South Carolina has a “stand your ground” law. And that’s a good thing. Until it’s subverted by a lawyer with a set of big brass ones. Greg Issac is on trial for murder for shooting and killing Antonio Corbitt in 2005 after breaking into Corbitt’s apartment. His attorney, Mark Schnee, is arguing that he had a right to kill Corbett because it “looked like Corbitt was going to pull a gun and shoot Issac.” Schnee says his client should be granted immunity from prosecution because South Carolina’s 2006 “stand your ground” law allows people to use deadly force if they fear for their lives. After the trial judge refused the motion, Schnee filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Court requesting a stay in the trial, which the court, for some reason, granted. So now the “stand your ground” law is on trial instead of the murderer. Stay tuned. This one could get nasty. Speaking of nasty . . .
Christie Dawn Harris was sentenced to 25 years in prison for having a loaded handgun concealed in her vagina during a drug bust. She was arrested in March after the Ada, Oklahoma cops found meth, drug paraphernalia, a .25 caliber pistol and loaded magazine in her car. During a “check for contraband” at the jail a female officer observed “a wooden and metal item sticking out from her vagina area.” She “pulled the item from her vagina, and found” a Freedom Arms .22 caliber handgun loaded with three live rounds and one spent shell. And that’s all I’ll say about that.
Another “unintended consequence” of Colorado’s new gun laws: the law concerning transfer of firearms makes no exceptions for public employees or entities. This means that legally, a sheriff’s department can’t issue firearms to deputies or return firearms that have been recovered as stolen property to their rightful owners without first obtaining a background check from a licensed dealer. LaPlata County Sheriff Duke Schirard has pointed this out and the county attorney agrees that “the letter of the law provides no exception for law-enforcement agencies to transfer firearms to deputies or to citizens.” However, even with this and other ambiguities identified so far, the federal court refuses to temporarily block it until the legislature irons out these and other problems with the poorly-thought-out law.
The Brady Center is taking on Nelson, Georgia, the small town that passed an ordinance mandating gun ownership. In May they filed a federal lawsuit saying the new ordinance is unconstitutional. “We definitely think this law is misguided and unconstitutional in Nelson and anywhere else where it’s passed… But it’s also important to send a message to other jurisdictions around the country that might be inclined to pass similar misguided, unconstitutional laws.” GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed court papers seeking to join the legal fight in support of Nelson. If the Brady Bunch is successful with this, you can be assured they’ll go after Kennesaw, GA and other cities that have passed similar laws.
In St. Louis, Missouri, two officers were responding to a call concerning copper thefts and were approached by “an aggressive dog showing its teeth.” One officer fired “three or four” shots at the dog, which ran way; they don’t know if they hit it or not. They do know about the cop’s partner, though. He was struck in the arm when one bullet ricocheted off of the sidewalk.
Sometimes things work out just as they should, though. In Florida, Gabriel Luz was alerted by a security sensor that a man was lurking outside his home. He grabbed his gun then confronted and detained the man until police arrived. Ruz’s wife told local reporters, “I was extremely scared, but for him because he would do anything to protect us. And even though I was concerned about getting a gun, I’m happy now that he did.” The video of Ruz taking down the intruder is here.