Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Arizona Store Owner Shoots Robber With Robber's Gun: "A store owner wrestled a gun away from an armed robber and shot the man three times Monday, Phoenix police said. The would-be robber entered Soccer City shortly before 6 p.m., pointed a gun at owner Lionel Sanchez and demanded money, according to police. Sanchez told police the robber was talking to someone on the phone and indicated he planned to shoot. When the robber momentarily let his guard down, police said, Sanchez lunged for the gun and wrestled it away, then shot the intruder. The robber was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Police did not release his identity, but said he would be jailed upon his release from the hospital. Sanchez will not face charges. "Right now, initially, it looks like it's a case of self-defense," said Sgt. Phil Roberts. When asked why he was bold enough to go after the gun, Sanchez revealed he has studied karate for the past five years.

GA: Law protects armed homeowners: "In Georgia and more than 18 other states, you would be in no legal troubles, because those states have similar versions of a 'defense of habitation' law, sometimes known as the Castle Doctrine or, by its pejorative, the 'Make My Day' law. Modeled after a law passed in 1987 by the Oklahoma Legislature, and a similar one in Florida years later, the Georgia version has been tweaked and amended in recent years. Instead of justifying the use of deadly force only when the intruder makes a 'violent and tumultuous' entrance that causes the resident to expect to be assaulted, or causing the resident to believe that the intruder is about to commit a felony, Georgia in 2001 added a section to its defense of habitation law authorizing use of deadly force against any intruder -- not a family member -- who forcibly enters a residence. 'It does give (a resident) a little more leeway to defend himself without having to ask so many questions,' said University of Georgia Law Professor Donald E. Wilkins Jr. 'You shouldn't have to ask questions of intruders and then shoot to protect yourself. You ought not to have to interview them.'"

Lautenberg's travesty goes to the Supreme Court: "For many years the United States Government could not deprive you of your rights, without due process of law and a felony conviction. However, since the passage of the Lautenberg Amendment in 1996 tens of thousands of Americans have been deprived of their right to keep and bear arms for mere misdemeanors. Lautenberg's logic is if you commit any violent act then you should be deprived the use of firearms. The law enacted in 1996 was retroactive, meaning it not only affected future action but past actions as well. ... This law has irritated me for twelve years, as it clearly is unconstitutional. Finally, the legality of this act will face the scrutiny of the United States Supreme Court."

The Old Grey Mare : "Some handguns have long and illustrious histories. Some are beautiful, handsome or "fine", and there are even awe-inspiring movie stars like the custom long-barrel AutoMag used by Dirty Harry. I have a work horse. It's not pretty, shoots a half-assed round, isn't fast, isn't special in any way. But it's mine. The S&W 669. One of the alloy-frame "wonder 9s", 12 rounds in the magazine but fits the 15 round magazines of the "full sized" S&W pistols, as well as the 30 round magazines I kept seeing in the catalogs during the 10-round-limit high-cap magazine ban. Talk about an insane law, all it did was sell more of them. Over time I've found out that it's roughly based upon the 1911 action, but without the figure-8 cam. There is a "slap" when the gun is fired where the 1911 has more of a "push", maybe the extra moving parts in the 1911 are there for a reason. Colonel Cooper dubbed the basic design a "crunch-ticker", since the gun can be fired with the hammer down, but the hammer remains back after the action cycles so that subsequent shots have single-action ease. It may not be able to put the first two shots into the same hole (is there an echo in here?), but it is carried with the hammer down even when the safety is off, which is a comfort when carrying concealed. It also means there is no protruding hammer cocking surface. Someone who owned it before me also rounded over the front sight. It's very smooth overall, and doesn't catch on clothing at all when being drawn".

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