Sunday, July 18, 2010

Alaska: Bar owner nabs burglary suspect: "A Fairbanks bar owner helped nab a suspected burglar on a night last week in what he called a “textbook sting” right out of a TV show or movie.... He arrived at the Big I just after 11:30 p.m. with his .357 Smith & Wesson pistol. Within five minutes of sitting down, he could see a man in a blue hoodie crawling out of the hole on the side of the building. He grabbed the .357, ran down the stairs and headed outside to confront the burglar. “I said, ‘Come on out, I got a gun,’” Jackovich recounted. “Then I heard a voice saying, ‘Don’t shoot". When police arrived, they arrested Bradley Darrel Crossland, 37, of Fairbanks. He is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of second-degree felony burglary and third-degree theft, a misdemeanor."

Texas: Burglary turns deadly: "The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says a burglary turned deadly on Friday after a homeowner fought an intruder in northwest Travis County. Sheriff’s Deputies received a report shortly after 5 p.m. in reference to a burglary in progress in the 13700 block of Cedar Ridge. The caller told officials that a man, later identified as Ryan Glen Bradford, 34, had broken into her home and was fighting her husband. According to Roger Wade with the Sheriff’s office, at one during the assault the suspected burglar was shot. Deputies, along with North Lake Travis Fire Department, Austin/Travis County EMS, StarFlight, and the Jonestown Police Department responded to the scene. When they arrived they found the suspected burglar with a gunshot wound. Bradford was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment; however, he succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead at 6:20pm. Detectives do not anticipate filing any charges at this time."

CA: Openly bearing arms, beachgoers cite their rights: "More than a dozen people packing pistols on their hips strolled down the Hermosa Beach strand Saturday, picking up garbage and distributing fliers about the rights of gun owners. The event was part of a burgeoning and controversial ‘open carry’ movement nationwide promoting the right to carry guns in public. Although carrying a concealed weapon is illegal without a permit, California allows people to openly carry guns in many areas as long as they are unloaded, though they can keep ammunition with them. Members of South Bay Open Carry, which organized the beach cleanup, said they hope such events will dispel misgivings about gun owners and make carrying a handgun in public more acceptable. Organizers said they turned the event into a cleanup to demonstrate that they are contributing to the community.”

In key contests, Democrats championing gun rights: "Democratic candidates in key states are embracing gun owners’ rights, winning favor from the National Rifle Association, a lobby that has long been the target of disdain from the party faithful. In New Hampshire, Representative Paul Hodes, a Democratic Senate candidate, has an ‘A minus’ NRA rating, potentially insulating him from progun rights attacks in a state that’s big on hunting and personal liberties. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, in a bruising campaign for reelection in Nevada, has conservative activists buzzing because the NRA is considering endorsing his reelection.”

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