Saturday, January 01, 2011

FL: Self Defense Immunity Granted. Murder Charge Dismissed: "According to Judge Dakan's order, in the early morning of May 15, 2010 Alphonse Gallo found himself alone and in an argument with an acquaintance, Patrick Barbour, and three of his friends, in the middle of the street. Gallo and Barbour had already fought briefly earlier in the evening. But this time, Barbour brought some friends and threatened to rob Gallo. Gallo testified that Barbour, "pulled out a firearm," according to the Defendant's Version in Judge Dakan's order. Gallo, who has a concealed weapons permit and had recently taken classes to become a security guard, also pulled out his gun, according to court documents. Gallo fired three shots at Barbour from close range, according to Judge Dakan's order."

OH: Officials won't charge man in black bear shooting: "The Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office won’t press charges against a Massillon man who shot and killed a black bear in rural Harrison County last month, ruling that he apparently acted in self-defense. The man used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill the bear Nov. 29 during the first day of Ohio’s deer gun hunting season. Washington, who declined to release the shooter’s name because he was not charged, said it appears the man was defending himself based on the trajectory of the single shot, which struck the bear in the head. “It appears to be a situation where the bear was running through the woods. ... It (the shot) indicated the bear was coming right toward him,” Washington said. “It was a straight on shot to the head.” It’s believed the bear was shot from a distance of less than 30 feet, Washington said."

OH: Supreme Court shoots down local gun bans: "The Ohio Supreme Court today dealt a fatal blow to local efforts to regulate firearms, concluding that a more permissive state law should trump restrictions on guns in cities. In a 5-2 ruling, the state's top court struck down Cleveland's assault-weapons ban and registration requirement for handguns."

NH: GOP seeks to expand deadly force law: "In his veto message blocking the 2006 gun bill, Lynch, a Democrat, said he wanted to avoid a law that 'would authorize any shopper to instantly shoot and kill a thief who had grabbed or tugged at the shopper’s purse or briefcase, regardless of how many shoppers might be placed in harm’s way by such actions.’"

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