DC Gun Owner Charged $1,000 After Using Handgun to Save Young Boy’s Life

May 20 2013
by GSL Staff
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Benjamin Srigley, of Washington DC, did what he thought was right when he saw a neighbor boy being attacked by 3 unrestrained dogs in his neighborhood back in January.

Knowing that his gun did not meet the near impossible DC gun registry laws, Mr. Srigley still retrieved his gun and approached the dogs, who were now mauling the boy. He opened fire, hitting and killing one of the dogs. A nearby police officer heard the shots and also responded. He opened fire on the animals as well, killing the other two.

Following the attack, police found unregistered handguns and ammo in Mr. Srigley’s possession. Unregistered handguns can carry a penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine per instance in Washington DC. DC only recently put in place any method of legally owning a handgun within the District’s borders, but those requirements are nearly impossible to meet without an enormous investment of time and money.

Mr. Srigley will not face jail time as a result of the unregistrered handguns found at his residence, but he will have to pay a $1,000 fine as part of the agreement with authorities.

According to a Washinton Times article on the subject,

In addition to paying a $1,000 fine, which was submitted in full Wednesday when the case when to court, the charges against Mr. Srigley— who police noted has no criminal record — will be dropped on condition he is not charged with any other crimes in the next two months.

While investigating the case, police seized Mr. Srigley’s pistol, which he said he purchased legally in Virginia when he lived there, and close to 100 rounds of ammunition from his home. Mr. Srigley told investigators that he owned two other guns — an antique M-1 rifle and a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun — which were in a storage space in the District.

Police also seized those guns, but authorities have agreed they will return the firearms to Mr. Srigley when he registers them in Maryland, where he plans to soon move.

We applaud Mr. Srigley’s bravery for saving the boy’s life even though he knew there would be repercussions. We also think it’s great Mr. Srigley’s has decided to get out of DC, although Maryland may not be a better choice for gun owners given the recent laws passed there, which are almost are restrictive as the DC laws.

For those wondering, the owner of the dogs who were allowed to run loose is being charged with 9 different crimes for the failure to secure his animals.

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