Thursday, February 12, 2009

GA: Shot man kills robber: "Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said Richard Ellis, 38, of Cauthen Court in Marietta was getting out of his car in his garage late Saturday night when he was approached by a man with a handgun. The man demanded money from Ellis and shot him in the leg, police said. Pierce said the incident was not a random crime and that the two men had "previous contact" in the past. "Within moments of being shot and while the male is briefly distracted, Ellis grabbed the gun and a fight ensued in the driveway of the residence over control of it," Pierce said. "Detectives believe that Ellis was eventually able to wrestle the weapon away from the male before shooting him twice with it." The wounded man, identified as John Harrison, 33, of Palmetto, ran to the front porch of a nearby house and collapsed, Pierce said. Harrison was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital but died of his injuries. Ellis was treated at the hospital for his wound and released.

Oklahoma robber shot dead: "Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to a shooting in the 600 block of East 53rd Street North. They found Terrance L. Johnson, 16, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Police at the scene said the shooting might have resulted from a botched robbery attempt. On Monday, however, detectives were still investigating what led to the shooting, Ashley said. Preliminary information indicates that Johnson had gained entry into the home and that a resident of the home saw him with a handgun. The resident retrieved a gun and shot Johnson, Ashley said. The man who shot Johnson was interviewed by police and released. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for a determination on whether charges should be filed."

FL: Gun dealers experiencing shortages of bullets : "Selling bullets may be the most secure job in Florida as long as supplies last.After months of heavy buying, gun dealers across the state are experiencing shortages.Some say it began with the election of President Barack Obama. Others say it's about the economic downturn or fear of crime. .'The survivalist in all of us comes out,' said John Ritz, manager of East Orange Shooting Sports in Winter Park. `It's more about protecting what you have.'Demand for bullets is so strong that suppliers are restricting deliveries.'Where we used to get 20 to 30 cases [in a shipment], we may get two to three cases now,' said Vic Grechniw of Florida Ammo Traders in Tampa."

MT: Aggressive gun-rights bill widely supported, opposed: "Proponents of House Bill 228 said gun owners in Montana are now held captive by gray areas in Montana statute that could lead to them being prosecuted for defending themselves with their firearm, or even displaying a pistol to deter would-be attackers... If passed, the bill would, among other things: allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit; greatly strengthen self-defense protections in the state; allow people to display their gun to deter an attack; allow people to use a gun whenever at risk of physical harm; and, in shooting incidents in which the person who fired the gun claimed self defense, require the state to prove that it was not."

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