Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ark: Neighbor shot man in self defense, no charges to be filed: "A prosecutor says no charges will be filed in the July shooting death of a 48-year-old man in Sharp County. Prosecutor Henry Boyce says the July 25 shooting of Eulogio Garcia was a "clear case of self-defense." Investigators say Garcia was shot once in the head with a .410-gauge shotgun. According to police, Garcia brought a shotgun to the home of neighbor Ed Brown and said he was going to shoot him. Authorities say Garcia raised his shotgun, but Brown fired first, fatally shooting Garcia. Garcia died the next day at The Med in Memphis, Tenn."

Chicago gun case brief shows prohibitionists unreasonable: "The Brady Center has filed its friend of the court brief in the case of OTIS MCDONALD, et al., Petitioners, v. CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, et al., Respondents. What they're saying in the Chicago case is essentially the same thing they said in the Heller Washington D.C. case: Gun bans are "reasonable" and consistent with the Second Amendment proscription that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." This does not surprise anyone who has been watching these Brady characters for any length of time. After all, we're talking a group that--in spite of putting on a kinder, gentler public face via a name change--still internally identifies itself by its original name: Handgun Control, Inc. We're talking about a group that's founder admitted: " We're going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily -- given the political realities -- going to be very modest. . . . [W]e'll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again"."

Pistols, Tasers, assault rifles sell fast at show: "Recession-stoked fears of rising crime and tougher gun laws under a Democratic government are sending US gun sales sky high, and big crowds at the Chantilly Gun Show this weekend proved it once again. "Do you see the line all around the building and in the back," asked Annette Elliott, co-organizer of one of the top gun shows in Virginia, a conservative state with rather liberal gun laws. Several hundred people thronged the gun show in the Washington suburb of Chantilly, where some 260 retailers have set up stalls hung with ready-to-fire Smith and Wessons, Glocks, Walthers, Colts and Berettas. "We've had a huge increase in sales since last October," 2008 just before President Barack Obama was elected. "Well over 200 percent. It's coming back," said Jerry Cochran, owner of his eponymous major gun retailing firm in the state. In a state where you can wear a loaded weapon on your belt as long as it's in full sight, or a concealed one with a permit, handguns and semi-automatic assault rifles are openly sold to residents after a customary spot check for criminal records."

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