Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nevada: Man shoots, kills intruder who broke into his home: "An intruder is dead and the resident who shot him is still shaken after a home invasion in the central valley early Tuesday morning. The resident, a man in his 60s who uses a cane to walk, was visibly upset as he emptied the trash outside his home in the 700 block of Clarkway Drive, near Bonanza Road and Rancho Drive, at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. “I took a human life,” said the resident, who declined to give his name. “I’m still dealing with that.” The resident said he awoke about midnight to a sound at his front door. As he investigated, he saw a man kick open the door, breaking the chain lock, he said. The suspect took two steps inside the house, where the resident waited in the living room with a .45- caliber handgun at his waist. “I said, ‘Get the hell out of my house,’ and he stood there laughing,” he said. “He said, ‘I’m going to beat your ass and then I’m gonna kill you,’ and he took one more step. Then I shot him.” ... Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said the incident appears to involve “a criminal preying on the elderly.” According to a release, police arrived on scene and found the suspect’s body in the doorway of the home, with a single gunshot wound to the chest."

CA: Surprising how handy a gun can be: "One man escapes death by shooting his way out. Sounds like a line from a movie doesn’t it? Well apparently, a man ended up driving into a creek after his hands-free device for his cell phone activated. Apparently the sound scared himself so much that he veered off the road into a creek. After the driver drove into the creek his vehicle began sinking. Thankfully, he was packing a pistol and shot out the window to escape the cold waters. This was only because he was an armed security guard at the Thunder Valley Casino just north of Sacramento. The man only sustained minor injuries. His name has yet to be available. He got away with just minor injuries. According to the Roseville Fire Department, the man was driving northbound on Industrial Avenue in Roseville. Police described the situation saying he drove into the guard rail and toppled over it in his SUV. He began to sink in Pleasant Grove Creek. If it wasn’t for his gun, he might not have escaped."

FL: Self defense shooter charged for having the wrong weapon: "A Collier County man who was involved in the March shooting death of a teenager during a possible burglary of the man’s Willoughby Acres home has been jailed on a charge of possessing a short-barreled shotgun. Collier County jail records showed Saturday that Sterlin Misener, 45, was arrested on a warrant when he turned himself in Friday at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office station in East Naples. Misener shot and killed 19-year-old Patrick Hutchison with a sawed-off shotgun after reports say he caught the teen exiting the family’s camper that was parked in the driveway at 91 Willoughby Drive in the North Naples subdivision. Misener’s bond was set at $5,000." [At least his self-defense claim seems to have been accepted. The events concerned go back to March 2009]

Indiana Bill Creates Hurdles for Gun Owners: "A recently introduced Indiana bill would greatly restrict the ability of residents to purchase firearms. Senate Bill 304, sponsored by Senator Connie Sipes (D- New Albany), would, with limited exceptions, prohibit anyone from purchasing, renting, or obtaining a firearm by transfer without completing a new firearms safety course administered by the state police department. The measure only allows those that have their concealed carry licenses, are current law enforcement officials, or are current and former members of the armed forces to be exempted from the safety training mandate. Sportsmen who are licensed hunters and have fulfilled their hunter education requirements, would still be prohibited from purchasing a new or used firearm without first taking the state’s mandated safety course. “Law abiding citizens should not have to jump through hoops to exercise their second amendment rights,” said Jeremy Rine, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) associate director of state services. "This bill creates a new level of bureacracy without cause."

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