U.S. House of Representatives Passes NRA-backed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation

From The Buckeye Firearms Association By Chad Baus, Thursday, November 17, 2011 via http://www.ten8.wordpress.com

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important self-defense measure that would enable millions of Right-to-Carry permit holders across the country to carry concealed firearms while traveling outside their home states. H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, passed by a majority bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. All amendments aimed to weaken or damage the integrity of this bill were defeated.

“NRA has made the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act a priority because it enhances the fundamental right to self-defense guaranteed to all law-abiding people,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “People are not immune from crime when they cross state lines. That is why it is vital for them to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones should the need arise.”

H.R. 822, introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), allows any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes.

This bill does not affect existing state laws. State laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within each state’s borders. H.R. 822 does not create a federal licensing system or impose federal standards on state permits; rather, it requires the states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.

As of today, 49 states have laws in place that permit their citizens to carry a concealed firearm in some form. Only Illinois and the District of Columbia deny its residents the right to carry concealed firearms outside their homes or businesses for self-defense.

“We are grateful for the support of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Majority Whip McCarthy, Judiciary Chairman Smith and primary sponsors Congressmen Stearns and Shuler for their steadfast support of H.R. 822. Thanks to the persistence of millions of American gun owners and NRA members, Congress has moved one step closer to improving crucial self-defense laws in this country,” concluded Cox.

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Convicted Murderer in Fatal Shooting

From The Charlotte Observer of November 17, 2011 By Meghan Cooke

Police are searching for a convicted murderer who is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting of a 30-year-old this week in southeast Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they’ve obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jeremiah Lamont Luke, 33. He’s charged with murder in the death of Mikal Lee Legrande.

Jeremiah Lamont Luke, 33. Photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Early Tuesday, police were called to the Steeplechase Apartments, off East Independence Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found Legrande in a parking lot. He’d been shot, police said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that Legrande and a friend arrived at the apartment complex to meet someone. Witnesses heard a gunshot, police said, and then discovered Legrande lying in the parking lot.

Police have not described what might have led to the shooting.

On Thursday night, police asked the public’s help to find Luke.

Luke was convicted of second-degree murder in 1995 in Mecklenburg County, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. He spent about 13 years in prison.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the CMPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-8228.

Published in: on November 18, 2011 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  

War Memorial Now Displays Soldier Statues

N.C. Korean War Memorial Gets Donations, Loan

From The Charlotte Observer of Sunday, Nov. 06, 2011, By Melinda Johnston, Correspondent

A pair of 1.5-ton granite soldiers now flank the North Carolina Korean War Memorial in Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road, just off Interstate 485.

One statue depicts a soldier in a dress uniform, the other is an image of a soldier in a poncho – a common site during the Korean War.

The statues and their matching bases – weighing in at about 4 tons each – arrived Monday from Elberton, Ga. The pieces are an important part of the $500,000 memorial that, when complete, will resemble the South Korean flag.

Four granite pillars engraved with the 789 names of North Carolinians either killed or missing in action are still to come. There also will be a fountain installed in the middle of the brick-walled circular memorial.

Organizers have raised about $400,000 and received an interest-free loan from a private individual to complete the project.

The loan will be paid off with contributions from Mint Hill businesses and the sale of granite pavers, which can be purchased by the public and engraved with the names of loved ones from any war the United States has ever engaged in.

Details:www.koreanwarmemorialnc.com.

Published in: on November 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Veterans Can Enjoy Free Meals on Holiday

From The Charlotte Observer of Sunday, Nov. 06, 2011, By Jody Mace

Around Veterans Day, many businesses offer special deals to veterans and active duty military personnel as a way of saying thank you. Most of these are chains, so it’s a good idea to call the specific restaurant or business before you go and verify that it is participating. Also, check its website for information on eligibility and required documentation.

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military get a free signature entrée Nov. 11. applebees.com

Golden Corral: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal Nov. 14. goldencorral.com/military

Sam’s Club: Veterans in need of mobility assistance can get free Hugo Canes Nov. 9-11. You don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member. hugosalutes.com/

Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty personnel get a free bloomin’ onion and a coke Nov. 7-11. outback.com/troops

Car wash: Participating car washes offer free car washes for veterans Nov. 11. graceforvets.org

Texas Roadhouse: All active, former or retired military personnel can get a free entrée and a Coca-Cola product, coffee or tea, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 11.texasroadhouse.com

Hooters: Veterans and active duty personnel can get 10 free wings at Hooters with a drink purchase Nov. 11. hootersveteransday.com

McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans get a free entrée from a special menu Nov. 13. Reservations are strongly recommended. mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Veterans-Appreciation-Event.aspx

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Spartanburg County, SC Sheriff Urges Citizens to ‘Get a Concealed Weapons Permit’

November 1, 2011 by ten8

From http://www.goupstate.com, October 31, 2011 By Jenny Arnold

In light of an attempted rape of a woman at Milliken Park on Sunday, Sheriff Chuck Wright encouraged women to get concealed weapons permits.

Sheriff Chuck Wright shows the media a mug shot of Walter Monroe Lance is at the Sheriff’s Department after a hearing at the Spartanburg County jail on Monday. Photo by GERRY PATE of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper.

Wright suggested a .45-caliber weapon, because “you don’t have to be accurate, you just have to be close” to a target, and displayed a fanny pack at a news conference that women could carry a concealed handgun while out jogging.

To apply for a concealed weapons permit from the State Law Enforcement Division: a person must be 21 years old and not be prohibited from owning a weapon, provide photo identification and proof of residency; submit a valid driver’s license or proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within six months of the application; pay a $50 fee; be fingerprinted; undergo a SLED criminal background check; submit proof of training by completing a basic or advanced handgun education course offered by a state, county or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization that promotes gun safety.

The course must be a minimum of eight hours and must include information on gun laws and the use of deadly force, handgun safety, proper handgun storage and the actual firing of the handgun in the presence of the instructor.

Walter Monroe Lance, 46, of 14 Front St., Spartanburg, was charged Monday by the sheriff’s office with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and grand larceny in connection with the assault on a woman at Milliken Park.

Wright said Lance was fortunate someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t hear the victim’s screams Sunday and put the “animal” down, referring to Lance.

“That would have fixed this,” Wright said. “Ladies, walk in groups. Get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace; I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit. Gun control to me is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick.”

“That would have fixed this,” Wright said. “Ladies, walk in groups. Get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace; I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit. Gun control to me is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick.”

Call SLED at 803-896-7015 with questions about the state’s concealed weapons permit laws or visit www.sled.sc.gov.

Spartanburg Man Arrested in Rape Attempt has Lengthy Criminal Record, According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Files

From http://www.goupstate.com, October 31, 2011 By Jenny Arnold

Sheriff Chuck Wright said he was “aggravated” that a man with a lengthy criminal record was not in prison for past crimes and is now accused of trying to rape a woman at Milliken Park on Sunday.

Walter Monroe Lance, 46, of 14 Front St., Spartanburg, was charged Monday by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and grand larceny in connection with the park assault.

Walter Monroe Lance

But as Wright pointed out during a news conference Monday, it isn’t Lance’s first brush with the law or the first time he’s been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

In 2009, Lance was charged by the sheriff’s office with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. But the victim did not cooperate with authorities, 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office spokesman Murray Glenn said.

The case was resolved with Lance pleading guilty to prostitution third or subsequent offense, Glenn said. Lance received time served, meaning the time he had already spent in jail after his arrest on the charge satisfied the sentence handed down by the judge.

According to a criminal history provided by the State Law Enforcement Division, Lance’s criminal background as an adult goes back to 1983, when he was charged in Spartanburg County with car-breaking, larceny and store-breaking. He was sentenced under the state’s Youthful Offender Act and sentenced to probation.

In 1984, Lance was charged with grand larceny and he began a prison sentence at Perry Correctional Institution in September 1984.

Little more than a year later, Lance had been released, and was charged in October 1985 with pointing a firearm.

In 1986, there were arrests and convictions for driving under the influence and violation of the state’s pistol law.

His probation was revoked and he served more time at Perry with a sentencing beginning Aug. 1, 1986, according to the SLED record.

In December 1987, Lance was charged with assault and battery, followed by arrests for car breaking and grand larceny in 1988. He was sentenced to five years at Perry and five years probation and began the sentence on Jan. 11, 1989.

By February 1992, Lance had been released from prison. During that year, he was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, driving under suspension, possession of a pistol by a convicted felon (which was later dismissed), aggravated assault and battery and criminal domestic violence.

He went to court on various charges that year, and began a seven-year sentence at Perry.

According to the criminal history, Lance was released by 1997, was convicted of criminal domestic violence and paid a $425 fine. In 1998, there were charges for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and simple assault. He was found not guilty of simple assault.

Also in 1998, Lance was charged with unlawful use of telephone, which was dropped in court. He was charged again in September 1999 with criminal domestic violence third or subsequent offense and resisting arrest and convicted.

There are no new offenses according to the SLED record until 2009, when he was charged with an open container violation and later that year with the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge that was later resolved with the guilty plea to prostitution.

Lance recently served federal prison time, 14 months, on a gun charge, Wright said during Monday’s news conference.

“Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn’t working,” Wright said. “Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn’t working either.”

In 1986, there were arrests and convictions for driving under the influence and violation of the state’s pistol law.

His probation was revoked and he served more time at Perry with a sentencing beginning Aug. 1, 1986, according to the SLED record.

In December 1987, Lance was charged with assault and battery, followed by arrests for car breaking and grand larceny in 1988. He was sentenced to five years at Perry and five years probation and began the sentence on Jan. 11, 1989.

By February 1992, Lance had been released from prison. During that year, he was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, driving under suspension, possession of a pistol by a convicted felon (which was later dismissed), aggravated assault and battery and criminal domestic violence.

He went to court on various charges that year, and began a seven-year sentence at Perry.

According to the criminal history, Lance was released by 1997, was convicted of criminal domestic violence and paid a $425 fine. In 1998, there were charges for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and simple assault. He was found not guilty of simple assault.

Also in 1998, Lance was charged with unlawful use of telephone, which was dropped in court. He was charged again in September 1999 with criminal domestic violence third or subsequent offense and resisting arrest and convicted.

There are no new offenses according to the SLED record until 2009, when he was charged with an open container violation and later that year with the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge that was later resolved with the guilty plea to prostitution.

Lance recently served federal prison time, 14 months, on a gun charge, Wright said during Monday’s news conference.

“Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn’t working,” Wright said. “Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn’t working either.”

Lance recently served federal prison time, 14 months, on a gun charge, Wright said during Monday’s news conference.

“Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn’t working,” Wright said. “Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn’t working either.”

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