Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Texas homeowner stabbed. Offender disarmed by observer with gun: "San Antonio police Tuesday morning arrested a man suspected of stabbing another man in what they said was an attempted theft at a far North Side home. Robert Alzapiedi, 37, was waiting to be booked into Bexar County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $50,000. Sgt. Tobe Whitley said the victim saw a man attempting to break into his truck parked in the driveway of his home in the 15800 block of Lomita Springs, near Loop 1604 and O’Connor Road, around 7:30 a.m. The two struggled after the homeowner confronted the man. During the scuffle, the victim thought Alzapiedi had punched him only to find moments later that he’d been stabbed, the report states. The suspect then ran away. Moments later, a witness saw Alzapiedi running down the street with a bloody knife and confronted him, Whitley said. “The witness could tell, definitely, that something wasn’t right,” he said. “The suspect threatened the witness with the knife,” he said, and then dropped it when the witness — a concealed handgun carrier — showed the suspect his weapon. The suspect continued to run, Whitley said, but several witnesses gave police his description. He was detained on Knoll Creek Drive"

KS: Bill would allow guns in less-secure places: "Residents authorized to carry a concealed handgun should be able to defend themselves if the government can’t guarantee their safety, gun proponents say. That’s the idea behind a bill that would allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their firearms into state or municipal buildings that don’t have ‘adequate security measures’ such as metal detectors and trained guards. That means places like the Capitol, Intrust Bank Arena and college campuses. ‘If they are going to strip me of my right (to carry a firearm) then they need to take responsibility for my safety,’ said Patricia Stoneking, president of the Kansas State Rifle Association.”

VA: Students demonstrate for right to bear arms: "It’s a silent protest for their rights, but to these students it’s more about their protection. Kevin Garris, President of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus says, ‘People that want to carry concealed weapons on campus are following the law.’ Garris is trying to change James Madison University’s administrative policy regarding carrying concealed weapons on campus. ‘If you look particularly at JMU, a lot of people say guns and alcohol don’t mix. I totally agree, but the alcohol and drinking and partying isn’t taking place on campus. That takes place off campus where people can carry if they so choose,’ says Garris.”

AZ: New law bans stricter gun regulation by cities: "Arizona communities will no longer be permitted to have gun regulations stricter than state laws.Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation which overrules any local ordinance which is more restrictive than those approved by the Legislature. And even in situations where the rules are the same, cities and counties could not have a penalty more severe than permitted by lawmakers. Most immediately the law, which takes effect later this summer, would overrule regulations that some cities have against people having handguns in city parks. Instead, that would leave only state laws which spell out how far from a building someone must be to fire a weapon.”

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