Tuesday, October 05, 2010

MO: Self-defense cited in homicides: "Jackson County prosecutors don’t plan to file charges in two homicides from last week because of self-defense issues, Kansas City police said Monday. 1). Marquis D. Hughes, 23, was killed in an apparent botched robbery Sept. 28 at an apartment complex in the 11300 block of Grandview Road, police said. Investigators said Hughes and another man were trying to force a third man into a vehicle at gunpoint. The third man got control of the gun and shot Hughes. 2). Police found a gun near the body of Keith D. Williams, 34, last Wednesday at 12th Terrace and Fremont Avenue. Witnesses told police that Williams and a friend went to a home frequented by another man, and Williams pulled a rifle from the back seat and argued with the other man. The other man fatally shot Williams and wounded the friend.

DC: Armored car guard shoots robber: "A would-be robber was shot and wounded by an armored car guard on Monday after the suspect tried to grab a money bag out of the guard's hand, a D.C. police spokeswoman said. Officer Tisha Gant said the incident occurred about 1:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. She said the suspect was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to one of his legs."

PA: 'Stand your ground' bill set for final House approval: "The state House today is expected to give final approval to so-called "stand your ground" legislation, a self-defense bill that gun advocates have pushed unsuccessfully for six years. With broad bipartisan support, the House gave preliminary approval Monday to the legislation, also known as the "Castle Doctrine" extension bill. It was approved by a 156-41 margin. The legislation would extend the Castle Doctrine to a person's porch, yard, car or any place someone is "lawfully allowed to be," said Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, the bill's sponsor. The Senate is in session three more days, Oct. 12, 13 and 14. If a bill wins House approval, it is uncertain whether it will be squeezed into the Senate's crowded agenda. Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday reiterated that it is a complex issue, and he can't say whether he would sign or veto the legislation without review."

MT: Fed judge tosses suit by gun rights advocates: "A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by gun-rights advocates seeking a declaration that Montana law allows them to make and sell guns without abiding by federal regulations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula adopted a federal magistrate’s recommendation to toss the lawsuit for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction, because the commerce clause grants Congress the power to regulate firearms. The Montana Shooting Sports Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and resident Gary Marbut had asked Molloy to declare that they could legally make and sell firearms under the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act without complying with federal laws, including licensing and registration requirements.”

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