Thursday, September 01, 2005

Non-jury Trial -- Concealed Weapon Hero

New Mexico is the location of our latest non-jury trial news.

First, what was New Mexico's form of conceal law?

New Mexico allows citizens age 21 and over to carry concealed weapons if they complete firearms training and pass national and local criminal background checks.

This is more stringent than Georgia, which requires only (1) age and (2) background check.

The shooting was also a first, as the law was passed in late 2004. The media loves "firsts":

A fatal shooting at an Albuquerque Wal-Mart last week was the state's first by someone with a concealed-carry gun permit, authorities said.

The shooting was also in defense of another, making it especially heroic.

Police said Felix Vigil was attacking his ex-wife with a knife near the store's deli counter where she worked when an armed customer intervened and shot him. The woman, Joyce Cordova, was treated for multiple stab wounds and later released from an Albuquerque hospital.

The hero, Due Moore, was also unlikely to be able to help were it not for the gun. He was 72 years old.

Felix Vigil will not attack anyone else with a knife. Mr. Moore tried him, convicted him and executed him. No appeal is expected or necessary.


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