Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Supreme Court refuses potentially landmark gun-control case

A Maryland man appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the state's gun-control laws are too restrictive. The case was seen as a potentially pivotal examination of Second Amendment rights, but the Supreme Court refused it.

The US Supreme Court on Monday turned down the appeal of a Maryland man who said the state’s restrictive gun-permit law violated his constitutional right to carry a firearm in public for self defense.

The case, Williams v. Maryland, was being closely followed because it might have set the stage for another potential landmark Second Amendment decision by the high court.

The justices did not explain why they rejected the appeal, but the action does not end the possibility of a gun-rights case reaching the court this term. The Supreme Court is awaiting briefs in at least one other gun case, and several other Second Amendment cases are working their way to the Supreme Court.


AL: Suicidal man shot: "Tuscaloosa homicide investigators say the man killed in an altercation with his two roommates earlier today wanted to die, and provoked his roommates to shoot him by attacking them first. Investigators responded to a home on Fosters Ferry Road a little after 8 a.m. Monday, where a 54-year-old man had asked his two roommates to end his life. When they refused, he started attacking them with a wrench, said Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. One of the roommates, a 58-year-old man who was hooked up to an oxygen tank, shot the 54-year-old with a handgun as the man attacked him with a wrench. When his roommate continued to attack him, the 58-year-old used a shotgun to kill him. A 68-year-old roommate was also injured in the wrench attack and is being treated at DCH Hospital for head wounds. He is expected to survive. Relatives of the accused shooter said he was acting in self defense. So far, no charges have been filed against the shooter."

VA robber shot: "Police have arrested a male involved with a shooting in Harrisonburg over the weekend. The Harrisonburg Police Department arrested O'Rondae Jones, 19, of Manassas, Va. Jones has been charged with two counts of brandishing a firearm. Police report that around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jones brandished a gun toward a male victim in the 1400 block of Devon Lane. He was accompanied by George Escobar, 19, of Falls Church. The victim shot Jones in the upper leg. Jones was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has since been released. Police say the investigation reveals the shooting was made in self-defense and the victim will not face charges. Jones is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail."

A Victory for Oregon Universities’ Students, Staff and Faculty: "In what promises to be a continuing debate on the rights of law-abiding citizens, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled this week that banning firearms on the grounds of Oregon’s public universities exceeded the scope of the university system’s authority, thereby opening up the state’s campuses to individuals who hold valid concealed handgun licenses. Long viewed by gun rights activists as a violation of the state firearms preemption law, the restriction of license holders from exercising their right to self-defense while on campus served as a slap to law-abiding gun owners."

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