Saturday, September 26, 2009

Detroit woman turns gun on purse snatcher: "A Detroit woman whose purse was snatched early Friday morning while she was pumping gas allegedly took matters into her own hands and shot the suspect with a concealed weapon. Police have yet to definitively identify whether a man who died at an area hospital Friday was involved in the robbery but say it's a "very strong possibility." The shooting happened around 5 a.m. at the Mobil gas station at Schoolcraft and Southfield, Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens Bell said. A woman in her 40s was pumping gas when she was approached by a man who demanded her purse and said if she didn't comply, he'd shoot her. After the suspect snatched the purse, the woman, who has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, shot several rounds at the suspect who fled on foot, Bell said. The victim's purse was recovered but police aren't saying how. Investigators are running gun ballistic tests and will forward findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to determine whether the victim will be charged."

TX: Pellet gun robbery suspect remains in hospital: "A man accused of trying to rob a 8-liner business with a pellet gun remained in serious condition Friday at a local hospital four days after being shot by a security guard. The 20-year-old suspect was shot twice during a botched robbery attempt Monday night at the Cherry 777 Arcade, 620 Paredes Line Road, said Brownsville police spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique. After the shooting he was transported to Valley Regional Medical Center-Brownsville where he remained under guard. The guard also shot a 15-year-old boy who police said took part in the robbery. He was transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville where he was treated and released Wednesday evening. He was charged with attempted aggravated robbery in juvenile court, Manrrique said. On Friday he remained in custody at a juvenile detention center in San Benito. The shooting took place when the man and the teenager tried to rob the arcade with a pair of pellet guns only to be fired at with the guard’s .40-caliber Glock, Manrrique said. The two fled the scene in a silver Lincoln Navigator and were stopped shortly afterward by a Cameron County Sheriff’s Department deputy for running a red light."

Crime rate drops while Cleveland tries to kill golden goose: "The overall crime rate continues its four year decline in Cleveland despite the City’s efforts to overturn state gun laws and once again take gun rights away from residents. While criminal on criminal violence still continues to be a problem (mostly gang and drug related), the average citizen has become increasingly safer in the city over the last four years, which roughly coincides with efforts at the state level to expand concealed carry and gun rights in general. As citizens become increasingly able to protect themselves and thwart the efforts of criminals, those criminals have shifted their focus to property crimes such as burglary and theft.”

CA: Appeals Court to consider key gun rights question: "A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday will confront America’s next big gun rights question: Whether or not the Second Amendment prevents state governments from enacting anti-gun laws. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a case that’s likely to decide whether the Bill of Rights’ guarantee of a right to ‘keep and bear arms’ restricts only the federal government and the District of Columbia — the current state of affairs — or whether it can be invoked to strike down intrusive state and local laws too. In an earlier ruling in April, a three-judge panel of the same court ruled that the Second Amendment did apply to the states, a different outcome than appeals courts in Chicago and New York had reached. On Thursday morning, a larger Ninth Circuit panel is scheduled to re-hear the case, meaning the earlier decision in Nordyke v. King could be upheld or rejected.”

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