As far as I can tell, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer--despite having a name that sounds like the contrary--is a real source of news. So check this out:
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A state lawmaker was arrested after his pistol fired as he confronted two utility workers checking for storm damage outside his parents' home.
Rep. Wallace Scarborough, 47, was charged with two counts of assault with intent to kill after he pointed a pistol at utility workers and then fired it Saturday night, according to a police report...
...Altman said he wants the charges dismissed and an apology from the electric company. "I don't think it's against the law to fire a pistol into your own back porch. It's absolutely obscene to think that a judge would uphold these charges," he said.