WZTV FOX 17 - Top Stories
With the President's plan for gun control fully on the table, a lot of political rhetoric comes with this controversial issue. So tonight, we're bringing you what we call Guns 101 to clear up the confusion.
At a recent 2nd Amendment rally in Murfreesboro, gun owners were already drawing a line in the sand ahead of the President's plan.
Sen. Bill Ketron / R Murfreesboro says, "It's not going to happen in TN because we'll just dig a moat around this state."
The President's plan doesn't come close to taking away 2nd Amendment rights as some feared, but it would limit what's available.
Bob Shrader, a competitive shooter says, "You can buy a 100 round magazine." Shrader is a competitive shooter, an Army veteran, an NRA member, and former range safety officer who also works as Fox 17's Chief Photographer.
If the President's plan passes, the magazine which hold the bullets would fire no more than 10 bullets, requiring a shooter to reload more often.
Shrader adds, "It would be about half the size."
In the Colorado theatre shooting and the Connecticut school shooting both gunmen used 30 round magazines, meaning they could fire 30 times before they ran out of bullets. Sadly, both reloaded, and continued shooting.
Pres. Obama says: "A ban on military-style assault weapons." That phrase 'military style assault weapons' is another one we'll hear a lot of in the coming weeks.
Shrader, "Most people think that's the same thing the military is using which would be a fully automatic weapon. The truth is the public generally can't own those. You have to have a special class 3 permit to own those and you can only buy those from a class 3 licensed dealer."
In essence, we already can't buy guns the military uses. The military uses fully automatic. The public buys semi automatic. Shrader explains the difference, "A fully automatic weapon means when you pull the trigger when you hold the trigger back it's going to fire until the magazine is empty. The semi automatic weapon, whether it's a handgun or a rifle, is going to fire one round each time you pull a trigger and one round only."
The last assault rifle ban expired in 2004. Any proposed legislation could include bans on specific guns such as AR-15'S AND AK-47'S.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 12:16 AM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Uncertainty over US stimulus drags shares lower
TOKYO (AP) -- Jitters over a possible change in U.S. stimulus efforts by the Federal Reserve helped pull share prices mostly lower in Asian trading today.
BC-US--Dow Record-Three Personal Stories, 1st Ld-Writethru,1173
Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
AP Photo FX102, FX103
Eds: With BC-US--Dow Record. Adds photos.
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: PRESIDENT OBAMA DEFENDS NSA SPY PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Until they were revealed earlier this month, few people knew about the National Security Agency's spying programs.
HOUSE OF CARDS
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland State House is getting a promotion -- to the U.S.