Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FL: Man who fatally shot stepson fired in self-defense: "A 73-year-old man who fatally shot his stepson in his home last week was acting in self-defense, Largo police said Monday. Robert Edward Gardner will not be charged for shooting 48-year-old Jeffrey Mark Matthews, police said. "He was protecting himself," said police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux. Matthews arrived at the mobile home that Gardner and his wife share in the Paradise Island mobile home park at 1001 Starkey Road around 3:30 p.m. Friday, officials said. Gardner said Monday he didn't know Matthews well and had met him only a couple of times. He said he and his wife, Barbara, had been "arguing for a few days" when Matthews showed up and threatened to beat him up. Gardner said he retreated to his bedroom. "I went in there and got my gun and stood in the doorway," he said. "I was going to tell him to get the hell out. Before I could say anything, he came charging down the hallway."

WV: Ex-boyfriend shot during home invasion: "A break-up and a restraining order weren't enough to keep one man away from his ex-girlfriend, but a gun shot wound may just be enough to keep him from breaking into her house again. ... Deputies say Bragg's ex boyfriend, Paul Conrad forced his way in, got into a fight with her new boyfriend, Robert Cain and then Cain shot Conrad in the arm."

CA: Gov. Brown ignores 2nd Amendment: "Gov. Jerry Brown has outlawed the open carrying of unloaded handguns in California, signing a bill late Sunday night that makes the practice that had been popular with some gun rights advocates a misdemeanor in the state. ... Violations of the law will carry a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in county jail."

Issa: Fast and Furious subpoenas may be issued soon: "House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he could issue subpoenas to the Justice Department this week in connection to a now-discredited federal gunrunning operation. ... The operation involved agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowing illegal [sic] sales of guns believed to be destined for Mexican drug cartels to "walk" from Phoenix, Arizona, gun stores into Mexico."

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