A 13-year-old South Carolina boy used his mother’s gun to fend off two home intruders while he was home alone.
According to The Post and Courier, one man was shot and killed by the 13-year-old, while the other was later caught and arrested.
Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at a medical center after suffering gunshot wounds in the burglary. Brown was dropped off at the hospital by the other suspect, Ira Bennett, 28, of North Charleston, after the pair fled the Ladson home where the shooting took place.
Bennett was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Another layer has been added to the gun control controversy due to a new bill from Congress. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will allow people with conceal and carry rights to keep those rights when traveling across state lines. They would be allowed to enter school zones and public federal land, but they would have to meet certain qualifications. This means they must be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law, carry a valid photo identification document, and carry a valid concealed carry permit (send your opinion to your rep here.)
Those who support the bill argue it is too difficult for law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to travel out of state and keep their rights. They have to negotiate a confusing maze of laws, reciprocity agreements, and recognition statutes to keep a right they already have. They also argue that recent gun violence in public places shows the need for more gun carrying citizens.
Those in opposition to the law argue that the state-by-state conceal-carry gun laws differ too much for this bill to work. States with tougher requirements would have to allow people from other states with fewer requirements to carry their firearms. Each state knows what is best for its own residents, so forcing another state’s laws onto them would put people in danger.
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A firearms manufacturer has designed a folding handgun that can deliver a deadly shot — despite being the same size as a credit card.
The tiny shooter — which can hold five .22 rounds — is the same dimensions as a stack of credit cards and can fit in a wallet.
The Lifecard.22LR, known as “the last gun you’ll leave behind,” is small enough to fit in a wallet and weighs just 7 ounces — less than a Big Mac.
Manufacturers say the mini gun boasts a steel barrel, bolt and trigger and extra ammunition storage for four extra rounds.
The company behind the gun, Trailblazer Firearms, is said to have been working on the concept for the LifeCard for seven years.
Trailblazer president Aaron Voigt, who has served in both the Marine Corps and the US Army said: “New designs and true innovation have been the exception and our goal is to be the pioneer laying new trails for gun enthusiasts, designers and manufacturers.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK/CNN) – A 60-year-old Texas woman shot and killed an intruder during a home invasion, authorities said.
Harris County deputies said two men entered the house through an open garage door and tried to rob the woman, who was at home alone. Both suspects were reportedly armed with pistols.
The woman grabbed her gun and fired multiple shots at the duo, deputies said.
One of the men died from his injuries. The other suspect jumped a fence and ran away.
The homeowner told investigators she did not know the men.
Investigators are trying to determine if this was a crime of opportunity, or if the two men targeted her home specifically.
Some neighbors were upset about the shooting, while others, like Catherine Hanks, applauded her for fighting back.
“In the state of Texas, if you’re gonna get on somebody’s property, you’re gonna get shot,” Hanks said. “That’s just the way we are, that’s Texas.”
Police have not yet tracked down that second suspect.
It’s unclear if he sustained any injuries when the homeowner fired her gun at him.