By Dean Weingarten
The law builds on a trend started with an Arizona law that codified the defensive display of a firearm as legal.
The Arizona law had been prompted by criminals use of the criminal justice system to punish people who had foiled their crimes by displaying a firearm in self defense.
This Oregon case, though it did not receive official sanction, shows how criminals attempt to use, or use, the criminal justice system to their advantage.
In the Coos Bay case, two homeless men attacked a homeowner who they believed had reported them to the authorities. The attack occurred before 3 a.m. in the morning. From komonews.com:
The two transients believed the man had reported them to the Bureau of Land Management as trespassers, the sheriff said.
Killingsworth and Moore took turns hitting the victim with the bat, causing extensive head, face and back injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
In an attempt to escape after the attack, the victim grabbed a shotgun from his home and fired two rounds into the air, the sheriff said.
The two suspects fled to a nearby residence and called police to report that they had been shot at.
In this case, the police arrested the two attackers and transported the badly injured victim to the hospital. Shotgun rounds (birdshot) fired into the air, are virtually harmless. They are a case where the shooter can be certain that a “warning” shot will do no harm. The shot will bounce off of skin or clothing at anything over a hundred yards away.
Things might have turned out differently if the victim had been able to retrieve the shotgun before he was hit. I wonder what the police response would have been in that case.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.