Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Florida: Homeowner Kills Attempted Robber In Driveway Shootout: "An Orange County man is recovering after a shootout in front of his home. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Pomegranate Court. Police said the homeowner, Dave Henry, had just returned home from work and was pulling into his garage when he saw a suspicious car near his home. That's when they said two suspects got of the car and tried to rob the homeowner. However, Henry pulled out his own gun and a shootout started. One of the suspects, identified as David Lee Butler, 37, was shot and killed by Henry. The other suspect got away. Police said Henry had a concealed weapons permit and is not facing any charges."

CO: Pols shoot down “make my day” law for business: "Business owners, holster those guns: Colorado’s ‘Make My Day’ law still does not apply to the state’s workplaces. For the fifth consecutive year, a legislative committee defeated an attempt Monday to broaden the homeowner self-defense protections to places of business. This time, it was the House Judiciary Committee that shot down House Bill 1094, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, by a vote of 6-5. The Make My Day law, passed in 1985, gives homeowners immunity from prosecution if they use deadly force on an intruder who has entered their dwelling place illegally and who they believe could use physical force against them.”

Poll: Most Americans say cities have no right to ban handguns: "A new Rasmussen poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Americans reject the notion that cities have a right to ban handguns, siding with the Second Amendment Foundation’s position in its lawsuit to overturn the Chicago ban. Oral arguments in the SAF case were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Court observers predict the high court will overturn the Chicago ban, thus incorporating the Second Amendment to state and local governments through provisions in the 14th Amendment.”

Gun-resell law under fire in Tennessee: "Despite a call from Memphis Mayor AC Wharton to overturn a law that forces law enforcement agencies to resell weapons that it confiscates, the law's Senate sponsor said Monday that a "repeal is not likely." Both Wharton and Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell expressed concern Monday about a new statute, signed into law March 3 by Gov. Phil Bredesen, that alters Tennessee law on the disposal of weapons seized from criminals. The law forbids destruction of confiscated guns unless they are unsafe or inoperable and requires them to be either sold or retained for law enforcement use. The statute was passed at the urging of the National Rifle Association, according to its House sponsor. The law's Senate sponsor said Monday night he'll oppose efforts to repeal it. "The bill passed with overwhelming majorities and repeal is not likely to happen," said Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson. The law had no impact on the Memphis guns used in a gunman's fatal attack on the Las Vegas courthouse on Jan. 4 and a shooting March 4 at a subway stop at the Pentagon. That's because the guns were sold in 2005 and 2008, years before the new law went into effect. But it will end a policy Luttrell put into place at the end of 2005 when he stopped selling guns seized from criminals. Since 2006, all guns used in crimes that are transferred to the sheriff's office have been destroyed."

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