Saturday, September 13, 2008

Georgia knifeman shot: "Investigators tell News 12 an 18-year-old with a butcher knife was trying to get into a house on the 14 hundred block of Wrightsboro Road. Deputies say the homeowner shot the intruder in the left leg with a 12gauge shotgun. The teen is recovering at MCG. At this time no charges have been filed".

NRA sues to enforce lifting gun ban: "The National Rifle Association says it's going to court to force communities to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow guns at home for self-defense. The NRA has filed at least four lawsuits since the high court in June struck down a handgun band in Washington, which is a federal district, USA Today reported Thursday. Some communities since have repealed their handgun bans, while others are waiting to see if the ruling applies only to federal districts or to state and local governments as well, USA Today reported. "There is going to be a lot of litigation on this," said Dennis Henigan, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The NRA lawsuits include the San Francisco Housing Authority and Chicago, Oak Park, Ill., and Evanston, Ill. Evanston ended its handgun ban last month but is considering reinstating it because a law firm has offered to defend the city at no cost, said Evanston Alderman Steve Bernstein."

Self-defense is manslaughter in Canada: "Words of advise from Judge Richard Brooke to the jury before they make a decision on the fate of Trevor Shannon. Shannon is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Evan Wilkes in April of last year at a Kelowna house party. Judge Brooke outlined a possible lesser charge to the jury of manslaughter if they are convinced that the force used by Shannon on Wilkes was proportional to what he faced. Shannon claims he used self defense after feeling threatened by Wilkes, and used a handgun to strike him on the head, but didn't intend to have it go off."

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