Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ohio: Intruder, occupant exchange gunshots: "Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a man who shot a Monroe Township dog, burst into a home and then evaded the owner’s return gunfire early Monday morning. The dog, a German shepherd, was shot three times but survived the attack, deputies said. The owner wasn’t injured, and deputies are unsure if the other man was wounded. Deputies were called to the Michael Hommes Jr., residence at 4784 School St., around 3:26 a.m., Robison said. Hommes, 24, and his 21-year-old girlfriend told deputies the dog became agitated and was running to windows in the home. Hommes let the dog outside and soon heard three gun shots, he told deputies. Hommes grabbed a large-caliber pistol and moments later heard the sound of his back door being kicked in, deputies said. Investigating, he found a man standing inside his home, deputies said. Hommes fired at the man, who ran from the house and then fled the scene in a white, four-door Buick sedan, according to reports. The dog was treated at a Mentor area veterinary clinic, deputies said. It’s believed the animal was shot with a .45 caliber pistol, according to reports."

Tennessee: Man pulls gun during knife fight, faces no charges: "No charges have been filed against a man accused of bringing out a gun during a knife fight. Officers arrested Matthew Dressler on Friday at a Wal-Mart in Maryville. According to investigators, the 26-year-old picked a fight with another customer inside the store. At some point, Dressler pulled a knife. Another customer, Billy Dunkelberger, 21, tried to help. Officers said Dressler then pointed his knife at him, so Dunkelberger pulled a gun. No one was hurt, and police arrested Dressler. He’s charged with aggravated assault. Dunkelberger is not facing any charges because he’s a gun permit holder."

New bill would make it easier to carry concealed guns in Mississippi: "In Mississippi, as in much of the country, it is getting easier to carry concealed guns. With Senate passage of a bill this past week to allow handgun-permit holders to carry their concealed guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as in restaurants and other locations, it is becoming difficult to determine who can’t legally carry a firearm in the Magnolia State; except for convicted felons, of course. The bill by state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, originally covered only parks. It was amended to let permit holders carry their guns in restaurants, bars and unsecured government buildings unless the owners of those facilities post notices barring guns. The measure, Senate Bill 2153, now goes to the House."

Colorado kneejerk reaction to UAH shooting: "Colorado State could join most public universities in the U.S. by banning concealed weapons when it meets again next week in Pueblo. The Board of Governors asked leaders at both schools in December to draft a proposed ban, following a request by Ft. Collins teachers in November of 2008 that administrators consider such a ban. Then Friday, an instructor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville allegedly opened fire, killing three professors and wounding three others. “You know we just think we’re very fortunate that we haven’t ever had such a horrible incident on this campus,” said Brad Bohlander, spokesman for the Ft. Collins campus. “I feel safe coming to work, absolutely. We do have a good police force, that I think can respond very quickly should such an incident happen.” The president of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Dudley Brown, told on Monday that he expected the weapons ban would be adopted. But that doesn’t mean the fight is over, Brown said."

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