Thursday, May 03, 2007

Texas Governor says allow concealed handguns anywhere

Republican Gov. Rick Perry, pondering how to stop the kind of mass killing that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech, said Monday he believes Texans should be allowed to carry their concealed handguns anywhere. Under current law, secured airport areas, hospitals, courthouses, bars, churches and schools are among the places where weapons can be banned, even if someone has a state license to carry a concealed handgun, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Perry said he opposes any restrictions. "The last time I checked, putting a sign up that says 'Dont bring your weapons in here,' someone who has ill intent on their mind - they could care less," Perry said. "I think it makes sense for Texans to be able to protect themselves from deranged individuals, whether they're in church or whether on a college campus or wherever."

Perry made the remarks at a news conference after meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to discuss ways to prevent mass shootings and enhance school safety. The discussion stems from President Bush's drive to find solutions to such tragedies in the wake of the carnage at Virginia Tech.

About 260,000 Texans who have undergone mandatory background checks and training are licensed to carry a concealed weapon, records show. In the last fiscal year, 180 licenses were revoked and 493 were suspended for unknown reasons.


Georgia homeowner fights back : "WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that a South Richmond County resident will not be charged after he reportedly shot and killed a home invader. At the scene, WJBF has learned that when the Linderwood Drive resident came home today, he noticed that his home had been ransacked. He grabbed a weapon and came upon a suspect in his home. That's when he shot the invader. Early indications from deputies are that this homeowner was defending himself and no charges will be fired".

Georgia homeowner shoots intruder while on the phone to 911: "A homeowner took matters into his own hands Wednesday afternoon. He shot an intruder while he was on the phone with 911. The homeowner used a high powered rifle, similar to an A-K 47, to defend himself when he noticed his house had been robbed. He also noticed several of his guns were missing. While he was on the phone with 911, he saw the burglar come back into his house. The homeowner told investigators that because some of his guns were missing, he opened fire. Investigators say they believe he was acting in self-defense, but it's still early in the investigation. The intruder was identified as Erroll Royal. Royal died at an Augusta hospital a shot time after the shooting."

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