Thursday, February 26, 2009

Florida: Homeowner foils burglary attempt: "A resident on the 2100 block of Padlock Place heard what appeared to be someone breaking into their home earlier this morning. According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner stated a burglar was attempting to break the glass on a window. “There have been several burglaries in this area in recent weeks,” said Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said about northwest Tallahassee. “We don’t know if this is related to those recent burglaries; however, we have uniformed deputies in the area now and we are working on any leads.” Drzewiecki said the resident, armed with a shotgun, investigated. Upon finding an unknown person breaking into the home, the owner fired a shot, which missed, and the suspect fled. No one was hurt in the incident, and deputies are searching for the persons responsible for the break in."

Delaware man wrangles handgun from would-be robber: "When a New Castle area man found himself being held up at gunpoint early today, he managed to wrestle the weapon away from the would-be robber, a woman, police said. The bandit, who was unsuccessful in the robbery attempt, then ran off before New Castle County officers arrived. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Village Apartments, county police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said. Officers were called to Building R in response to the robbery report and spoke with the 51-year-old victim, who still had the woman's gun. He told the officers that he was about to enter his apartment building when he heard someone run up behind him. He turned around to see a woman approaching the building, so he held the door open for her only to be accosted at gunpoint. The man was able to wrestle the handgun away from the woman, run to his apartment and call police. The woman, meanwhile, ran out of the building and disappeared."

TN: Higher gun penalties pushed: "While the state legislature is pushing bills that would relax some gun laws, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton and county commissioners are championing a pair of proposed laws that would boost penalties for repeat offenders and people who carry guns without permits. Commissioners will vote today on two crime-fighting proposals, one from Wharton that would make it a felony instead of a misdemeanor for first-time offenders who are caught illegally carrying guns.The second, sponsored by Commissioner Mike Ritz, would enhance sentencing for repeat felony and misdemeanor offenders. It is not specifically related to gun crimes and would basically require more mandatory prison time for repeat criminals."

MT: Montana loading another shot for states' rights : "Montana lawmakers are betting the words `Made in Montana' might be able to trigger a court showdown with the federal government, while also freeing some gun owners and dealers from background check and licensing requirements.Under a proposed law before the Legislature, firearms, weapons components and ammunition made in Montana and kept in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation, potentially releasing some Montanans from national gun registration and licensing laws. The legislation could also free gun purchasers in the state from background checks."

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