Sunday, September 20, 2009

TN: Homeowner shoots teenager in his driveway: "Investigators are trying to piece together the series of events that led to a teenager being shot by a homeowner in South Knox county. Deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting at 837 Lester Road, shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night. Jonathan and Kara Stevens told investigatoars they were at home when they heard their pit bulls barking. They armed themselves with a pistol and flashlight as they went outside to investigate. The couple told detectives a teenager jumped out from behind a car in their driveway and pointed gun a 12 guage shotgun at them. Jonathan Stevens said he shot the 15 year old twice and believes the teenager shot at them twice before they ran back into their home. Neighbors say the suspect collapsed in their driveway after the shooting. Deputies found the teenager laying in the road with two gun shot wounds in his upper torso. Rural Metro took the suspect to UT Medical Center. The homeowners were not hurt. Deputies say 3 other juveniles got away in a car. One has been questioned, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. Detectives say Stevens and the teenager knew each other and they believe the motive was robbery. They are not releasing the name or condition of the teenager."

TX: Houston homeowner shot suspected teen burglar: "A homeowner who said he was fed up with crime fought back Friday morning. The 42-year-old shot and wounded a teenage burglary suspect who was climbing through his window, say police. “He was startled by the sound and opened fire with his gun,” said Sgt. W.P. Booth. He’s a homicide detective with the Houston Police Department. It happened just after 10 a.m. at a home in the 8100 block of Gladstone in the Sunnyside community. Police said four suspects attempted to rob the house, but the homeowner had a recently installed video surveillance system and was able to catch them in the act. Neighbors said that the wounded suspect was 14-years-old. They say that after the wounded teen was shot, he ran two blocks over, and collapsed in the bed of an empty pickup truck. He's now in critical condition at Ben Taub Hospital. Paramedics transported the wounded suspect to the hospital. Police arrested two other suspects who were also teenagers. The search continues for a fourth suspect who got away."

UT: Nevada draws fire after shooting down Utah gun permits: "Utah gun owners are protesting Nevada’s decision to reject Utah-issued concealed-weapon permits. On July 1, the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, which sets the Silver State’s permit recognition requirements, dropped Utah from the list of states whose permit holders also may carry concealed firearms in Nevada. The reason: Utah does not require permit holders to prove their proficiency with a live-fire test on a shooting range. … Gun Owners of Utah sees no difference in safety records among states that require a shooting test and those that don’t, Clayton said. So the group does not support changing Utah’s requirements to regain Nevada’s confidence.”

Senate passes measure to allow gun transport on Amtrak: "Amtrak would lose its federal subsidies if it doesn’t put a system in place by early next year to check and track firearms so that passengers can legally put the weapons in their checked baggage, the Senate voted Wednesday. The measure, an amendment to the transportation and housing appropriations bill, passed 68-30. The House version of the bill, passed in July, does not include the provision, so further steps would be needed for it to reach President Obama’s desk.”

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