A homeowner was awakened by noises inside his house and decided to check them out, only to find a burglar had broken into his firearm storage room. The armed citizen confronted the burglar who hadn’t accessed any firearm and shot him.
When police arrived at 1600 block of 126th St SE, Washington, at 4:50 am after the homeowner’s emergency call, and they found a man in his 30s lying on the floor.
Assisted by the Everett Fire department, they tried to give first aid to the intruder, but he succumbed within a few minutes. The investigating officers established that the criminal had breached the homeowner’s firearm storage room.
No charges were filed for the homeowner, who is in his 70s, but an investigation is still ongoing. The identity of the intruder has also not been established, and the police are waiting on the results from Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy report as well as identifying information.
Gun control advocates push for various firearm storage rules that would render guns inaccessible in an emergency incident like this. In this case, it appears the burglar would have had earlier access to the firearm storage. Washington itself has a gun storage law that does not obligate gun owners to lock away their firearms.
However, they could face charges of community endangerment due to unsafe storage if the firearm is accessed by a prohibited person or used in a crime. The law also obligates sellers to provide safe storage devices for gun buyers as well. This law does not apply if a firearm is obtained through a break-in as long as the firearm owner reports within five days.
In this incident, the homeowner did not have five days to report had the burglar accessed his firearms ahead of him. The criminal would have used the homeowner’s guns to kill him regardless of what safe storage laws say about gun safety. The purpose of having a firearm locked away defeats the purpose of having one and even endangers the life of the gun owner.
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