Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oklahoma Homeowner Halts Burglary With Shotgun Blast: "A man sent suspects running after firing a shot from his 12-gauge shotgun to end an attempted burglary overnight. It happened at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night near 45th and South Evanston. The victim told police his estranged wife and ex-girlfriend came to his home with two unknown men. The victim says his wife broke through the front window and the two men kicked in the front door. The man retreated to his bedroom and got out his shotgun and fired one shot through the front room wall. All of the suspects ran away from the scene. There were no injuries reported and no arrests have been made."

Pennsylvania Man Fires 3 Shots At Burglar: "No charges will be filed against a man who shot at a burglar in his home Thursday, Steelton police said. Officers were called to the 500 block of Lincoln Street just after 3 p.m. A resident called police and said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint. The resident had caught the burglar in the second floor of his home, police said. Before police arrived the burglar placed his hand in his pocket, which made the victim believe he was armed. The victim fired three shots at the burglar who fled. It's not known if the burglar was injured. The suspected burglar is a Hispanic male, about 5 foot 7 inches tall with some facial hair and a pony tail."

Panic gun buying mounts: "The outcome of the presidential election has spurred a huge boost in gun sales both nationally and locally. Gun owners are stocking up prior to President-Elect Barack Obama's anti-gun administration, fearing that certain now-legal firearms will be outlawed under new policies and proposals once he takes office. It amounts to "panic buying" — people are buying now because of the strong possibility that their sale could be outlawed within Obama's term, especially if the so-called "assault weapons ban" in reinstated. The uptick began in October, with many gun-owners fearing Obama would be elected. Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) showed 1,183,279 background checks were performed on firearm sales in October, a 15.4 percent increase from October 2007. More than 150,000 more guns were bought before the election as compared to October of last year. Richard Pacheco of Ritchie's Sporting Supply in Westport agreed, saying his business increased steadily in October and skyrocketed after the election. "My sales doubled the day after the election," said Pacheco. "The sales on that day set a new record for my business and it's been like that ever since. Hasn't stopped yet." The most popular being sold are the AR-15- and Bushmaster-type rifles, which many gun owners fear and predict will be outlawed simply on appearance. These guns are not "weapons that belong on foreign battlefields" as Obama misleads Americans into believing. They are not machine guns and do not provide selective fire, like many of the rifles used in the military. AR-15 and Bushmater types owned by civilians are simply semi-automatic.

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