Homeowner shoots 2 men after home invasion in Columbia Township

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies say they responded to the 3500 block of Kenoak Lane in Columbia Township at approximately 3:15 a.m., Saturday morning after a homeowner and his family were startled by two intruders who broke into their home.

Police say the homeowner first retrieved a hammer and confronted both men. After a struggle ensued, police say the homeowner then retrieved a gun and shot both men.

The men fled in a vehicle but were located a short distance away in Cincinnati. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where one is listed in critical condition and the other in stable condition.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Section is investigating and ask the public with any information to call 513-851-6000 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Approval for concealed weapons permits made easier for military

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Panama City that the state has expedited concealed weapons permits for more than 80,000 active military and veterans.

With this in effect, members of the military automatically get taken care of first. This shortens the process of getting a concealed carry permit from a couple months to just a few days.

The change came after a shooting at a military reserve in Chattanooga, Tennessee two years ago where members of the military were killed.

Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis mentioned ISIS posted the names and addresses of men and women in the military on the internet. They say members of the military have become targets inside the United States.

“If they mail in their application, if they come to a regional office, they are processed first,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The use of that DD-214 [form] is a flag to move them to the top of the stack and make sure that active duty military and veterans are getting the protection they need.”

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Armed With Her Dad’s Gun, This 17-Year-Old Girl Fended Off A Wanted Man Who Broke Into Her Home

A 17-year-old girl defended herself with her dad’s gun from a wanted car thief who broke into her home while she slept Monday morning.

When Kimber Wood of Spokane County, Washington awoke, it was to the sound of someone breaking into her home. Luckily, her parents had warned her there was a suspected car thief on the loose in their area, so she had slept with her dad’s gun under her pillow, KHQ reports.

Police say they initially saw a stolen car early Monday morning, but that the suspect evaded authorities and fled on foot. KHQ reported the incident on “The Wake Up Show,” which Kimber’s parents saw before they left for work.

With the gun in hand, the teen hid behind her makeup vanity, waiting for the intruder to come closer. When the man approached her, she pointed the gun at him and demanded that he leave.

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Smith & Wesson Launches M&P Summer Rebate

Smith & Wesson announced the launch of the company’s new mail-in rebate offer, the “M&P Summer Savings,” which applies to the company’s line of M&P pistols, including the M&P Shield.

“We are excited to announce the ‘M&P Summer Savings’ mail-in rebate program this summer on some of our most popular firearms,” said Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson. “We’ve worked with Hornady ammunition and Caldwell shooting supplies to create an ideal accessories package, whether you are in the market for a full-size or concealed carry M&P firearm.”

Any consumers that purchase an M&P pistol, whether it’s a full-size, compact or Shield, can submit a rebate to receive a Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader, two boxes of Hornady Critical Defense ammo and two spare magazines for their particular handgun. The total value of the offer is $180, and it can be had absolutely free with a simple completed form.

The rebate program applies to all M&P handguns purchased between July 1 to Sept. 30, 2017. To receive the rebate offer, consumers can choose three different ways to complete the form. First, the form is available online at the Smith & Wesson Perfect Summer Hideaway Rebate site and can be completed and submitted on the company’s website. The form can also be downloaded and mailed to the company. Finally, consumers can obtain a paper copy of the rebate form from their Smith & Wesson dealer and mail in the completed form. The form must also include proof of purchase and must be sent into the company before Oct. 31, 2017.

Smith & Wesson also announced that customers living in Alaska, Hawaii and states with magazine-capacity restrictions or limits on ammo transfers will receive a $75 cash rebate when they buy their handgun.

For more details on the Smith & Wesson Perfect Summer Hideaway Rebate offer, visit the company’s rebate website here.

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Neighbors call gun toting mom a hero

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – A Clearwater man is behind bars and a woman has her neighbor to thank for saving her life.

Neighbors at Pine Ridge at Lake Tarpon are in awe of how one mom stepped in to help her neighbor, even risking her own safety.

31-year-old Brittany Cheek didn’t hesitate for a single second. When she heard her neighbor screaming, she grabbed her gun, and took action. Carolyn Lubecki says that makes her a hero, “Just an amazing act of bravery.”

Lubecki called 911 when she heard screams. She explained, “You kind of panic in situations and thank god Brittany Cheek didn’t. She didn’t think twice.”

Pinellas County deputies say 18-year-old Daniel Morley, wearing only his boxers, started pounding on the door of the condo at 1344 Pine Ridge Circle East around 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Susan Bass noticed the man was bleeding and opened her door to help. Instead, Morley attacked her. That’s when Bass’ neighbor across the hall grabbed her gun and shot Morley in the leg. Cheek’s 3-year-old son was just a few feet away.

Tammy Harrison, the owner of a female-oriented gun shop called Girls Gun Wild in Largo, says more women are packing heat to stay safe.

“We’re all in that boat right now. It can happen to any of us at any time.”

Harrison’s business has doubled in the past two years with women now arming themselves with handguns.

“It sort of pushes you over the fence to hear of crimes like this. Like hey, she protected her 3-year-old, that could have been me,” she said enthusiastically.

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