Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alabama man acquitted of murder charges in shooting death during dispute over $20: "After five hours of deliberations today, a Mobile jury found a 27-year-old accused of shooting a another man in a scuffle over $20 not guilty of murder. Christopher Cunningham, 27, went on trial earlier this week over the March 2008 shooting death of Daniel McGee, 25, outside an apartment complex near the intersection of Florida and Emogene streets in midtown. The defendant said he shot McGee in self-defense after the latter threatened to kill him and struck him with a pistol as Cunningham sat in a car. Defense attorney Jeff Deen said McGee's death was tragic, but his client had a right to defend himself when he believed his life was in danger. Cunningham testified before that when he shot McGee, McGee's gun fell inside Cunningham's car and he picked that up and emptied it into McGee. Deen pointed out that Cunningham had never been in trouble with the law, in contrast to McGee, who had an arrest and conviction record that included robbery, assault, illegal possession of a gun and drug-related cases."

CA: Sheriff considers allowing armed self-defense: "“California has long been a gun control breeding ground. It has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and though has a process for obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun, it is a ‘may issue’ permitting process meaning California sheriffs can issue licenses but only if they want to. Most don’t. That may be changing for on sheriff as budget cuts have forced him to realize that some people really are on their own and need to be able to protect themselves.”

CA: Escondido man wants people to take unloaded guns to weekly rallies: “A retired Navy petty officer in Escondido is organizing weekly rallies for next month during which people are encouraged to bring unloaded guns to highlight the right to openly carry the firearms. Gerald Reaster, 69, said he is asserting his Second Amendment rights and the freedom to carry unloaded firearms openly without a license, as allowed by state law. A permit is needed, however, to carry a concealed weapon. ‘I am a disabled vet, a member of the American Legion, a good patriot. The older I am, the more I see the need for self-defense,’ Rester said. He plans to gather a group of like-minded people to show up at the rallies with their unloaded guns.”

Political parties and your right to bear arms: "“Let’s play a little game called Name That Party …. Choose the political party to which the following people belong: 1) The original sponsor/author of the bill that repealed Alaska’s license to carry requirements: Dem or Rep? 2) In response to the repeal of Alaska’s licensing requirement, what is the political party of the person who said the following: ‘I am a strong gun advocate and very concerned that every time someone misuses a gun, particularly a handgun, we lose in the court of public opinion:’ Dem or Rep? 3) What is the political affiliation of the group [which] wrote the following in their DC v. Heller Amicus Brief: ‘the individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment is subject to reasonable restrictions and important exceptions:’ Dem or Rep?”

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