Friday, May 13, 2011

MN: Fearing for his life, beating victim fired shots: "Two days after firing at two men suspected in a recent string of violent south Minneapolis robberies, Edward Curtis, 61, wanted people to know he wasn't proud of what he'd done. But given the beating the men were giving him Tuesday night, he figured he had no choice but to use his handgun, he said. "I had to do what I had to do," he recalled Thursday. "I thought they were going to kill me. They didn't get a chance to." Curtis, blindsided outside his Pillsbury Avenue apartment building, was left with a broken nose and fractured right eye socket, he said. He said police have yet to find any evidence that Curtis' shots hit either of the suspects who fled Tuesday night. As for whether the shooting was justified, Fossum said: "We don't have any plans at all in having him charged with anything. In fact, he's more like a hero than a villain, that's for sure."

Police will not charge person in Virginia Beach shooting: "Shawn Ross [above] is dead and police say the person who shot him won't face any charges because it was self defense. Investigators say Ross seen in the previous mug shot had a gun and tried to break into a home on Rose Marie Avenue in the Aragona section of Virginia Beach. "He was climbing through the back window. The guy had a gun and the owner of the house had a gun and came out of the house and started shooting outside the door," says Jesse. Police say someone dropped Ross off at a fire station about four miles from where the shooting happened. Right now investigators are still trying to figure out why."

SAF challenges interstate handgun sales ban: "The Second Amendment Foundation today filed suit in U.S. District Court in Virginia challenging the constitutionality of federal and Virginia provisions barring handgun sales to non-residents. SAF is joined in the lawsuit by Michelle Lane, a District of Columbia resident who cannot legally purchase handguns because there are no retail firearms dealers inside the District."

Censorship of Gun Ads: "Today, the Goldwater Institute filed a legal challenge to the removal of a business advertisement from 50 Phoenix bus shelters in October 2010, claiming the city’s rules are so vague that they allow city officials to violate business owners’ right to free speech. The Phoenix Public Transit Department says posters for a website operated by TrainMeAz did not comply with city standards for advertising at bus shelters. But city officials cannot explain how the TrainMeAZ ads are substantially different than posters that appear on bus stops throughout the city for other businesses including jewelry stores, fast-food restaurants, and weekend gun shows, said Clint Bolick, the Goldwater Institute’s litigation director. “Phoenix’s officials can oversee the content of advertising on city property to prevent obscene material or truly inappropriate messages,” Mr. Bolick said. “But the city cannot dismiss ads based on a bureaucratic whim."

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