Friday, August 21, 2009

WI: Good Samaritan flees: "Police are searching for an armed suspect after two would-be robbers were shot and killed this week while reportedly robbing a convenience store at N. 12th and W. Chambers streets. Police say Kenneth J. Whitaker, 28, and Robert L. Givens, 22, were attempting a robbery when a customer in the store interrupted the crime by firing deadly shots at the pair. After firing his gun, the customer fled the store.... As it turns out, police say the alleged hero customer is a known felon who could face serious charges and prison time if convicted for the use of the gun. Chances are he fully understood his predicament and didn't stick around for that reason, but there's no confirmation from witnesses about whether the customer's actions during the robbery were totally in self defense. Police are still trying to find the other people in the store at the time."

FL: Court OKs force against retreating attackers: “Florida’s ’stand-your-ground’ law allows the use of deadly force for self-protection even if an attacker or intruder is in retreat …. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal issued that explanation for last month releasing Jimmy Hair from jail, where he had spent two years awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge. Hair, 28, was charged with fatally shooting Charles Harper …. Harper had forced his way into a car in which Hair was a passenger and then tussled with him. The car was parked outside a Tallahassee nightclub where Harper earlier had argued with the driver. … spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill McCollum, said no decision had yet been made on whether to ask for a rehearing.”

IL: Appeals Court: Government Can Require Gun Registration: "An appeals court in Chicago has ruled that the federal, state or local government can require all citizens to register their firearms under penalty of law. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said that, even after the Supreme Court's high-profile gun rights decision last year, the Second Amendment is no obstacle to mandatory gun registration. The case arose out of the Chicago-area town of Cicero's mandatory registration requirement for firearms. A local man named John Justice was raided by the Cicero police on suspicion of violating business ordinances including improper storage of chemicals; the police discovered six unregistered handguns during the raid... In a 3-0 opinion published last Friday, the judges said that this was a different situation from the District of Columbia v. Heller case, which led the Supreme Court to strike down D.C.'s law effectively prohibiting the ownership of handguns."

More liberal inanity on guns: “In separate op-eds, liberals Marie Cocco and E.J. Dionne are exclaiming against those people who have the audacity to exercise their right to keep and bear arms at political rallies. Cocco says that the ‘gun guys’ were ‘displaying their perfectly state-permitted firearms.’ State-permitted! How about that? The right to keep and bear arms isn’t a right at all. It’s a state-granted privilege, one that the state can revoke at any time.”

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