants. Lorena authorities could not be reached for comment this morning. The victim was reportedly shot in the cheek, but was talking and alert afterward and was hospitalized."

Illinois legislature may as well "invite the criminals": "After the Illinois State House of Representatives passed out of committee a string of anti-gun bills aimed at further eroding gun rights in the Prairie State, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) suggested that Chicago-dominated lawmakers ought to just put out a welcome sign for criminals at the state border. Anti-gun schemes headed for floor debate include gun rationing, restrictive handgun dealer licensing and a ban on semiautomatic sport-utility rifles. Such a ban could put several Illinois-based firearms manufacturers out of business, or force them to move their businesses to other states."

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