John Stud

Church Hill, VA

#21 Jan 3, 2012
What are the cops saying about this? Are they too afraid of Leon to charge him? Seems like this has been hushed up pretty good.
Powerful Oz

Walland, TN

#22 Jan 3, 2012
Are you kidding me? If someone has a knife, sword, axe or whatever to your throat you dont have time to decide how to defend yourself. You cant stop and think "hmmm, where should I shoot him before he slits my throat."And they said he waved guns around all the time as I understand it Leon was in his own home. You have the right to protect your home and your person.You cant enter someones home and start beating on people and try to kill them.It is a sad situation for all parties involved.Its not hushed up, it was on the local news. Is everyone in this town clueless?
crystal

Blacksburg, SC

#23 Jan 3, 2012
Family Member wrote:
Just for your information...it is a family member that was shot, and I would appreciate it if people wouldnt post things they have no clue about. Yes, he was shot in the throat but what about Leon?? He is a felon and he had a gun?? Does this not matter? Anytime you go up there he has some kind of gun ALWAYS waving it around. No, he is not innocent!! By no means!
And just for the record my family member that got shot is not on a disibility check.
No, he is not dead and I hope and pray he makes it through this.
Under no circumstances unless you are in fear of your life do you shoot someone in the neck?? Why couldnt it have been his leg if thats the case??
well said that was my aunt and uncle.
Family Member

Bulls Gap, TN

#24 Jan 4, 2012
Of course I'm going to claim self defense if I shot someone in my own home...and so is Leon.
As Leons family posted earlier they would be afraid to look at him cross eyed. Doesnt that show you anything about his character??
I know my family member well enough to know that if he had a weapon (knife, sword, axe or whatever) held on Leon he would have used it...
How misterious Leon had a gun in arms reach?????
sad

Kingsport, TN

#25 Jan 4, 2012
Hard to believe people get on here and bash people that are grieving, or just in pain.
Powerful Oz

Walland, TN

#26 Jan 4, 2012
I think people should wait until the investigation is complete before making judgments. I think there is more to this story than reported. I imagine its no mystery how someone could have a gun in arms reach if you are in your own home. A lot of people carry guns on their person, it is their right to have protection. Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.It is a bad situation for everyone involved.
Thinking

Maryville, TN

#27 Jan 4, 2012
Local, State, and Federal Law prohibits anyone ever convicted of any felony from ever possessing any firearm either inside or outside of his home.
Powerful Oz

Walland, TN

#28 Jan 4, 2012
This should answer your question. Leon had his rights restored which included his right to bear arms. "The court ruled that a State must restore all three of those rights to a felon, and not otherwise prohibit the felon from possessing a firearm under State law, in order for that felon to be able to lawfully possess a firearm under federal law. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee followed Cassidy in deciding a similar issue. United States v. White, 808 F. Supp. 586 (M.D. Tenn. 1992). Thus, a felon must have the rights to vote, seek and hold public office, and to sit as a juror restored in order to be able to lawfully possess a firearm under federal law."
Thinking

Maryville, TN

#29 Jan 4, 2012
Powerful Oz wrote:
This should answer your question. Leon had his rights restored which included his right to bear arms. "The court ruled that a State must restore all three of those rights to a felon, and not otherwise prohibit the felon from possessing a firearm under State law, in order for that felon to be able to lawfully possess a firearm under federal law. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee followed Cassidy in deciding a similar issue. United States v. White, 808 F. Supp. 586 (M.D. Tenn. 1992). Thus, a felon must have the rights to vote, seek and hold public office, and to sit as a juror restored in order to be able to lawfully possess a firearm under federal law."
That's only a for "shot gun or a rifle", no Handung. The only time a convicted felon can have his or her right's restored to which they may carry or possess a "Hand Gun" is if they have been a full Pardon or expungement, in which this is "not" the case.
Thinking

Maryville, TN

#30 Jan 4, 2012
No Handgun.
Wondering

Kingsport, TN

#31 Jan 4, 2012
Leon in jail or even charged yet?
Powerful Oz

Walland, TN

#32 Jan 4, 2012
I dont think either party has been charged with a crime.
OPP

Kingsport, TN

#33 Jan 4, 2012
Leon has defense wounds on his arm where the man was slashing at him. The man knocked him down and told him that he was gonna kill him. The guy that got shot was beating up his girlfriend then started on Leon, thats after he took the 3YR old son to a home and left him all by his self. If someone had a knife to my throat and to my head, i'm going to defend myself. The guy was on Leons chest. He took the gun and shot. He had really no choice as to where he could shoot. Leon has had a rough life. But he is not abusive. He collects guns and everyone that has met him knows it. He does drink, but that is all now. Leon has straightened up in the last year. But the guy that got shot is another story. He is constantly beating up his girlfriend, and he doesn't work, he sponges off of his girlfriend.
Powerful Oz

Walland, TN

#34 Jan 4, 2012
Felons who have been convicted of first degree murder, aggravated rape, treason, or voter fraud and
certain other offenses are also ineligible to obtain a handgun carry permit. Tenn. Code Ann.§ 40-29-
105(b)(2). Other felons who are otherwise qualified can obtain a handgun permit if they have had
their “full rights of citizenship” restored pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann.§§ 39-17-1351(j)(3)(Supp.
2001); 40-29-105.
opp

Washington, DC

#35 Jan 4, 2012
Leon was not charged with a violent felony or drug charge. That is why he can own a handgun.
Tennessee law contains certain firearm restrictions for convicted felons and thus - consistent with federal law - even restoration of rights will not allow possession of handguns for those convicted of certain violent felonies or felony drug convictions. See, State v. Johnson, 79 S.W.3d 522 (Tenn. 2002)("The plain language of [Tenn. Code Ann.§ 39-17-1307(b)(1)]
Thinking

Maryville, TN

#37 Jan 4, 2012
Powerful Oz wrote:
Felons who have been convicted of first degree murder, aggravated rape, treason, or voter fraud and
certain other offenses are also ineligible to obtain a handgun carry permit. Tenn. Code Ann.§ 40-29-
105(b)(2). Other felons who are otherwise qualified can obtain a handgun permit if they have had
their “full rights of citizenship” restored pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann.§§ 39-17-1351(j)(3)(Supp.
2001); 40-29-105.
State Law has NO weight in Court when Federal Law states NO ex Felon may obtain the Right to Own or Possess a Handgun. You are only thinking of State Law. Sorry for you're missunderstanding of the Federal Law. I understand.
Family Member

Bulls Gap, TN

#38 Jan 4, 2012
Like I said before. If I shot someone and almost killed them and he still isnt out of the woods yet, I would claim self defense and have a story too. I would make marks on myself to make the story look like I was telling the truth. People are cold hearted this day and time and of course its going to be like this.
I dont care what the cause....Ok if he was beating up his girlfriend what right does that mean he needs shot with a 9mm to die??? Does that mean he needs to die?? NO!!!!!!!!!! To me that means she needs to get away from him and not put up with it...not stay with him..I think its all messed up.. and it sure is weird that someone can get shot and no one is in jail for questioning or holding or anything. Seems like a Hawkins County favorite just like the justice system here...shot someone and kill them for no reason!! No other option than pull a gun and shoot someone????
Thinking

Maryville, TN

#39 Jan 4, 2012
Family Member wrote:
Like I said before. If I shot someone and almost killed them and he still isnt out of the woods yet, I would claim self defense and have a story too. I would make marks on myself to make the story look like I was telling the truth. People are cold hearted this day and time and of course its going to be like this.
I dont care what the cause....Ok if he was beating up his girlfriend what right does that mean he needs shot with a 9mm to die??? Does that mean he needs to die?? NO!!!!!!!!!! To me that means she needs to get away from him and not put up with it...not stay with him..I think its all messed up.. and it sure is weird that someone can get shot and no one is in jail for questioning or holding or anything. Seems like a Hawkins County favorite just like the justice system here...shot someone and kill them for no reason!! No other option than pull a gun and shoot someone????
That's why we have 911, not to take the Law into your own hands. It sound's that no one was in immediate danger.

"imminent danger include the attacker’s apparent intent to cause great bodily injury or death, the device used by the attacker to cause great bodily injury or death, and the attacker’s opportunity and ability to use the means to cause great bodily injury of death"

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Thinking

Maryville, TN

#40 Jan 4, 2012
Other than the one that got shot...
Family Member

Bulls Gap, TN

#41 Jan 4, 2012
I have guns in my home and plan to use them if need be, but I do not have them laying all over the house in arms reach planning to kill someone.
What if someone and there kids are visiting him and pull a gun out and shoot someone?? You stated earlier that he took the child home?? Well maybe that was the best thing I heard in this post, maybe he didnt want his child around his collection of guns that he has all over the house.

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