Sunday, January 13, 2008

San Francisco Gun Ban Ruled Null and Void: "The California State Court of Appeals announced today their decision to overturn one of the most restrictive gun bans in the country, following a legal battle by attorneys for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a previous court order against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. "Today's decision by the California State Court of Appeals is a big win for the law-abiding citizens and NRA Members of San Francisco," declared Chris W. Cox, NRA's chief lobbyist. In 2005, NRA sought an injunction against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to prevent them from enacting one of the nation's most restrictive gun bans. NRA won the injunction, but the City's mayor and Board of Supervisors ignored the court order and approved a set of penalties, including a $1,000 fine and a jail term of between 90 days and six months, for city residents who own firearms for lawful purposes in their own homes. Today's decision came in the form of a 3-0 opinion in favor of the lower court ruling overturning the gun ban."

MD: Gun permit reinstated: "A Chambersburg man who had his gun permit taken away after bringing his weapon into a voting precinct was in court Tuesday.Greg Rotz says he did nothing illegal when he brought his openly carried firearm to a voting precinct on election night in November.According to state law, he's right. That's why after a very short hearing Tuesday afternoon, a judge decided Rotz's permit should be returned. The Chambersburg native says when he arrived at the precinct, a constable told him he would be more comfortable if the gun was not brought inside, but Rotz reminded him it was his legal right to openly carry. The constable then contacted former Franklin County Sheriff, Robert Wollyung, who revoked Rotz's permit. It only took Judge John Walker about a half hour to decide Rotz did not break the law and his permit should be returned."

Alabama shooting death ruled self-defense: "Wednesday's shooting death of Michael Jerome Brown has been termed an act of self-defense. Police spokesman Officer John Young said Friday that a man shot Brown, 29, multiple times inside an apartment in Garden Park Estates, after Brown threatened residents with a firearm. Brown's body was found by police at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday inside an apartment in the 1000 block of E. Woodlawn Drive off Dauphin Island Parkway, Young said. Police are withholding the name of the man who shot Brown, Young said, because charges have not been brought against him. Young also declined to comment on whether the man is a resident of the apartment community. Police on Friday would also not say why Brown brandished a weapon and threatened residents. Young did, however, say Brown was not a resident of the apartment community and that he was visiting people living in an apartment on the block where he was killed.

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