Monday, March 10, 2008

NC intruder shot: "A Charlotte man who police say was trying to break into a Shamrock Drive apartment was shot and critically injured by a person who lived there. Rontrey Eric Digsby was at Carolinas Medical Center Saturday in critical/stable condition Saturday, according to police. He is charged with first-degree burglary for trying to break into the apartment on Shamrock Drive, near the Charlotte Museum of History. Police have released the name of the man who pulled the trigger, but the Observer didn't publish his name because he has not been charged with a crime. According to jail records, Digsby's last known address was on Treetop Court in east Charlotte. He has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2003, when he was 17, according to a search of court records."

Colorado: Shots fired, boy scares off burglar: "A boy fired a gun and chased away a burglar who tried to break into a house north of the city this afternoon, deputies said. Ryan Dohoney was home alone when he heard a burglar inside the house, 11909 Vermillion Road, at about 12:30 p.m., Boulder County Sheriff's deputies said. Dohoney fired a shot to scare the burglar off. The burglar fired one shot, ran out the door and ran from the property, deputies said. The burglar was dressed in black and wore a mask, deputies said. Deputies did not say who fired the first shot, though both were fired inside the house. No one was injured. Deputies rushed to the scene after dispatchers received calls about shots being fired. Investigators did not locate the suspect immediately.

.50 cal hatred again -- now on Hawaii: "The House Judiciary Committee heard and deferred indefinitely HB2999, an omnibus bill with 8 restrictive firearms bills rolled into one. After extensive and lop-sided testimony against it, the Committee Members declined to pass any part. Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Chief Boisse Correa and his Legislative Liaison leader, Major Gregory Lefcourt, didn't take no for an answer, and went public with a press conference to try to resurrect their.50 caliber rifle ban contained within the bill. That's all they really wanted. We are surprised that HPD administrators persist in repeating inaccurate information about this type of firearm. Although they have two in inventory, they do not demonstrate practical knowledge of this cartridge. Contrary to HPD's representation, there are ranges within the state where private citizens may fire these guns safely. Private ranges are available. Military ranges on Oahu and Neighbor Islands have affiliate clubs where military, retired, and their guests are permitted. A new public range is planned accommodating this cartridge. There have been zero crimes in the U.S. involving these guns. They were not developed as military weapons as HPD claims, but by civilian target shooters over the last 20 years."

Second Amendment suits U.S. citizens: "The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly states "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Though U.S. citizens disagree on a number of issues, the American people are united behind this amendment, reinforcing the right of an individual to own a gun. A recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that 73 percent of adults believe the Second Amendment guarantees an "individual right" to own a gun, with only 20 percent believing it supports gun ownership as a right reserved for "state militias."

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