Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hawaii: Woman shoots robbers: "Police said that at 10:30 p.m. two men armed with handguns and plastic zip ties ordered two women and a man to go into a house on the 100 block of Kilea Street. A fourth person, a 28-year-old man, was told to stay out of the house. When he tried to disarm his two assailants -- a 23-year-old man and a 38-year-old man -- one of the guns went off and he was hit. Then one of the women, 26, opened fire on the two men, who returned fire before they ran to their car and fled. Police stopped the car at California and Kamehameha avenues and arrested the driver, a 31-year-old man, for attempted murder in the first degree. The two other men in the car were taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds"

Mass.: Gunman shot with own gun: "A 25-year-old Chicopee man was shot in the leg by his own weapon Monday morning on Belmont Avenue during an attempted robbery when his intended victim grabbed the gun and began to wrestle him for it, police said. Ibrahim Abdullah, 23, of 128 East St., Chicopee, suffered a gunshot wound to his calf, said Sgt. John M. Delaney. He was struck by a round from his own weapon, a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun, Delaney said. The target of the robbery, 25-year-old Jamie Luis Cruz, 25, of Avon Place, Springfield, suffered an injury to his hand. He had his hands on the gun when it discharged, and the weapon’s slide caught his finger as it recoiled. The shooting happened in a second-floor hallway at 49 Belmont Ave. just before noon, Delaney said. He said the shooting was drug related."

CO: Starbucks under attack over pro-gun policy: "Starbucks, best known for its coffee, is gaining kudos from gun rights activists for allowing guns in its shops and drawing the ire of gun control advocates. Today about 20 protesters gathered outside the Starbucks at 6th and Grant Street urging the company to ban guns inside the coffee shops. ‘I used to hold a lot of meetings at Starbucks, but the idea that I might be at risk worries me, I will choose a gun-free place,’ said Mary Kershner a registered nurse who advocates for gun safety. In Colorado, one of many states that allows the ‘open carry’ of fire arms, companies still have the right to ban the practice within their properties.”

The NRA sits on sidelines of gun fight with feds: "The nation’s most influential gun-rights group is conspicuously absent — and nearly silent — in a growing battle between states and the federal government over gun control. The National Rifle Association has been taking a low profile when it comes to the firearms freedom acts that have been passed by seven state legislatures and spawned a growing legal fight between those states, some gun advocates and the U.S. Justice Department.”

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