77 Year Old Homeowner in Mass. Facing Charges For Using Inherited Gun in Legal Defensive Gun Use

August 25 2014
by GSL Staff
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A 77 year old homeowner is still facing gun charges in Massachusetts, despite the fact that he was justified in using a firearm to defend himself.

According to local media reports, a party was being held at the man’s home when one of the guests was asked to leave. That guest returned to the party with his stepfather.

The two suspects began damaging property using rocks and a baseball bat. When they approached the elderly homeowner, he shot them both.

The suspects are being treated at an area hospital for gunshot wounds and both are expected to survive.

Sounds like a pretty legit defensive gun use, right? Hold on. Don’t forget this is Massachusetts we’re talking about here.

The homeowner is currently facing charges because the handgun he used to defend himself was an inherited gun which belonged to a deceased relative.

Fortunately, the homeowner is only facing an “unlawful possession of a firearm within a home” charge, which is a misdemeanor that carries no jail time. Even so, it’s ridiculous that he has to deal with that charge after having his home attacked.

This is the 5th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Massachusetts and the 1,268th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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