Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TN: Self-Defense Ruled In Case Where Student Was Killed: "A criminal homicide charge was dismissed Friday morning against James Bryan Miller in the case in which a Central High School student was killed in a home invasion at Summit. Isaac Robinson was killed in the incident on Oct. 3 at a trailer at 3933 Pattentown Road.... Miller was at the residence with Jamie Schultz, Jeff Duckworth and Kaitlin Ezell. He said Miller was on a love seat with Ms. Schultz near the front wall of the trailer when they heard pit bulls barking outside. He said Miller looked out and could see under a night light that three people were approaching the trailer. He could see that they were wearing hoodies and masks and one had a shotgun, it was stated. Det. Merritt said Miller went for a nearby gun and began firing as soon as the trio forced their way inside. Robinson later died from his wounds after being taken to Parkridge Hospital. Shadden was shot in the back and was interviewed by police after he went to Erlanger Hospital for treatment of his wound. The third person was not hit by the flying bullets. Det. Merritt said Shadden had been involved in a similar home invasion at the same trailer on Sept. 20. He said in that incident Shadden went in with a gun and shot an individual in the trailer. He said those inside jumped Shadden and beat him up. The detective said Shadden will be facing charges in connection with both incidents. In dismissing the murder charge against Miller, Judge Moon cited a Tennessee statute that permits a person to use deadly force in their own home, is not conducting any unlawful activity and who is in reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury."

OH: Clevelanders register their guns, but don't have to : " Hundreds of Cleveland residents voluntarily register their guns with the city, even though a state law banned Cleveland and other cities from forcing people to register their weapons.Cleveland officials said they have always enforced state laws, even those that conflict with city ordinances, after the state passed a law last year that revised portions of the concealed-carry law and implemented one set of gun rules statewide, nullifying local firearms ordinances.For example, the city no longer requires people to register their handguns with City Hall. But some people continue to do so, and the city willingly takes down their information, said Lt. Thomas Stacho, a police spokesman. "

AR: Gun enthusiast attempts to repeal open-carry ban: "While never being a victim of gun violence, Brian Martin of Jonesboro said he hears about it getting closer to his home every day."If I can't live, what can I do?" Martin asked rhetorically.What Martin is doing is attempting to change state law to make it legal for him and others to openly carry guns. Arkansas law specifically prohibits the carrying of handguns outside a person's home or car unless that person has a concealed weapons permit, is hunting using a handgun permitted by the State Game and Fish Commission, or is acting in the capacity of a law enforcement official, security guard, correctional officer or member of the armed forces. The law does not allow the open carry of handguns for those not in law enforcement."

Good Washington AG Opinion on proposed gun ban : "The Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is hailing an opinion issued this week by Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna that says cities cannot enact local laws to prohibit the possession of firearms on city property or in city-owned facilities, effectively nixing a plan by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to do just that by executive fiat. The opinion was written in response to an inquiry from several state lawmakers. It was signed by Deputy Solicitor General William B. Collins."

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