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CA: Anderson area shootings raise questions about self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A former Redding police officer was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Sunday evening after he allegedly shot a man with a shotgun in a confrontation at his home.

It was the second shooting of an alleged intruder in less than 24 hours that Shasta County sheriff's detectives investigated in the Anderson area.

But while former police officer Gary Cahoon, 60, was taken away in handcuffs and booked into the Shasta County jail on suspicion of attempted murder for peppering Brandon Rhodes with shotgun pellets, Jerry Lee Kirk - the man who allegedly shot his cousin with a handgun earlier in the morning, killing him - remained free.
 

AZ: Gov. Brewer acts on last of 80 bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Self-defense. Senate Bill 1449 directly impacts the case of Harold Fish, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2004 shooting of a hiker near Payson. Fish claimed the shooting was self-defense. During Fish's 2006 trial, the state changed its self-defense law to shift the burden of proof from the defendant (the person claiming to fire in self-defense) to the prosecution.

The new law allows the modified self-defense law to be applied retroactively to Fish's case, as well as to any others filed after April 24, 2006, as long as the defendant did not plead guilty or no contest.
 

Republicans ought to ask Sotomayor one more question . . .
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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My question for those Republicans on the committee to ask her was whether she as a Judge knows that police have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others. This is important for two reasons. First, if she disagrees, or answers that she does not know, or that she has heard this and wonders, or anything that balks at the fact, she might as well state that she does not understand it. This impacts her ability and fitness for the position of Justice adversely. It sets America up to be at the mercy of thugs and the system. Understanding this fact that police have no such duty clears the air for millions of non-gun owners just by asking the question, and opens the door to our liberty culture for everyone.
 

SC: Again, a pizza, a robbery, a gunshot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Papa John’s pizza delivery man shot and wounded a 17-year-old who called in a pizza order and then robbed him at a vacant house with a fake handgun, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident occurred July 5, but deputies delayed announcing it until Monday — a day after the teen was charged with robbery, and eight days after the shooting.

It was the second time in recent months that a pizza delivery man in Lexington County has shot someone trying to rob him.

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But neither pizza delivery man is facing charges, since authorities have ruled both shootings were in self-defense. The two delivery men carried concealed-weapon permits, deputies said.
 

Should We be Surprised by Sotomayor’s Radical Views?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, the U.S. Senate commences hearings on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Obama to replace the retiring Judge David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In many ways, Sotomayor’s views are out-of-step with our American heritage and with the views of Americans in general. For example, Sotomayor believes that our fundamental law is constantly evolving and that rights are constantly changing with the times.
 

TN: Getting Loaded in Tennessee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Believe it or not, Tennessee is relaxing its already liberal gun laws even more. Starting Tuesday, residents of the state will legally be able to go to bars and restaurants with loaded guns. Letting people get drunk in public places while they’re packing heat = a really really smart decision.

Ed.: Of course, you can't actually carry and drink alcohol, but let's not let reality get in the way of gun-grabber logic.
 

NM: Support for shooter humbling, wife says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The former Marine who contends he acted in self-defense when he killed a burglary suspect was just trying to do the right thing, his wife told News 13 Monday.

Heather Sanchez said she was in shock when she heard about the July 4 shooting. Her husband, Luke Sanchez, was arrested on an open count of murder and has since bonded out of jail.

The shooting ignited a public debate over whether Sanchez was acting as a vigilante or as a good citizen who defended himself when one of the burglars attacked him.
 

TN: Signal Mountain Opts Out of Allowing Guns in Parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Signal Mountain becomes the latest municipality to opt out of the state law allowing guns in parks.

Monday night the Town Council unanimously approved a resolution prohibiting guns in parks.

It essentially extends an existing ban.

It's a hot button issue that brought out opinions on both sides.

Lucas Marshall, Signal Mountain, "Play a couple times a week."

Lucas Marshall and his friend Scott Head would rather not play tennis at this Signal Mountain park if there's a chance someone is carrying a gun.

Marshall, "There's no real reason why you should have a fire arm in the park."Scott Head, "There's plenty of kids around the neighborhood plenty of kids at the park and if one of them got a hold of it it would be bad."
 

TN: UPDATE: Christiana shooting may have been self-defense; case to go to grand jury
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CHRISTIANA — Detectives are consulting with the 16th Judicial District Attorney General’s office and the findings in an early Sunday shooting death will likely be presented to the Rutherford County grand jury next month, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
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The initial investigation appears to indicate 33-year-old Jason David Jones of Claymore Run in Murfreesboro tried to force entry into 110 Platte Drive at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the release from Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin.
 

OH: DASH-CAM VIDEO: Trooper, Officer Ticketed For Alleged Speeding
Submitted by: Larry

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday after an off-duty trooper and off-duty officer were ticketed for allegedly driving nearly 150 mph on an interstate highway.

NBC 4’s Patrick Preston reported with the FAST FACTS.

An OSP radar plane clocked the men allegedly going those speeds, and troopers made the traffic stop.

The video was taken by two troopers’ cruisers.

Authorities said off-duty state trooper Jason Highsmith, 35, was clocked going 147 mph on Interstate 70, east of Columbus, where the speed limit is 65 mph.

Authorities said Christopher Thomas, 33, was clocked going 149 mph on I-70.
 

OH: National Rifle & Pistol Matches begin today
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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The National Rifle & Pistol Matches, first held in 1907, kick off today at Camp Perry, Ohio with the Small Arms Firing School-Pistol and First Shot ceremony.
 

MD: SWAT Gone Wild in Maryland
Submitted by: Paul

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Late last month, Berwyn Heights, Maryland Mayor Cheye Calvo took the unusual step of filing a civil rights lawsuit against the police department of his own county.

Calvo and his family were innocent. In addition to having his two dogs killed, Calvo and his mother-in-law were handcuffed for several hours, and questioned at gunpoint.

Calvo also learned just how obstinate and unapologetic police and government officials can be, even (or especially) when they're clearly in the wrong.

It's the policy that's the problem. The occasional wrong house, murdered pet, or police killing of a mother of two are regarded as regrettable but acceptable collateral damage—the price we pay to keep drugs illegal.
 

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears
Submitted by: riotboy

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Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.

It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.

Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags.
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Your cell phone's location can also be tracked realtime due to its GPS receiver. All you can do to prevent this is remove the battery.

 

NY: 1 Thing rattles DA-hopeful dad
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Manhattan DA candidate Richard Aborn has no worries taking on the NRA, climbing jagged peaks in Italy, or debating New Yorkers on the campaign trail.
 

CA: Rise in county gun sales tied to fewer cops
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"Initially, they said, buyers were concerned that the Obama administration would support further gun controls. More recently, Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness announced layoffs of 202 sworn deputies and 40 non-sworn personnel because of budget cuts to his department – further spurring local gun sales."

Submitter's note: fewer people depending on government for protection is a GOOD thing.
 

Gun Control Will Not Stop Youth Violence
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"There are strict laws regulating dealing in firearms. There are strict laws defining 'prohibited persons' who may not legally even touch a firearm. There are strict laws forbidding possession of guns by minors and 'illegally' carrying them concealed. There are strict laws against brandishing a gun, threatening someone with one, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting people who aren't attacking you..."

"There are laws against murder."

"They don't seem to be working very well with people inclined to disobey them, do they?"
 

VA: Self Defense Exemption Excluded From Guns Ordinance
Submitted by: Anonymous

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After hearing from the county's law enforcement and prosecuting authorities, the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety/Human Services Committee voted to forward the change to the county's ordinance prohibiting gun use in parks to the full board without an additional clause exempting those acting in self-defense or in the defense of others.

The item, which would change the county's ordinance to fall more in line with the Virginia State Code, was sent back to the committee by the board June 16, after Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) suggested an amendment that would exempt those people who are "engaged in lawful self defense or in the lawful defense of others."
 

Daley's Bodyguard Catches Killer; 'We Should All Be So Lucky,' Says SAF
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The capture of a convicted killer Monday near the Michigan vacation home of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley proves that guns in the right hands are necessary for personal safety, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

"Mayor Daley is protected by an armed guard," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, "But what about the citizens of his city, who have no such luxury? The mayor is a world class hypocrite, who has bodyguards with guns to protect him from escaped killers like Charles Smith. Yet he is continuing to stubbornly fight against average citizens who are willing to protect themselves, but unable to because of Daley's deranged double standard about firearms and personal protection."
 

Gun Sales Increase Among Fears Of Weapon Bans
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Gun sales have risen drastically in the US after the NRA launched a new campaign aimed at convincing members that President Barack Obama is on the verge of banning gun ownership.

The highest rise was predictably seen in Southern states where gun ownership has always been more prevalent. According to a report by the Telegraph it is directly related to the election of President Obama, and fears that he plans to reverse the Second Amendment.
 

Sotomayor, guns, the 2nd amendment and constitutional idiocy
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings promise to be contentious. Probably the most contentious part of the hearings will be about the reversal of her lower court ruling regarding an issue of race in the case of the New Haven firefighters which the Supreme Court reversed.

But there will be some Senators, both out of sheer ignorance of the Constitution and also to pander to certain interest groups made up of gun owners and gun organizations, who will question her on rulings she made regarding gun laws on the grounds that she is hostile to the 2nd amendment right of an individual to own a gun.
 

TN: Tennessee gun law divides opinion
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Following a recent series of high-profile shooting incidents in the United States, the southern state of Tennessee is changing its gun laws this week.

It is relaxing them.

If a last-minute legal challenge fails, from Tuesday, gun owners in the state will be allowed to carry their weapons in a lot more public places - including bars and restaurants.
 

The Sotomayor Hearings: What to Watch For
Submitted by: Anonymous

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With the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning at 10 a.m. today, several of our correspondents are offering up previews of what we may expect as the week unfolds. Many, if not all, are veterans when it comes to covering legal matters and Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and we’ve invited them to weigh in periodically as we live-blog the judiciary sessions once they commence this morning.
 

It’s Not That the Police Killed Him; He Just Happened To Die
Submitted by: Larry

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Most of the time, when a citizen dies needlessly at the hands of one of the state’s armed enforcers, we are told insistently — by both the agency that employed the assailant and the state-aligned media — that the officer “acted appropriately,” and that he “followed established procedures.”

Where the death was clearly a result of police violence, defenders of the state’s apparatus of regimentation take refuge in contrived ambiguity.
 

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