Friday, August 07, 2009

TN: Teen home invader shot: "The 17-year-old boy who was killed while allegedly trying to break into a South Knoxville house died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, a police spokesman said today. Although authorities aren’t releasing many details of the case, Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said it appears that Arsenio Wooten, 17, was felled by a round fired by homeowner Richard A. Naleway, 44. DeBusk said police don’t believe that the teen was struck by a bullet fired by his accomplice. Wooten died during an exchange of gunfire at 814 Carls Lane about 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, police say. Naleway, who was at home with his wife, said that he fired two shots from a semiautomatic pistol as two would-be robbers tried to push their way through his front door. A spent shell casing recovered from the scene and Naleway’s statement indicated that one of the suspects also fired a shot from a semiautomatic pistol, but DeBusk said the exact sequence of the shots wasn’t clear. KPD investigators believe that the second suspect was also hit by gunfire based on evidence collected at the scene and Naleway’s account. No suspect had been identified as of today and no one suffering from an unexplained gunshot wound had shown up at any of the area’s hospitals, DeBusk said. DeBusk said no charges have been filed against Naleway and the investigation is continuing."

NV: Would-be robber shot in struggle, dies: "A would-be robber died early today after being shot during a struggle with a robbery victim on Wednesday, the Sparks Police Department reported. Sparks police this morning identified the deceased as Camryn Blair, 18, of Reno. Police believe Blair and Joshua Ross, 18, of Reno committed thefts and robberies starting Sunday and ending with the confrontation on Wednesday. On Sunday, police said, Ross and the Blair stole guns from a home in an undisclosed location in Washoe County and later that night they used the stolen guns to rob someone in the 2200 block of Greenbrae Drive in Sparks. On Wednesday night, police said, the pair were both armed again as they tried to rob a couple near the amphitheater on the north side of Sparks Middle School, but Ross and one of the robbery victims struggled. There was an accidental discharge of the gun Ross was holding and the bullet hit Blair, police said. At 9:29 p.m. police responded to the report of the shooting and found Blair with a gunshot wound to his lower torso on the ground behind Sparks Middle School. Emergency responders immediately began resuscitation efforts and Blair was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center where the efforts to save him continued, but he died at about 2:10 a.m., police said. The guns were found on the Sparks Middle School roof. Police said the targets of the robbery have not been found and they would like them to come forward. Ross was booked on suspicion of armed robbery and burglary, police said."

Another open carry day: “My friend Jubal and I often open carry together, especially when we go out of town to shop. It’s an exercise of our sovereign responsibility for our own lives and safety, as well as an opportunity to educate others. It should be a given that we are also ready and able to help others in the event of an attack or other emergency. Unfortunately, that’s not how some people see us at all. Having been conditioned to believe that the guns themselves are ‘evil’ in the hands of ordinary people, and that anyone who is not a cop just might well be up to no good if they’ve got a gun … Perfectly legal open carry of a firearm can be mighty inconvenient, and in many places put one in grave danger from the police themselves. Most of the time we don’t encounter these folks, but sometimes it happens. That’s when the education often starts.”

SAF sues DC over handgun permits : "The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit on behalf of three residents of the District of Columbia and a Florida resident, seeking to compel the city to issue carry permits to law-abiding citizens. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Tom Palmer, George Lyon and Amy McVey, all District residents, and Edward Raymond, a New Hampshire resident. SAF and the individual plaintiffs are being represented by attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller case in 2008 that overturned the District’s handgun ban on the grounds that it was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.”

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