Tuesday, August 09, 2011

TX: Shotgun-toting teen defends mom, home from burglars: "A 16-year-old boy used a shotgun to defend his mother from three would-be burglars in Monte Alto early Saturday morning, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. ... About 1:45 a.m., with the shotgun in hand, the boy confronted the three strangers who approached and told them to leave. Instead, they shot at him, and he fired back, hitting one in the leg"

PA: Man cleared of homicide charges in death of pimp: "Kalif Lewis, 27, was acquitted yesterday on homicide charges for fatally shooting a pimp who had come to a room at the airport Residence Inn, where Lewis had sex with the hooker. Defense attorney Gerald Stein argued at trial that Lewis had shot and killed pimp Tyre West, 28, in self-defense. On the night of Dec. 16, 2009, Lewis, a married man, called prostitute Shanet Foust after seeing her Craigslist ad. They had sex in the hotel, and he paid her two $50 bills for her "$99 special." Stein argued at trial that after Lewis left the room, he discovered that he was missing a $100 bill. He returned to the room and demanded the money. Foust then speed-dialed West, her pimp and common-law husband, on her cellphone. Stein said that West, who also had a gun, came to the door and fired at Lewis and that Lewis shot back in self-defense because he was trapped. West stumbled out of the hotel after being shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead at 1:25 the next morning."

FL: Applebee's Diner Shoots Mugger: "An armed man wearing a ski mask who tried to rob a woman outside the Applebee's Restaurant Sunday was shot by her boyfriend. Anthony Hauser, 19, was shot four times by Raven Smith of St. Petersburg, and is hospitalized in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center, police said. Smith, 35, has a pemit to carry a concelaed weapon, police said Monday, and acted in self defense. Smith and his girl friend, Lesley Tanner, 27, had parked their car in the Applebee's Restaurant parking lot, at 4700 4th St. North. They were preparing to go inside to get dinner at about 10:30 p.m. Tanner first got out of the car and walked to the rear of the vehicle, where she was approached by Hauser, who wore a ski mask and drew a gun. As Smith got out of the vehicle on the driver's side, he saw the suspect pointing a gun at Tanner. Smith drew his 380-caliber handgun, police said. He fired at Hauser, striking him four times. No charges are pending against Smith."

Airport Carry Is Legal In 44 States, But Florida Will Put You In Jail: "There are federal laws that restrict firearms, knives, and other weapons in the “sterile area” beyond the security checkpoint but the unsecured areas of the terminal are subject to state law. Florida, and only five other states, make the entire airport terminal off limits even to carry license holders while armed. The US Supreme Court made it clear in DC v. Heller (2008) that Americans have the right to “carry weapons in case of confrontation,” but this right can be restricted “in sensitive places”. The Federal government has determined that the “sterile area” is the “sensitive place” at an airport but Florida has gone much farther and banned even licensed carry inside the entire terminal"

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