Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TX: Man acquitted in 2009 slaying he had said was in self-defense: "A Mansfield man was acquitted Tuesday of a murder charge in the death of a 22-year-old man during a dispute over a drug debt that culminated in a shootout on a residential street in Mansfield. A Tarrant County jury deliberated about five hours before finding Antatvion Dezmon Elliott, 23, not guilty of gunning down Daniel Jones Jr. on Aug. 15, 2009, as Jones and some friends drove down Cancun Drive toward the house where Elliott lived with his parents and siblings. Elliott admitted firing the shots that killed Jones but contended that he acted to protect himself, his family and his home, which he said had been invaded the month before by Jones and another man. The pair had threatened to kill the Elliott family, according to testimony."

Las Vegas Man Thwarts Robbery by Shooting at Suspect: "Shots rang out in a crowded Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot on West Lake Mead Boulevard near North Simmons Street Tuesday afternoon. The bullets started flying - not from an armed thug - but from an honest citizen trying to defend himself against an attacker. The suspect thought he picked an easy target to rob, but the 57-year-old victim had a gun of his own. The criminal got more than he bargained for. "He was demanding wallet, watch, jewelry, anything of any value from the victim, at which point during that physical altercation, the victim did pull out a weapon," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon. The robber violently shoved the victim, who aimed his gun toward his mugger and opened fire. The victim fired several rounds that echoed throughout the packed parking lot. The attacker ran from the gunfire and drove away. "At this point in the investigation, it's unknown whether or not the suspect was actually hit," Coon said."

AZ: Pro-gun groups focus on colleges: "The Arizona shooting has emboldened pro-gun groups that plan to lobby politicians for proposed laws that could expand the right to carry concealed weapons on the state's college campuses. At least two bills are on the table in Arizona, which resumed its legislative session this week. One would allow faculty members to carry concealed weapons on campus. The other would prevent colleges from stopping people with a valid permit, including students, from carrying them on campus."

Lugar pushes to renew assault weapons ban: "Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this weekend called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Lugar is the first GOP senator to call for increased gun control following the Tucson tragedy that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But Lugar, who supported the initial 10-year-long assault weapons ban when it passed in 1994, said he's not optimistic about the chances for passing gun control legislation this Congress. “I believe it should be, but I recognize the fact that the politics domestically in our country with regard to this are on a different track altogether,” Lugar told Bloomberg Television’s Al Hunt"

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