Thursday, May 21, 2009

OK: Homeowner takes a shot at burglar: "One burglar may be considering a different profession after nearly losing his life during a break-in, last Wednesday. Heather Fitzgerald says she was checking e-mail in her garage with the garage partially open. Shortly before 3:00 a.m., however, an intruder crawled in. Heather immediately worried for her children, who were sleeping inside the home. She grabbed her 9-milimeter pistol and fired two shots at the man. Police do not believe he was hit because they found no blood at the scene. As he was running away, she says she lined up the gun’s laser sight on his back, but did not pull the trigger again, most likely sparing his life.”

FL: Shooting may be self-defense: "Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said a woman who fatally shot a man Tuesday night might have acted in self-defense. Robinson was found dead inside the doorway of a home in the 6400 block of Myrtle Hill Circle after deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ted Roy said. The homeowner, Jessica Blackmon, 23, was found inside a nearby home about 30 minutes after the 9 p.m. shooting. She was taken to Baptist Hospital with an injury to her head. She was treated and released. "We believe she is the one who did the shooting," Roy said Tuesday night. "We're just trying to determine the reason." Blackmon's relationship to the victim was not released, but people who said they knew Robinson suggested the two were not dating."

CA: NRA sues San Francisco over victim disarmament laws: “The National Rifle Association has filed suit against the city of San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong, taking aim at city laws it contends violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The NRA filed the lawsuit in federal court Friday on behalf of six residents and the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association. It challenges three provisions of the city’s police code that it says interfere with their right ‘to defend themselves and others … within their own homes.’ … Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said the NRA’s real goal is not to strike down the specific city laws but to win court rulings that expand the reach of the Second Amendment.”

Advocates of Gun Rights Are Poised for a Victory: Advocates of gun rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president. To the frustration and discouragement of many Democrats, House and Senate lawmakers and aides say it now appears likely that President Obama will this week sign into law a provision allowing visitors to national parks and refuges to carry loaded and concealed weapons. The White House is lukewarm at best on the gun provision, which was added to a popular measure imposing new rules on credit card companies. But the Democrats who now control both Congress and the White House appear ready to allow it to survive rather than derail a consumer-friendly credit card measure that Mr. Obama is eager to sign as Congress heads off for a Memorial Day recess. “Timing is everything in politics,” said Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma and the champion of the gun proposal. A majority of Democrats in the House and Senate still typically come down on the side of gun control. But the fact that they have been outmaneuvered by Republicans on gun issues is rooted in the fact that recently swollen Democratic ranks include senators and House members who represent Western states and more rural areas where gun ownership is popular and deemed sacrosanct. When those Democrats team up with Republicans, they constitute a clear majority in the House and Senate."

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