Friday, June 25, 2010

IN: Prosecutor calls fatal shooting self-defense: "There will be no charges in the shooting death of a former high school basketball star who died Saturday, after the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office found the man's ex-girlfriend acted in self-defense. The announcement today cleared Lisa Beatty of any wrongdoing in the death of 31-year-old Anthony "Tony" Echols ... According to prosecutors, Echols broke into Beatty's home in the 400 block of East Eckman Street about 6 a.m. Saturday and confronted her and a friend, who were both asleep..... Beatty told police she woke Saturday morning to the sound of broken glass and watched as Echols rushed into her room and jumped on top of her friend. As Echols attacked the friend, Beatty grabbed her handgun and demanded that Echols leave. Instead, police said, Echols turned and rushed at Beatty. Beatty fired once as Echols rushed her, then fired several times more as the pair struggled... Echols was found inside the home, suffering from three gunshot wounds, two in his abdomen, one in his thigh. He was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died."

Washington: Armed pizza guy faces off with robbery suspect: "A pistol-packing employee foiled a robbery attempt at pizza delivery business in Spokane. Police says a masked man armed with a pellet gun entered the Pizza Pipeline store Wednesday night and demanded money. That’s when an employee with a concealed weapons license pulled his pistol and told the would-be robber to drop his weapon. The man bolted out the door. KXLY reports police found parts of the pellet gun in the parking lot but the suspect got away."

Guns to be allowed onboard Amtrak trains: "Under language inserted into a transportation funding bill last year, Amtrak passengers will be allowed to carry firearms in checked luggage beginning in December. According to the provision, firearms and ammunition may be transported in secure baggage onboard Amtrak trains under several guidelines including * Passengers must declare to Amtrak within 24-hours of departure that the firearm will be placed in their checked baggage. * The gun must not be loaded and must also be carried in a hard-sided container. * The hard-sided container must be locked with only the passenger having the combination or key for the container.”

CA: Open carry gun ban barely passes Senate panel: "A bill that would ban the public display of unloaded guns narrowly passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday. The 4-3 vote sent the legislation carried by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, to the Senate floor where the final outcome is in doubt, particularly in this election year atmosphere. … Saldana’s measure, Assembly Bill 1934, is supported by a statewide police chief’s organization and major gun-control groups. … Responding to complaints that the guns intimidate and make people uncomfortable, Wright said he has a tall friend with tattoos who intimidates and makes people uncomfortable. ‘Are we going to ban him next?’ Wright asked as he voted against the bill.”

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