Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TX: Armed senior citizen stops would-be home invader: "A 78 year old man from Hawkins, TX used his .410 shotgun to stop an intruder who tried to break in at 2 AM. The homeowner, whose house has been broken into multiple times in the past, has nailed shut his windows and keeps his .410 shotgun ready. He was reportedly sitting on his screened in porch when the suspect broke in. The elderly homeowner, who suffers from a hip injury, fired one shot in self defense, sending the intruder running. A suspect, 19 year old David F. McWhorter, was reportedly arrested near the crime scene suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder and begging his brother to take him to the hospital.”

OR: Gun-toting victim thwarts rape: "Police have arrested a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in her own home in Forest Grove, just west of the Portland suburb of Hillsboro. Floyd Dale Elliott faces rape and burglary charges after being accused of entering the victim’s home in the middle of the night last month. Police said he then tried to rape her. The woman reportedly grabbed a gun, hidden near her bed, and started firing.”

Cerberus sets its sights on IPO for a gun maker: "After bad bets on cars and home loans, Cerberus Capital Management is turning to guns and bullets. The private-equity firm is in advanced preparations for an initial public offering of Freedom Group Inc., said people familiar with the situation, hoping to sell shares in a little-known company it has built into a dominant player in the red-hot rifle-and-ammunition business. Over a three-year span, Cerberus — while under the spotlight for ill-fated acquisitions of auto maker Chrysler LLC and lender GMAC LLC — has acquired at least seven U.S. gun-and-ammunition makers.”

Guns in parks OK for all: "Officials say a law signed by President Obama in May will allow gun owners to openly carry firearms in Grand Teton and the Wyoming portions of Yellowstone when the law goes into effect in February. Several National Park Service employees and legal experts who interpreted the legislation say it extends to all, not just those with concealed weapons permits. When U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., attached a rider to a credit card reform bill earlier this year, almost all reports indicated it applied to concealed weapons only. While federal officials are trying to figure out the nuances of the law to develop guidance for park rangers, one said there appears to be little question that toting firearms openly will be allowed, depending on the law of the state in which the park is located. Since Wyoming does not require a permit to openly carry weapons, visitors would be able to pack heat in plain view of the public while in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. “If, in Wyoming, it says you can walk down the street with a firearm strapped to your waist, it’s legal [in Grand Teton and Yellowstone],” said Phil Selleck, chief of regulations and special park uses for the Park Service."

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