Friday, October 15, 2010

PA: Man pursues stolen truck, fires warning shot: "Dustin McKinley, of Newberry Township, said he mistakenly left his keys in the truck before he went to sleep. When he woke up just after 5 a.m. Sunday, he said he saw the thief driving his 1978 Ford pickup down Cly Street. He armed himself with a .357 magnum and followed the stolen truck. McKinley said when he caught up with his truck, the thief was driving only 20 miles per hour and was on the wrong side of the road. McKinley said it was at that point he fired a shot into the air to get the man’s attention. ‘I presented my gun to him and told him he needed to pull over right now,’ McKinley said. ‘When he slowed down to about 5 miles per hour, I cut in front of him. I pinned him in, jumped out of the truck, and held him at gunpoint and told him to get out of the truck.’”

Aerial trespasser shot at: "An Albuquerque gas balloon pilot has been shot at as his balloon drifted over a corn field north of Lubbock, Texas. If his balloon was over the property of another, then he was trespassing, and his act of calling enforcers to the scene was probably not justified. Of course, it wasn’t particularly nice of the shooter to fire on the trespassing balloon, either. This is why I often include trespassing as an act that can justify a forceful response, but usually with the qualifier ’sometimes’ attached.”

NV: Righthaven files, settles more frivolous lawsuits: "Las Vegas newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC sued five more website operators Tuesday, alleging infringements of Las Vegas Review-Journal material. … Some defense attorneys and critics, however, call Righthaven a frivolous lawsuit and settlement shakedown operation. As in all its recent lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada, Righthaven demands damages of $150,000 apiece and forfeiture of the website domain names from these new defendants …. The Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Wash., and an official there, Keeva Segal, who are associated with the publication Women & Guns and the website”

OH: State Supreme Court to hear preemption case this week: "The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for an important gun rights case, City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio …. The case came about after the Ohio General Assembly voted to override Governor Bob Taft’s veto of HB347 — Ohio’s ‘preemption’ law — which codified R.C. 9.68, ensuring that firearms laws would be uniform throughout the state. The City of Cleveland immediately sued the State of Ohio, and the Supreme Court is now going to be forced to issue a ruling that will decide once and for all whether R.C. 9.68 is valid. If it is valid, th[e]n other than ordinances banning the discharge of firearms inside city limits and zoning laws, Ohio cities are, once and for all, out of the gun control business.”

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