Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WA: Shooting ruled self-defense in drug related home invasion: "Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Monday the shooting during the attempting home-invasion robbery was justifiable self-defense. The gunfire erupted Thursday night when a group of six people showed up at a Lakebay house in the 19100 block of Second Street. Investigators believe the group had been at the house earlier to purchase Oxycontin. The confrontation quickly escalated into a gun battle, as the drug buyers blasted away with guns and shotguns, and the occupants of the home returned fire. When it was all over, more than 50 shots were fired, one of the robbers was killed, and two people were hospitalized. One of the homeowners, a 28-year-old man, was wounded in the shoulder. Left dead was Rhett Whitchurch, 44, of White Center."

NC: Aggressive neighbor shot, then charged with assault: "Police responded to a report of gunshots. When they arrived on the scene, Ricky Clyde Blattau said he shot Reginald Eugene Miller in self-defense, according to a press release from Cherryville Police. Miller, 44, had a gunshot wound to his upper arm. He was treated at Cleveland Regional Hospital and released. Blattau told police that he went to the mobile home park with his girlfriend who lives next door to Miller. The couple drove up and Miller instantly grabbed a pipe and approached them, the press release states. Miller swung the pipe at the couple, and Blattau pulled out a .22-caliber handgun and shot the man. Police picked up Miller Saturday and charged him with assault"

WI: Gals with guns — these “divas” are armed: "When Judy Rhodes founded a group more than a decade ago to encourage women to shoot and hunt, her own outsized personality guaranteed that members would be a force to be reckoned with in the outdoors. The group — DIVA … Women Outdoors Worldwide — now counts more than 1,500 members around the world. Rhodes, the daughter of a Texas rancher who learned how to handle a BB gun at age 4, said that about half of the women who join also have strong outdoors backgrounds, while the other half haven’t picked up a gun before.”

Florida Open Carry holds events across central Florida: "Open carry gun rights supporters met Saturday on public fishing piers in Tampa and Daytona Beach, FL for a morning of fishing and to exercise their right to bear arms. The Florida Open Carry movement started holding open carry & fishing events immediately after the United States Supreme Court clarified that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right for the individual to keep and bear arms for self defense. The high court also held that the Second Amendment is incorporated to the states. This requires that state and local governments protect your right to own and carry firearms without undue restrictions. Much like the right to free speech, the right to bear arms has now been recognized as a civil right.”

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