Thursday, October 01, 2009

Florida: Attempted truck thief gets shot: "Police said one of two men who tried to steal a pickup truck from a group of people gathered outside a Murray Hill home was shot several times by a homeowner and his friend. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Larry Schmitt said when police arrived at the 3000 block of College Street, they found a man shot multiple times. According to the police report, Keith Loftin was outside the home with some friends shortly after 2 a.m. when two men asked for a ride in Loftin's truck. Loftin said one of the men pulled a gun on them and forced Loftin into his truck. Loftin told officers that his friend, Barry Smith, ran into the house and returned with a gun and Loftin pulled his own gun from inside the truck. Police said both Loftin and Smith fired at one of the men, striking him multiple times. The man shot, identified as Jamel Mobley, 21, of St. Marys, Ga., was taken to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center and was in stable condition. Police said the second man took off. Police were still looking for him, but they have only a vague description. The shooting was still under investigation and no charges have been filed. Schmitt said it appeared both the citizens had the guns legally and that it appeared the shooting was in self-defense".

SCOTUS takes up Chicago gun ban: "Fifteen months after declaring that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide an equally important issue — whether that constitutional protection applies not only in federal jurisdictions but in every city, county, and state in the nation. The case is important not only because it will be a historic development in the interpretation of the Constitution, but also because it will establish basic ground rules for future gun control efforts.”

Bloomberg, gun control, and racism: "New evidence indicates that New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control laws may have resulted in an increased level of Black murder victims. … Mayor Bloomberg, head of MAIG, resides in one of the 10 remaining states which generally deny a citizens’ right to carry a concealed handgun for protection. New York City (NYC) has addition laws and restrictions, requiring a lengthy and expensive licensing and registration process in order to own a gun. As a result, the New York Sun reported that only the rich and influential — e.g. Donald Trump Jr. and Robert DeNiro — obtain carry permits. Further, while 24,031 permits were granted to keep a gun at home in 2000, only 14,985 were granted in 2007, reflecting Bloomberg’s view of civilian firearms ownership.”

AZ: “Parking Lot Law” takes effect: "In another major victory for Arizona gun owners and Arizona Concealed Weapons permit holders, Governor Brewer signed into law the so called ‘Parking Lot Law.’ The new law, which takes effect today, permits gun owners to keep a firearm locked inside their vehicle even if the vehicle is parked on private property owned by a business that prohibits weapons on their premises.”

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