Monday, November 17, 2008

Louisiana Woman Shot After Being Mistaken For Intruder: "A Keithville woman is recovering from a gunshot wound after she was mistaken for an intruder at her home. Denise Giddens, was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center after being shot in the stomach by her brother, Michael Henderson. Henderson said he'd been staying with his sister at her residence in the 8300 block of Godfrey Road. Two nights ago, someone tried to break into the residence, and Henderson believed the intruder was looking for him. Henderson obtained a handgun and was sleeping with the gun last night. When Giddens got up during the night to check the locks on the doors, Henderson heard the noise and fired the shot not knowing the target was his sister. The case remains under investigation by Sheriff's Detective Donnie Laney."

CA: Sheriff tries to limit concealed weapon permits: "Orange County's new sheriff is cracking down on concealed weapon permits, leaving some gun owners in a huff. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has ordered a review of the 1,100 permits issued under her predecessor Michael Corona, and 422 permit holders have gotten letters saying the licenses will be revoked unless better justification is provided. California law allows sheriffs and police chiefs to grant the permits to anyone who shows `good cause.' Hutchens says jewelry store owners and other potential robbery targets should hold the permits but many are harder to justify. . County supervisor Chris Norby says his office has been flooded with phone calls and e-mails from angry permit holders."

Pa. court hears challenge to Philadelphia gun laws: "A lawyer for the National Rifle Association told a state appeals court Wednesday that the city has no authority to implement an assault weapons ban because such a measure deals with constitutional rights. The NRA is challenging a series of gun control measures that City Council passed in an effort to combat gun violence. Mayor Michael Nutter signed the bills even though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has previously upheld the state's exclusive right to enact gun laws. Lawyer C. Scott Shields, who represents the NRA, said the city simply isn't allowed to regulate firearms. "When you deal with firearms rights, you deal with constitutional rights which have statewide concern," Shields told the Commonwealth Court during arguments Wednesday. "If you're not a prohibited person and you own an AR-15, that's lawful."

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