Sunday, January 16, 2011

MO: Armed female homeowner shoots at would-be burglars: "Would-be burglars got a big and loud surprise when they tried to break into a North St. Louis home Wednesday afternoon. The suspects thought a home in the 4800 block of Carter Avenue was empty shortly after 2 p.m. What they found was the 56-year-old homeowner, armed and ready to defend her house. She fired several shots at the four suspects, who immediately fled the scene. Two people were taken into custody a short time later. They were not wounded. Police are unsure if the homeowner, who is a block captain for her street, struck the other two suspects, who remain at-large."

Wisconsin legislators expected to expand gun owner rights by spring: "Guns are intrinsic to Wisconsin culture, but even with its rich heritage of hunting, the state remains one of the most restrictive when it comes to gun rights. Wisconsin is one of only two states that do not allow the concealed carry of firearms. But with Republicans in control of both legislative chambers and the governor's mansion, that's expected to soon change. The question is what, if anything, the state will do to keep guns out of the hands of unstable people and ensure that those who do go armed know how to handle their weapons. Democrats and Republicans agree that a concealed carry law will pass the Legislature this session - and unlike the past two times, former Gov. Jim Doyle won't be around to veto it. Gov. Scott Walker said this week he expects a concealed carry bill to emerge as early as spring - after the Legislature tackles more pressing issues like job growth and the budget - and that he will sign it."

Decriminalize gun owners: "Fingerprint databases. Statist licensing schemes. Hefty fees. The never-ending bureaucratic application process. Sometimes it seems the roadblocks anti-gun activists and their political allies have thrown up to discourage Citizens from carrying a firearm are endless. Well, guess what? They meant it that way. The gun-grabbers know good and well criminals don't ask for permission to legally carry a firearm."

Open Carry: The children's book: "A trio of gun rights advocates in Michigan have tried to address the knotty problem of what their kids might go through trying to figure why Mom and Dad go out armed when others don't. The authors of 'My Parents Open Carry' say they couldn't find any pro-gun children's books, and so put theirs together with goal of providing 'a wholesome family book that reflects the views of the majority of the American people, i.e., that self-defense is a basic natural right and that firearms provide the most efficient means for that defense.'"

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