Sunday, April 18, 2010

NY: Old folks with gun stop thief : "68 year old Kathleen Smith and her husband Charles were armed and ready when they allegedly found a stranger named Michael Smith in their barn on Wednesday. Sgt. Kevin Streety answered the 9-1-1 call. "I could hear the yelling in the background, and I knew that someone had a gun.I knew that someone was trying to cause harm to them. At that point, the person (Kathleen) did advise me that there was a person on the property, and they were going to shoot them." Police say Michael Smith was there to steal metal to sell for scrap. The barn was broken into on Monday, and the homeowners were checking to see if the thief was coming back for more. Sgt Streety dispatched a crew, and coached Kathleen on what to do next. "I told them to tell the person to get on the ground. She obeyed all the commands."

RI: Drug dealer shoots intruder: "Mathew A. Salvato, 22, who lived in Apt. 2 at 902 Chalkstone, was arraigned on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, one count of manufacturing marijuana and two counts of possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence. Officers were initially called to the scene following the report of an armed intruder. Delasnueces, who was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at Rhode Island Hospital, was found lying inside the first-floor front door of Apt. 2. As part of their investigation, officials found a large quantity of marijuana being grown in the basement and on the third floor of the Chalkstone Avenue building. Court records show that Delasnueces, who also went by the last name Delasueces, had been in trouble with the law before... Salvato does not have a criminal record, according to the attorney general’s office. “We’re dealing with some potential self-defense issues,” said Oates, who explained that it is legal in Rhode Island to possess a handgun on your own property."

"Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit: "Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit. The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August. "I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement. Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons. By eliminating the permit requirement, the Arizona legislation will allow people 21 or older to forego background checks and classes that are now required."

Colorado State University gun ban isn't settled yet: "The CU Board of Regents suffered a setback in their plans to ignore the wishes of the majority of students and ban all guns from the campus. Their ban has been struck down by the Colorado Court of Appeals for being in conflict with the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. That act included verbiage to harmonize the laws from the state level down, so that lower governing bodies like cities could not restrict weapons beyond what the state law allowed.... And the clincher: "The statute’s plain language applies to “all areas of the state” and does not specify public universities in its list of exceptions. § 18-12-214. Had the legislature intended to exempt universities, it knew how to do so."

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