Sunday, November 01, 2009

NC: 2 Charged In Shooting, Home Invasion: "Two arrests have been made in a home invasion, robbery and shootout in a Rowan County home. Police charged Timani Stark, 18, with attempted murder and robbery and Tiffany Horne, 19, also with robbery. The pair, along with another suspect, threatened the homeowners and fired shots Friday inside their home in Mooresville. Gunfire was exchanged between the homeowner’s son and the suspect and injuring him. The suspect was taken to Carolina’s Medical Center. He has not been charged. Both Stark and Horne are also charged with robbery at the same house on Monday night."

Montana officials rule cougar shooting justified: "The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks determined that the shooting of a cougar by a 14-year-old elk hunter from Anaconda was justified. Game warden Shane Yaskus said the cougar measured about 7 feet long from nose to tail. Eric Boyd was waiting at an outcropping last week while his father tried to drive an elk past him that they had been tracking. Boyd said he heard a twig snap behind him and when he turned he saw the cougar about 25 yards away. He said the two stared at each other for about 20 seconds before the cat started moving forward, and Boyd fired his rifle, hitting the cougar four times. Boyd said he’s still hunting but that he’s not going to hunt by himself for a while."

Seattle Sued Over Mayor's Anti-Gun Rules: "When San Francisco tried to restrict its residents' right to keep and bear arms, it quickly got shot down by the courts. Now it seems to be Seattle's turn. Here's the background: the Washington state legislature has, with very few exceptions, instructed cities and municipalities that they shall not regulate firearms because state laws are sufficient. The relevant law says: "The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state... Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law." Nevertheless, Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, a Democrat, signed an executive order last year directing government agencies to ban guns -- except, of course, for police -- from city property. A more detailed list published last month says that firearms will be banned from parks, golf courses, beaches, playgrounds, athletic fields, and so on. The final rule was signed on October 14. This alarmed the Second Amendment Foundation, conveniently located in nearby Bellevue, which filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Nickels and the city of Seattle that was joined by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the National Rifle Association."

Guns and the Virginia election: "With just days to go before the election, Virginia Democrats are getting desperate. In the race to become the commonwealth's next attorney general, state Delegate Stephen Shannon is trying to tar his opponent, state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, for purportedly giving guns to convicted felons. Mr. Shannon is sending around literature with a scary picture of a violent criminal claiming: "FACT: Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for attorney general, voted to allow violent felons to purchase guns in Virginia." We hate to break it to Mr. Shannon but this isn't going to be his Willie Horton ad. Mr. Shannon's convoluted logic goes this way: Since Mr. Cuccinelli voted against regulating the private sale of guns at gun shows, that means he supports felons having guns. Never mind that it is still illegal for felons to have guns and the senator supports that ban. What Mr. Shannon is really referring to is the misleadingly named "gun show loophole." There is in fact no loophole. The rules for buying guns outside a gun show are precisely the same as they are at a gun show."

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