Monday, April 05, 2010

MI: Man admits to botched stick-up: "An Argentine Township man pleaded guilty Friday morning to attempting to rob a Deerfield Township country store with a starter pistol. Police said Malinowski was armed with a starter pistol when he walked into the country store at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and demanded money. The 70-year-old clerk, however, knocked the bandit's weapon away and pulled out his own handgun while ordering the would-be robber to the floor. Instead of complying, the robber fled in a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix, which the clerk said he shot "full of bullet holes" in an effort to stop him. As the bandit fled, however, a good Samaritan followed him... Prosecutor David Morse has said he will not bring charges against the store clerk because the clerk had the right to self-defense"

Students resist colleges, strap on empty holsters: "College students across America will once again strap on empty holsters in an act of silent protest against laws and policies banning licensed concealed carry on campus. The protest, sponsored by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), will take place April 5-9, 2010 and comes on the heels of college administrators discriminating against concealed carry permit holders, and censoring students who disagree. According to the group, colleges have repeatedly ignored or attempted to keep students from discussing the issue. In Pennsylvania, one college banned SCCC member Christine Brashier from handing out fliers about the group, stating, ‘You may want to discuss this topic but the college does not, and you cannot make us.’”

TX: Gun case could impact healthcare reform suit: "A Texas high school student’s decision to bring a .38-caliber handgun to school in 1992 could end up at the center of the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan. Alfonso Lopez Jr.’s arrest at Edison High School in San Antonio set in motion a legal battle that may prove crucial to 13 state attorneys general fighting the new law. Lopez, a senior when he was arrested for handgun possession in March 1992, ended up facing federal charges of violating the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. But the Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote, threw out his conviction five years later on the grounds that Congress exceeded its regulatory authority under the Constitution when it approved the 1990 law, which makes it a violation of federal law to possess a firearm in a school zone.”

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