Expanded Castle in North Carolina

North Carolina has expanded its Castle Doctrine law to include vehicles and places of work:

Under the new law, the lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle or workplace isn’t required to retreat prior to using deadly force. The law presumes that a person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter one of these locations intends to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.

“I will do whatever it takes to protect my family, myself and other loved ones,” said Rick Mitchell, National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Certified Instructor. “Law abiding citizens should never have to fear the possibility of facing prison time for defending themselves or their families from a serious threat. I am glad that the lawmakers are finally getting something right.”

North Carolina Castles?

Kathy Harrington Files “Castle Doctrine” Bill in NC Senate

Kathy Harrington (R), Andrew Brock (R), and Doug Berger (D) have filed a bill in the NC Senate to bring what is known as the “Castle Doctrine” to North Carolina. Under current law, citizens may use deadly force against and intruder in their own homes “if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.” The current law can have the perverse effect of placing the burden of proof for the criminal’s intentions and ability to inflict harm on the homeowner.

The Pennsylvania legislature is also looking at castle doctrine.

Jeff Moss: The idiot of the day

Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.

Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October after school personnel found a small paring knife in her lunchbox.

The lunchbox (and small paring knife) was apparently her father’s. The two of them have identical lunchboxes and it looks like she took the wrong one on the wrong day.

Then she took it to the wrong school with the wrong person in charge. Superintendent Jeff Moss is a poster boy for idiot educators.

FWIW, when you homeschool in Murdoc’s district, the superintendent takes you out shooting once in a while.

Via Instapundit.

UPDATE: Updates at Instapundit indicate that the school district is claiming the knife was found was found on the person of Miss Smithwick in her purse. The knife was not found in Miss Smithwick’s lunchbox as reported by her family and the media” and that the she has not been “long-term suspended.”

However, a reader points out the pictures that appear to show a bag-like lunchbox, which would invalidate their defense if that bag is the lunchbox in question, is not her purse, and is where the knife was found. Unless that bag also contained all sorts of stuff normally found in girls’ purses and not only lunch, they’re full of it. We’ll see.

Pizza Hut Robber: ‘I mean business’

Deliveryman, a former sheriff’s deputy, fatally shoots 2 during holdup at Pizza Hut

This is a case of pizza guy getting beaten and robbed while in the store. And this pizza guy is a former LEO, so we’ll see what that does to Pizza Hut’s “no weapons” policy.

Inside a cooler at an east Charlotte Pizza Hut, two would-be robbers were hitting and pistol-whipping a delivery driver. All the while, the driver said, he kept his right elbow pinned tightly against his body – holding a Glock 22 under his shirt and out of view.

He didn’t want to use the gun unless he was forced to, he recalled Tuesday. But as he felt one of the men lifting his shirt, nearly exposing the gun, the deliveryman opened fire.

The two dead guys were 21 years old. The delivery driver is 57.

A Pizza Hut official stated that they won’t discuss their weapons policy “in the interest of our employees’ safety.” Which would be funny if the policy didn’t threaten the safety of so many Pizza Hut employees.

Crossbow Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina Allows Crossbow Hunting But Requires Concealed Handgun Permit

This is odd to Murdoc:

State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit.

From what I understand, this is not related to the new opportunity to hunt with crossbows in North Carolina but has always been a requirement of purchasing or receiving a crossbow.

What do concealed handguns or the permission to carry them have to do with crossbows?

‘Enough for the county to have a gross overreaction’

Gun store posters take flak
For more than a week, a local gun shop owner has been under scrutiny regarding certain advertisements outside his front door.

Nashville Guns owner Dennis Nielsen has been met with the watchful eyes of a few county officials and town residents for the storefront posters of women holding guns. Facing two documented complaints, Nielsen maintains that he has done nothing wrong and runs a clean business.

Facing the Washington Street sidewalks are two posters inside of Nielsen’s gun shop windows. The first poster shows a model with blond-streaked hair in a black dress holding an AR-15 rifle, with the second picture of the same model holding a .357 magnum pistol. Inside his shop, similar posters are attached to the walls, showing the same model holding different weapons.

The photos in the news story don’t appear to be risque in the slightest.