Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Deadly Kan. shooting took place in self defense: "An initial investigation shows that a deadly shooting Tuesday in rural Barton County took place in self defense. The Barton County Sheriff's Department isn't releasing the name of the man who shot and killed 33-year-old Harold Eugene Hughes on Tuesday morning. The lead investigator in the case, Det. David Paden, said the shooting happened after Hughes showed up at the home of the other man in a stolen Jeep with a stolen handgun. The men knew each other and had argued. The shooter called 911 at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday to say he had shot another man. He was questioned but not arrested. Paden said that the investigation is continuing but that the shooting "looks like self-defense." Paden said that the man was "in fear for his life."

No charge for biker who scared teens off with gun: "A Wisconsin bicyclist who pulled out his revolver to scare off a group of teens during an apparent robbery attempt won't be charged. The 42-year-old man told police he was riding his bicycle May 1 when four teens knocked him off and seemed to be trying to rob him, so he pulled out the revolver he was carrying in a side holster, pointed it up and yelled, "Gun." The teens fled and he flagged down a police officer. The man, who has asked not to be identified, was treated at the scene for a wrist injury. Police escorted him home and returned his gun to him. Racine County District Attorney Mike Nieskes sent him a letter Friday, saying he wouldn't be charged even though he was violating a law by carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. "After speaking with the investigating officer on this matter, I have decided it would not be in the greater interest of justice in the community to charge you with violation of Wisconsin Statute regarding gun free zones," Nieskes wrote. Nieskes noted that the man has no criminal record, and there was no showing of irresponsible use of the firearm."

PA: Proposed gun curbs have some up in arms: “The proposed Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 would require a license to own a handgun or semi-automatic firearm. Currently no license is required to own a handgun in Ohio. The bill would also require current handgun owners to become certified or risk losing their property. The bill was submitted by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., in January. The bill has no co-sponsors and was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.”

SAF: Sotomayor nomination a slap at Second Amendment: “The nomination of Second Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court is a slap at gun rights and the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment Foundation said today. Judge Sotomayor, a New York native, ruled on a Second Circuit Appeals Court panel that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right and does not apply to the states in the case of Maloney v. Cuomo. This ruling is in direct conflict with a Ninth Circuit Court ruling in the Nordyke v. King case in California that the Second Amendment is incorporated through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

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