After the home defense shooting.....


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greyhound
June 30, 2003, 08:38 PM
Now here is one I've never been able to understand. Whenever I read about a person shooting someone invading their home, or indeed any home-related firearm incident, its always seems like "and the authorities confiscated all the firearms in the home". Of course I can understand taking the weapon involved, but why the heck do they have to take them all? I can also see us just telling the involved person not to reveal the presence of additional firearms, but really, who would be in the frame of mind after a shooting to not reveal that? I wonder if its a sneaky way to get guns "off the street" as if us "soft guys" (if this comment by a Minnesota sheriff isn't a thread here it will be) are committing crimes with our gun collection?
And I wonder even if the shooting is ruled justifiable, would the home owner get his guns back? I bet it would be difficult. Now of course I'd rather have my life than my guns, but this just seems like an unnecessary abuse of a citizen's rights by the government. The fact that someone was forced to use a firearm to defend their life should not automatically bar them from firearm ownership. Heck, that's why they investigate these things. And, maybe, this practice is confined to the liberal states, but I could swear I've read articles about this all over the place. Any opinions?

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Standing Wolf
June 30, 2003, 10:14 PM
If the attempted murderer's mother says he was a good boy, the law-abiding American citizen who defended his life needs to be disarmed out of respect for the dead, and they were pretty much all good boys, of course, who never meant anyone any serious harm.

Mannlicher
June 30, 2003, 10:27 PM
To a large extent, thats a lot of baloney. A rightous shooting is going to be judged that way. Don't get too caught up in the current rash of fearing juries and prosecuters. Some here would almost rather be shot than defend themselves, just so some imaginary jury won't roast them for using this gun, or that round, or what have you.

Use common sense, know the laws in your state/community for protecting yourself, and follow them. Very few home defense shootings result in trouble for the victim.

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