June 30, 2010 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Chicago mayor urges new gun law

The Spokesman-Review
 

Chicago – Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will push for a strict handgun ordinance to replace its doomed gun ban that will likely include limiting each resident to a single handgun, requiring gun owners to have insurance and prohibiting gun stores from setting up shop in the city, his top lawyer said Tuesday.

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live – a ruling that certainly means the end of Chicago’s 28-year-old gun ban – Corporation Counsel Mara Georges moved quickly to alert a City Council committee of plans to propose a new gun ordinance.

Daley clearly wants to put a new ordinance in place quickly, perhaps well before an appellate court does as instructed by the Supreme Court and reviews the city’s gun ban. Georges said she hopes to present an ordinance to the council committee by the end of the week.

Chihuahua dies protecting boy

Richmond, Calif. – A Northern California woman said her Chihuahua died protecting her children from two pit bulls that got into her apartment over the weekend.

Mayda Estrella, of Richmond, said the family’s Chihuahua, named Manchas, jumped in between the canine invaders and her 4-year-old son Sunday. A pit bull grabbed Manchas with its jaws and carried the Chihuahua away.

Contra Costa County animal services officials said the Chihuahua was killed, and the pit bulls were now in custody.

The pit bulls’ owner said they had escaped their yard by chewing through a fence. Estrella said her front door was open when the dogs came in.

Elderly woman sues over stun gun

Oklahoma City – An 87-year-old grandmother subdued by police with a stun gun while she was lying in bed hooked up to an oxygen machine is suing her Oklahoma hometown.

Attorney Brian Dell said Tuesday that he filed the lawsuit June 21 on behalf of his client, Lona Varner. He did not specify the amount she’s seeking from the city of El Reno but said it’s at least $75,000.

Varner’s grandson called 911 on Dec. 22 and told the dispatcher his grandmother “wanted to end her life” and that he was concerned she had taken some unknown medicine.

Officer Thomas Duran said in a police report that Varner pulled a kitchen knife from under her pillow and threatened to stab and kill him if he tried to take her from her home.

The report says another officer used a stun gun on Varner.


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