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  • Three burglars entered an Oklahoma home. The owner’s son opened fire with an AR-15, deputies say.

    03/28/2017 6:10:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 102 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-29-2017 | Ben Guarino
    <p>Gunfire rang out Monday afternoon in a home in Broken Arrow, an Oklahoma city 15 miles southeast of Tulsa. Three intruders were killed after the son of the homeowner fired a semiautomatic rifle in what local law enforcement officers later described as an act of self-defense, though their investigation remains open.</p>
  • The family that shoots together(Winter Haven FL)

    08/21/2016 10:48:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 8/20/2016 | Unknown
    Intruder Breaks Into Home; Shot By Entire Family
  • Similar cases in Massachusetts and Texas Shootings, Different Outcomes

    On 16 July, a homeowner in Chicopee, Massachusetts was confronted with three men who were attempting to break into his house. It was an hour past noon, in broad daylight. He called the police to report the attempted break in. He tried to get them to leave,  but one persisted in pounding on the door.  When the would be intruder broke glass, he shot one shot through the door. That intruder died.  It turned out that the intruder was 15 years old and had been illegally drinking with his two friends. Afterwards, the surviving young men claimed they were...
  • Travis Co. Sergeant dies after Round Rock shooting (Texas officer killed; backyard)

    07/25/2016 8:48:02 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 13 replies ^ | July 25 2016 | Claire Ricke
    Police are searching for two burglary suspects after Sgt. Craig “Hutch” Hutchinson was killed in a shooting at his house early Monday morning. The sergeant was shot at his home on Oak Meadow Drive in the Cimmaron neighborhood, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Sheriff Greg Hamilton said Hutchinson radioed the department around 1:22 a.m. when he saw suspects running around his backyard. By 1:32 a.m. when officers arrived at Hutchinson’s house he was found on the ground in the backyard near a creek. He was transported to a Round Rock Hospital where he was pronounced dead. “Our...
  • Missouri lawmakers pass expanded gun rights on final day

    05/13/2016 10:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 13, 2016 9:21 PM EDT | David A. Lieb and Summer Ballentine
    Missouri lawmakers passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights Friday, allowing people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats. The legislation, which goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, was among the most prominent measures passed by the Republican-led Legislature on the final day of its annual session. Under the measure, most people could carry concealed guns, even if they haven’t gone through the training now required to get a permit. The legislation would also expand the state’s “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to...
  • What To Do After A Shooting (after you shoot in self defense - video)

    12/30/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Video Link Great advice from Don West, co-defense counsel representing George Zimmerman.
  • Boy, 13, killed while stealing from car in St. Louis may test state's castle doctrine

    12/02/2015 7:46:00 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 60 replies
    STL Today (Post Dispatch) ^ | December 01, 2015 | Joel Currier, Jeremy Kohler
    ST. LOUIS • Ernest Williams, 14, says he, his cousin and their friend were wrong to sneak out on their bikes at night, hop a backyard fence and rummage through someone’s car for pocket change. The car’s owner interrupted the boys and shot at them about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, killing Ernest’s 13-year-old cousin, Martinez Smith-Payne. Ernest wishes they had gone home instead of riding down that North Point neighborhood alley. “I was just thinking while in the jail cell, what was up in that car was not worth Martinez’s life,” Ernest said on his front porch Monday, standing next to...
  • MT: Forensic Evidence doesn't match story. Result: Homicide Charges

    04/05/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, in May of 2013, James George Stiffler shot a man who was burglarizing his home in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The burglar, Henry Tomas Johnson of Helena, managed to make it to his car, but died before being able to leave the property. The case illustrates the ability of forensic science to determine details of what happened. From Henry Thomas Johnson, 37, of Helena, was shot dead in 2013 while apparently ransacking a home in Lewis and Clark County. Nearly two years later, the county attorney has charged homeowner James George Stiffler with felony...
  • 14-year-old reportedly shoots, kills intruder to protect sick grandmother

    12/18/2014 4:06:05 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 60 replies ^ | 12/17/2014 | Local News
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the second man involved in a home break-in that turned deadly near the Charlotte/Mint Hill border has been arrested. Another suspected intruder was killed when a 14-year-old inside the house shot and killed him Tuesday night, police said.The two intruders, who police identified as 18-year-old Isai Delcid and his 22-year-old brother Carlos Delcid, attempted to break into the home on Rolling Fields Lane just after 5 p.m., according to investigators. Isai was shot and died at the scene while police said Carlos fled. Officers arrested Carlos late Tuesday night and charged...
  • GA: 73-Year-Old Woman Shoots Burglar: Serves Police Treats

    08/23/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspect Jaime Lewis When you are an elderly woman, you are likely to have more leeway in how you interact with criminals.  It is partly a matter of being more vulnerable; and partly a matter of the statistics reinforcing the stereotype that women are less aggressive than men.  In Georgia, a 73-Year-Old woman shot an intruder through her bedroom door, after he had broken into the house.  The woman heard the doorbell ring a little before 10 pm, but did not answer.  She saw a truck parked in the middle of an intersection, and called 911.   From
  • Autopsy Finds Slain Robbery Suspect Who Allegedly Begged For Her Life Wasn’t Pregnant

    07/25/2014 5:32:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    AP) ^ | July 25, 2014 2:54 PM
    Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer, 80, told a TV station he began firing after his collarbone was broken during an assault by the woman and a man that Greer discovered in his home. ... Greer said he fired at the burglars inside and outside his home, even though the female burglar told him not to shoot because she was pregnant. ... An autopsy has confirmed Miller wasn’t pregnant, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Friday. ... Under California law, homeowners have a right to protect themselves with deadly force inside their homes and in the immediate vicinity —...
  • Dead criminal’s family whines that Dallas homeowner didn’t warn home invader before shooting him

    06/12/2014 12:12:08 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 91 replies
    Lakesha Thompson sports a particularly warped view of the entitlement mindset: An elderly man shot and killed a would-be burglar inside his Oak Cliff home. Police say the homeowner saw Deyfon Pipkins, 33, trying to climb into the window and fired his weapon at least once at the intruder. The homeowner is legally protected by the Castle Doctrine, which allows a person to defend his or her home against an intruder. “It means they don’t actually have to retreat once someone comes in their home,” Sergeant Calvin Johnson, Dallas Police Department, said. “You have the option of using deadly force...
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home.

    04/22/2014 11:50:44 AM PDT · by ronnyquest · 81 replies
    WFLA ^ | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 9:58 AM CST | Shannon Behnken
    NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Sharkey and his wife are now living in Hawaii where he is currently stationed. They plan to move back into their New Port Richey home someday. But, right now they are fighting to get their house back. They say strangers broke in, changed the locks, moved in and they refuse to leave. "I want the people out," said Sharkey. "They're criminals living in my house." Sharkey was shocked to find out...
  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 5:53:29 PM PDT · by narses · 86 replies
    Tears flowed on both sides of a Spokane courtroom Thursday as a jury acquitted Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the March 2013 death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. Gerlach’s wife, Sharon, wept and embraced her family as the verdict, not guilty on both a first-degree and second-degree manslaughter charge, was read in open court. Ann Kaluza-Graham, grandmother of the man shot dead trying to steal Gerlach’s SUV, burst into tears as she said her grandson never got a chance to answer theft charges or prove himself a changed person. “This was a tragedy,” Gerlach said in a brief statement after the verdict...
  • OH:Self Defense Shooter's Gun Ordered Returned after 18 Months

    02/28/2014 4:43:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The shooting occurred on October 19, 2012, at about 2:44 am and was a classic case of self defense and castle doctrine.   The deceased was a violent convict that had a long history of crime and fighting, and had alcohol, cocaine, and Oxycodone in his system when he was shot. His relatives complained vigorously when they found out that he was shot, claiming that "they did not have to shoot him". On June 27, 2013, it was reported that Jack Dillon would not be charged.   A grand jury had determined that his decision to shoot Jeffrey Carson fell within...
  • Neighbor: East Allentown man traded shots with robbers before killing one

    01/17/2014 11:14:49 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies
    The east Allentown man who shot a robber to death Wednesday night was first pistol-whipped by three robbers acting together, a neighbor said Thursday. And when the resident of 655 Westminster St. pulled a gun in self-defense, one of the robbers fired at the resident, a man in his 50s, said the neighbor, recounting what the resident told him. .... Other neighbors said they believe the armed resident has a license to carry a firearm. A woman who opened the door of the alleged shooter's small, single-story home Thursday said the family did not wish to comment. Kevin Kern, who...
  • Bronze Star-winning stepdad who shot girl dead 'as she tried to sneak into the house'....

    12/25/2013 12:58:55 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 24, 2013 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER and SNEJANA FARBEROV
    The Colorado man who police say shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after allegedly mistaking her for a burglar has been identified as a highly decorated Army officer. According to information released to MailOnline Tuesday afternoon by officials at Fort Carson, Colorado, 2nd Lt Daniel Meade has been named in a fatal incident involving his daughter, Kiana O’Neil. The victim, of Colorado Springs, was gunned down after a burglary was reported at her family's home. Police spokesman Larry Herbert said the girl's stepfather fired the shot, but said it was unclear if he had mistaken the teen for a burglar....
  • 'I am a hunter and will not hesitate to shoot': Man tries to break into Kid Rock's home

    08/03/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 3, 2013 | Hayley Peterson
    Police arrested a 43-year-old Detroit man who attempted to break into Kid Rock's home. The man, who has not been identified, was arrested at his home north of Detroit after the singer offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who could provide information on him. Prior to his arrest, Kid Rock posted surveillance images of the suspect  - who was notably wearing crutches during the attempted burglary - on his website and stated that he is an 'avid hunter and marksman' and 'will not hesitate to shoot anyone' who threatens his family. 'Don't mess with a mother****** like me,' the singer,...
  • Neighbors react to Marigny homeowner shooting alleged intruder(Trayvon Round 2)

    07/27/2013 11:59:12 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 33 replies
    NEW ORLEANS -- A 14-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head by a Marigny homeowner. Police say the teen was standing on the shooter's property in the 700 block of Mandeville Street. Now the homeowner faces an attempted second degree murder charge. "I think its a terrible situation. I know Merritt very well. He's a very good friend and it's very sad," said neighbor Charles Hazouri. Around 2 a.m. Friday, the New Orleans Police Department says a 14-year-old boy ended up shot in the head, allegedly standing in 33-year-old Merritt Landry's yard. Police say...
  • Stand Your Ground Is Not New - It is based on an old and valuable principle.

    07/25/2013 10:02:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In our discussions of the Stand Your Ground principle, bogeymen and shadows predominate. We hear much of the National Rifle Association, of the conservative nonprofit “ALEC,” of “the South,” and, particularly ludicrously, of “white supremacy.” Disinformation and hyperbole, too, are rife. To take the more extravagant of the rule’s critics at face value would be to conclude that permissive self-defense regimes are recent inventions — a hijacking of the justice system by would-be vigilantes and their enablers. But all of this is rather silly. In truth, the Stand Your Ground principle, which holds only that one may fight back...
  • "Castle Doctrine" in New Mexico; Good Next Step for "Shall Issue" State

    11/18/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Albuquerque Firearms Examiner ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Winston Dorian
    It's no secret that there are a lot of concealed carry permit (CCW) holders in New Mexico. As of the last count there are 22,000 licensees in the state according to: Legally Armed. Thanks to Governor Bill Richardson the law was passed and even our state's current governor, Susanna Martinez packs heat and has her CCW license. See the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act HERE. After all this is the Wild, Wild West and known acclaimed outlaws like "Billy the Kid" have been known to frequent these parts. Let's face it Guns and the Frontier way are a part of...
  • Brice Harper and the Castle Doctrine

    10/29/2012 2:17:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 29, 2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    Numerous writers, most recently Emily Bazelon of Slate, have touted the Brice Harper case from Montana as evidence against the castle doctrine, which allows people to use lethal force when it’s necessary to keep intruders off their property. These accounts tend to minimize the threat that Harper faced when he shot and killed Dan Fredenberg, and while it’s a difficult case, it hardly proves that the castle doctrine is bad policy.Harper was in some sort of relationship (he refused to call it an “affair” in interviews with police) with Dan Fredenberg’s wife, Heather (who said it was “pretty much”...
  • Three Common Tactical & Legal Mistakes You Should Know (and avoid)

    09/17/2012 8:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Jeffrey Denning
    I’m going to assume you’re a reasonable person. You do not provoke or engage in physical confrontations for the sport of it. You are legally authorized to possess a firearm. Further, your self-defense case does not hinge upon your alcohol consumption, your right to stand your ground or some off colored remark you may have made a week ago. Regardless of all of these things, you may still end up seeing the inside of a courtroom after you fire your gun defensively and there are still three big things in particular that can land you into blistering hot, legal and...
  • Conservative MPs demand greater rights for householders against burglars

    09/08/2012 4:07:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Sep 2012 | Patrick Hennessy
    Tory MPs make fresh demands today for the law to be changed to give clear rights to householders who protect themselves against burglars. They call on Chris Grayling, the new Justice Secretary, to “raise the bar” against criminals and alter the law on self defence to make it harder for householders to end up in the dock for defending their homes. The debate was reopened after Andy and Tracey Ferrie spent almost three days last week being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after shooting at, and wounding, two men who broke into their remote farmhouse in Leicestershire....
  • Compliance officer breaks into woman's home to yell at her over state of her lawn

    07/10/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT · by Tainan · 59 replies
    610 WTVN website ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | National News
    When the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because the compliance officer is a county employee. A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom. “I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.” She elaborated: “[He] yelled at me...
  • Stunning Report: "Stand Your Ground" Laws Responsible for 500-700 Homicides Per year

    06/12/2012 5:28:59 AM PDT · by Afisra · 118 replies
    WOAI Radio ^ | 06/11/2012 | Jim Forsyth
    Research conducted at Texas A&M University concludes that far from reducing crime rates, so called 'Stand your Ground' laws are actually responsible for a drastic increase in the number of homicides nationwide each year.
  • Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ Defendant is Convicted in Slaying (Disabled, Retired Marine Convicted)

    05/31/2012 8:25:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 86 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Wed, May. 30, 2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE said Wednesday he was convinced that a disabled, retired Marine was being attacked in the moments before he fatally stabbed a man last October, but he concluded that the stabbing was still a criminal act rather than self-defense. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner then convicted Jonathan Lowe, 57, of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge found him not guilty of the more-serious charges of first- and third-degree murder. Lowe, who wears a pacemaker and has survived two strokes and two heart surgeries, could face...
  • Media Matters, 'Stand Your Ground' and me

    05/08/2012 4:24:27 PM PDT · by Bobbys1963 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 1958 | John Lott
    Media Matters’ Founder David Brock showed no shame when he was caught illegally using guns for his own personal protection. Indeed, Media Matters’ continues to lash out at others who own guns or support letting individuals use guns for the own protection, even increasing their attacks. In April alone, Media Matters ran 32 articles attacking the NRA alone. Additional pieces have defended the Obama administration’s Fast & Furious program and dealt with other gun related topics. Media Matters also attacked me three times over the last two weeks: I had an op-ed in the New York Daily News and an...
  • MSNBC's The Daily Rundown Defending Stand Your Ground Laws

    05/01/2012 10:59:20 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 1, 2012 | Chuck Todd & John Lott
    John Lott featured on the Daily Rundown May 1, 2012
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Brave New World Edition(NC)

    04/28/2012 7:41:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    When Erin McCoy awoke from a Saturday afternoon nap to the sound of glass breaking, she grabbed a shotgun. Seeing a hand trying to open the window in her kitchen, she tried to warn him off, but he kept coming. That’s when she sent an ounce or so of persuasion toward the uninvited guest. Pretty much your standard issue DGU. Woman defends herself, suspects flee and one presents at the local ER with a sucking chest wound claiming he was “shot while playing basketball.” But in a post-Trayvon world, something has changed . . . Check out the report of...
  • Self-Defense Under Attack

    04/25/2012 6:43:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | April 25, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Critics of Florida's "stand your ground" law refuse to retreat, regardless of the evidence. Critics of Florida's self-defense law object to its recognition of a right to "stand your ground" in public places, which eliminated the duty to retreat from an assailant. Yet many of these critics seem to believe they have a duty to stand their ground and never retreat, using George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin as a weapon to attack Florida's law, no matter what the evidence shows.The emphasis on the right to stand your ground is puzzling in the context of the Martin case, since Zimmerman's...
  • Stand Your Ground makes sense

    04/25/2012 3:03:45 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | John Lott
    Call them what you will: “Stand Your Ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws. Mayor Bloomberg and members of Congress, speaking on the House floor, go so far as to label them “shoot first” laws. This is a gross exaggeration — a slander, in fact, against legislation designed to reform a flaw in our treatment of self-defense. Earlier statutes affirmatively required potential victims to retreat as much as possible before using deadly force to protect themselves, sometimes putting their lives in jeopardy. The supposedly infamous laws passed in Florida and elsewhere, in contrast, use a “reasonable person” standard for determining when it...
  • Investigation Re-Opened into Shooting Death of Mark Howard

    04/14/2012 8:10:03 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 16 replies ^ | Date Posted : 2011-08-29 | Panda
    Recently on internet radio show Center Stage the topic was DOES THE CASTLE DOCTRINE JUSTIFY THE MURDER OF MARK HOWARD. The family of Mark Howard were guests and came armed with the 911 tape, autopsy report, incident report and crime scene photos. They say the evidence proves their brother was murdered and WCPD is involved in a cover-up.
  • Council Resolution to Repeal ‘Castle Doctrine’ After Trayvon Killing (Philadelphia)

    04/14/2012 3:26:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Philadelphia Weekly ^ | April 13, 2012 | Randy LoBasso
    In light of Trayvon Martin’s murder making national headlines, and the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman this week, Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. thinks we need to change our state’s laws so the same sh*t doesn’t happen here. And since some of the controversy in the case allegedly revolves around the Florida police’s hands being tied by that state’s “Stand your ground” law, he wants Pennsylvania to repeal the “Castle Doctrine.” The Castle Doctrine, a less extreme version of some states’ Stand Your Ground laws, was signed last year by Gov. Tom Corbett after having been vetoed by former...
  • The castle doctrine changes the rules for teen pranks

    04/14/2012 4:34:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 60 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 apr 2012 | Kathleen Stilling
    Recently, we saw Wisconsin's castle doctrine law applied for the first time in a case in Slinger. A young man, apparently running from police during the breakup of an underage drinking party, hid in the porch of the next-door neighbor. The neighbor, reportedly frightened by the noises and presence of a stranger, confronted the young man and shot him. Emergency help arrived in response to the homeowner's call, but the young man died of the single wound. The use of deadly force always has been a complete defense to a homicide charge where the person using it reasonably believed that...
  • Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force

    04/13/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies ^ | 13 April, 2012 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. However, there was also strong support from respondents for background checks as well as limiting the sale of automatic weapons and keeping guns out of churches, stores and workplaces. The online survey showed that 68 percent, or two out of three respondents, had a favorable opinion of the NRA, which starts its annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Eighty-two...
  • Deadly force bill missed target (MN barf alert)

    04/05/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 4 April, 2012 | NA
    Gov. Mark Dayton was right to veto the so-called Castle Doctrine bill, but he did it for the wrong reason. The bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas, would have gone further than the Florida “shoot first” law now being invoked in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. The proposed Minnesota law would not have endangered police officers, and would not have resulted in a rash of shootings. But it would have made it easier to shoot and kill someone, and the vaguely-worded bill would have made it very difficult to prosecute anyone who used deadly...
  • Neighborhood thankful for law(TX castle doctrine)

    03/29/2012 6:55:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 29 March, 2012 | Agustin Garfias
    A law that gives Texans rights similar to those offered the shooter of Trayvon Martin if they are at home is causing controversy. The law covers when you can use lethal force to defend yourself. Jimmy Hooks fired two shotgun rounds toward a man he says was stealing from his pickup truck. The incident happened Monday night around the 500 block of Berry Street. And several of his neighbors say they feel good knowing that they can legally take matters into their own hands if they feel threatened. "We never locked our doors, never locked our cars. We left our...
  • Trayvon Martin shooting prompts Houston legislator to recommend changes to Texas law

    03/29/2012 8:48:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies ^ | March 29, 2012 | Kevin Reece
    HOUSTON—The controversial shooting of a teenager in Florida has a Texas lawmaker demanding changes to the Texas version of the "stand your ground" law. State Representative Garnet Coleman feels the state’s Castle Doctrine allows potential victims too much latitude to shoot first and ask questions later. He plans to introduce legislation to amend it. But some legal experts and supporters of the current law don’t believe the proposed changes stand much chance of passing in Austin. In 2007, the Legislature eliminated the "duty to retreat before using deadly force" portion of the law. Coleman, citing the Trayvon Martin case in...
  • MA Sen. Stephen Brewer promotes expanding citizen's rights to use deadly force in self-defense

    03/27/2012 5:35:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    A state senator from Western Massachusetts is advocating for a bill that would expand a person's right to use deadly force in self-defense without first making an attempt at a retreat. Under the legislation by Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, a Barre Democrat, the state would expand its current "Castle Doctrine," which says a person has no duty to retreat from intruders at home before using deadly force. Brewer's bill would expand that Castle principle to using deadly force in public anyplace the person has a right to be. The principle is called the Stand Your Ground Principle. More than two...
  • Senator calls on governor to name special prosecutor in shooting death of black teen

    03/22/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dara Kam
    TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Gary Siplin and a coalition of other black lawmakers are asking Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate last month's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer near Orlando. Trayvon Martin, 17, who was black, was killed Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white Hispanic, in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman, who has not been charged, has said he shot the high school student in self-defense. The shooting, now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and local authorities, has sparked an international furor with...
  • Law Enforcement Weighs In On Right To Resist Bill

    02/24/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Abathar · 82 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 23, 2012 | Jack Rinehart
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A bill that would allow property owners to use deadly force to resist police is facing increasing resistance of its own. The proposed legislation would provide property owners the right to use deadly force to stop an illegal entry by law enforcement officers. Current Indiana law gives homeowners the right to use whatever force they deem necessary to defend themselves and their property against unlawful entry. However, Senate Bill No. 1 is aimed directly at the police and would give property owners the same authority to use deadly force against officers perceived to have made unlawful entry. The...
  • Missouri authorities navigate castle doctrine

    01/24/2012 10:05:31 AM PST · by fungoking · 2 replies ^ | 1/23/2012 | Kim Bell
    In total, there were seven fatal shootings that involved the castle doctrine or other self-defense laws in St. Louis last year, compared with two in 2010. St. Louis police are changing how they handle apparent justifiable homicide cases in response to the spate of such shootings. In the past, detectives and supervisors in the St. Louis Police Department's homicide unit who thought a homicide was justified would call prosecutors to run it by them, to make sure they agreed. "If the victim was able to articulate that they thought their lives were in jeopardy, along with being supported by physical...
  • Bills would allow deadly force against intruders (VA)

    01/19/2012 7:09:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 18 January, 2012 | Mechelle Hankerson
    RICHMOND – Del. Dickie Bell, (R-Staunton), is sponsoring two bills that would empower Virginians to use lethal force against an intruder in their home. House Bill 47 would grant civil immunity to anyone who injures or kills someone while defending their home from another person who has posed a threat of injury to the other or has entered the home unlawfully. House Bill 48 would enshrine in Virginia law the “Castle Doctrine” that about 30 other states have. The bill would allow the use of physical or deadly force in someone’s home if an intruder has committed an “overt act...
  • (Indiana) Senate: Citizens Should Have Right To Resist

    01/17/2012 11:10:10 AM PST · by digger48 · 14 replies
    Indy Channel ^ | January 17, 2012
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning in support of a bill that would allow homeowners to use force to resist an illegal police entry. The bill comes after a controversial Supreme Court decision in May that held that current Indiana law didn't allow homeowners to violently resist police officers under any circumstances. The bill specifies under what circumstances police could enter a home: with a warrant, in pursuit of a fleeing criminal suspect, to prevent someone from being harmed or at the invitation of a resident. Otherwise, a resident could use reasonable force, including a gun if...
  • Lawmakers Consider Right To Resist Police

    01/16/2012 6:29:59 AM PST · by Abathar · 10 replies ^ | January 16, 2012 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana homeowners would have limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes in a handful of instances under a bill that state legislators are considering. A state Senate committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that follows a public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling in May that said homeowners cannot violently resist police officers even during an illegal entry. The bill's sponsors said it is narrowly crafted to set out the rights of homeowners.
  • Mother With a Gun

    01/10/2012 11:13:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 6, 2012 | Rich Lowry
    If the National Rifle Association had an award for Mother of the Year, it might already have a winner. When two men began to break into her home on New YearÂ’s Eve, Sarah Dawn McKinley of Blanchard, Okla., popped a bottle into her crying three-month-old babyÂ’s mouth and reached for her guns. According to her account and that of police, she defended herself and her child in terrifying circumstances. To say McKinley was in the middle of nowhere would exaggerate the centrality of her location in a sparsely populated area about 25 miles outside of Oklahoma City. To say her...
  • Henderson teen tells 911 dispatcher: 'I just shot the man'(NC)

    01/05/2012 5:13:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies ^ | 3 January, 2012 | Stacy Davis
    Henderson, N.C. — A 14-year-old Henderson boy calmly described in a 911 call how he shot an intruder in a home invasion last week. "I just shot the man. He came around the corner. I shot him. He broke the whole glass out (of the back door)," the teen told the 911 dispatcher. Authorities said Anthony Henderson Jr. 19, broke into the home at 586 S. Lynnbank Road on Thursday while the teen and his 17-year-old sister were home. The boy told the dispatcher that Henderson pointed a handgun at him, but Vance County Sheriff Peter White said deputies found...
  • Slaying of attacker declared legitimate by officials (PA killing allowed by Castle Doctrine)

    12/29/2011 4:59:35 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 28 December 2011 | Moriah Balingit
    Authorities announced Tuesday that a Somerset County man who shot and killed an armed rival in front of his Central City home will not be charged after they determined the freshly amended Castle Doctrine protected his right to shoot the man from his front porch. Tony L. Bittinger, 43, of Salisbury, died almost instantly on the afternoon of Oct. 10 after being struck in the chest with an arrow. The man behind the bow, a 38-year-old man whom police declined to identify, told police he fired on Mr. Bittinger after he came at him with a 32-inch wooden club. State...
  • Gov. signs bill allowing homeowners to legally kill intruders

    12/08/2011 9:46:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-7-11
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows homeowners to legally kill intruders. The bill, nicknamed the "Castle Doctrine," creates a presumption of legal immunity for someone who kills or injures a person breaking into his or her home, vehicle or workplace. The measure requires a judge to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary. The immunity presumption would not apply to a shooter who attacked someone he or she should have known was a public safety officer. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill early last month. Walker signed it into law Wednesday...