Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Alabama: Would-be robber shot dead: "A Fairfield man attempting to rob another man in Pleasant Grove was shot and killed by his intended victim Monday night, police say. Authorities are looking for others believed involved. Pleasant Grove Police Chief Bill Waites said a man went to check on a relative's home on Newberry Drive in the Ridgeway subdivision about 9 p.m. The man got out of his pickup truck and was approached by two armed men who demanded money "He pulled his own gun and shot one of them," Waites said. Waites would not identify the shooter. Marquis Ledelle Strange, 18, of Fairfield, was pronounced dead on the scene."

Ill.: Clerk kills fleeing robber: "A suburban grocery store clerk fired three shots at an armed robbery suspect fleeing on a bicycle, killing the man and raising difficult questions about the line between self-defense and vigilantism. Authorities in Waukegan on Tuesday had not decided whether to pursue charges, but others had already made up their minds. "Any time you point a gun at me and if I've got a gun and I've got the opportunity, I'm going to use it on you," Waukegan Mayor Richard Hyde said. "With society the way it is now and with the number of armed robberies you have, you've got to fight back." Experts said the difference between self-defense and a crime likely will come down to whether the suspect was posing a threat when the clerk decided to fire."... Police said Brandon Starks, 20, held up the People's Market about 7 p.m. Monday, brandishing a firearm as he demanded money from the clerk. After the clerk handed over the money, Starks fled on his bicycle. The clerk followed him outside and shot him three times, Cmdr. Wayne Walles said. Starks, of the 2000 block of Hervey Avenue, North Chicago, was pronounced dead at Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan at 7:35 p.m. He was paroled from a residential burglary conviction less than a month ago, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections."

Park employees fear people with rights: "More than three out of four (77 percent) of 1,400 present and former employees of the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) predict that the controversial Department of Interior (DOI) proposed rule reversing the long-standing prohibition of carrying loaded, concealed weapons in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges will have an adverse affect on the ability of NPS and USFWS employees to accomplish their mission. This finding and others are contained in "Natural and Cultural Resource Impacts and Management Consequences of the Proposed Regulation to Authorize the Possession of Concealed Firearms in Units of the National Park & National Wildlife Refuge Systems," a major new report the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), which now has more than 670 members".

PA: Mother wants gun permit restored: "A Lebanon County mother who carries a pistol will ask a judge to restore her concealed weapons permit. Meleanie Hain is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in county court. She's appealing the county sheriff's revocation of her permit after other parents complained last month that she was carrying her loaded handgun in a holster at her daughter's soccer game. Hain's lawyer said state law allows gun owners to carry their weapons openly without a license everywhere but Philadelphia. Dozens of second amendment rights supporters are expected to attend the hearing."

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