Homeowner Stops Intruder After Home Invasion, with Unloaded Gun?

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Homeowner Stops Intruder After Home Invasion, with Unloaded Gun?
Homeowner Stops Intruder After Home Invasion, with Unloaded Gun?
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- 40/29 News on demand reports 06-25-2017 in Spiro, Oklahoma, that around midnight a woman and her husband were in their home, when the (front) door swung open.

They called out as they thought it was her father arriving, but no one answered. When they walked toward the entrance to the home, they noticed an unknown man walking into the house.

The woman was able to grab her gun and stop the man. She escorted him outside. The couple called 911 and police were able to respond quickly.

The victim told 40/29 News they normally keep one bullet (cartridge or shell?) in the gun, but her husband told her after the incident it was completely empty.

The man was arrested after the incident, but his name has not been released.

Comments:

Note to couples, always be on the same page as to which guns are loaded and which are unloaded in safe storage.

I’m aware of many instances wherein after cleaning firearms from a range trip, guns kept for home defense don’t get reloaded.

Keep defensive firearms clean, loaded and placed where you can find them in a hurry and in the dark. Right after reading this would be a good time to check while it’s fresh in your mind.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.

  • 16 thoughts on “Homeowner Stops Intruder After Home Invasion, with Unloaded Gun?

    1. One last question… If hubby knew that the gun was unloaded, why wasn’t hubby retrieving a backup while mom was playing her hand with an empty house. pun intended

    2. Sounds like a gun safety and shooting class is needed…these folks are winners of the Bucky Lastard Award fer sure..

    3. Lots of well-deserved criticism here about leaving doors unlocked at night and not having a loaded gun when you need it.

      But I’d like to focus on something different. That is, why have almost all recent reports of the use of or threatened use of or near use of deadly force had to do with home invasions. Are they the criminal’s flavor of the month?

      Outside my home fly the colors, a Marine flag (well-deserved, 8 years of service) and a plaque which indicates that I was an Marine infantry officer. Those are well-lit at night, as is the entire property.

      Someone who invaded my home after seeing all those danger warning signs would be greeted first by my German Shepherd (intact male at 115 lbs) then by my guns and then, if he survived, a dunce cap (can’t read or understand) a straight jacket (crazy and dangerous to himself) and a ride to the loony bin with a brief stop in prison to get his back door cleaned real good.

    4. Of course, it wasn’t a good idea to approach a stranger in your home with an empty gun but I’m sure it happened too fast for her to check it. Thank God that the unknown bluff worked this time but I sure as hell wouldn’t trust it to happen a second time. She’s extremely lucky he didn’t test that situation. This is really a live & learn event. Good thing he cooperated.

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    5. Of course, it wasn’t a good idea to approach a stranger in your home with an empty gun but I’m sure it happened too fast for her to check it. Thank God that the unknown bluff worked this time but I sure as hell wouldn’t trust it to happen a second time. She’sextremely lucky he didn’t test that situation. This is really a live & learn event. Good thing he cooperated.

      1. turns out that THIS ONE TIME, that paperweight/rock WAS quite useful

        I’ll wager SHE thought it was loaded, as it normally was, and thus she projected a sense of authority that spoke sudden death to the perp. Something about a state of mind… SHE had it, he was a coward, as are many criminals.

        So it worked THIS time. I won’t keep a gun out and accessible unless it IS loaded, full mag, safety off, ready to pick up and fire NOW, And I know where a second mag is.

        The unloaded ones are sequestered away. If I’m not home and someone breaks in and finds the loaded one. my bad, I’ve supplied a loaded weapon to a dirtbag. (but if I’m not home it won’t be laying about, It will be on my hip.). If they find any of the unloaded ones and get them, then I’ve a simple gun theft situation. Bad anough…. but at least they’ll have to go find some ammunition.

        I’m certain they’ve learned…. KEEP IT READY. Ya never know.

    6. So the front door was unlocked. Their failure started right there. However, most people live in “condition white” especially while in their “castle.”

      1. Ive lived here thirty years, never locked the door at all until about five years ago when the city-sponsored homeless rats began cruising the area making light with “things”. Some places its perfectly fine. I know some folks bought a house in Portland Oregon three years back, as we were introducing ourselves to the neighbours the women )probably in her 80’s) remembered.. I have a key to the back door, have had it for forty years, Shall I get it for you? Nah, you keep it, Never can tell when we might be locked out. The former occupants had reportedly never locked the house until only a couple years before… never an incident anywhere in that whole neighbourhood.

    7. Sounds like a Barney Fife of the Mayberry RFD PD scenario. Deputy Fife was only given one bullet – “A REAL policeman only needs one bullet.” Now what could’ve possibly gone wrong in the real scenario? Aside from the gun being unloaded which, if the bad guys had found out that little piece of information, could’ve turned bad real fast and the owner would’ve had to hope the gun was made out of chocolate as the thief would’ve undoubtedly tried to make her eat it. Sounds like a real sketchy proposition, just like her assumption that the gun was loaded instead of insuring that it was.

      1. Well, you are supposed to treat all firearms (nofirearms) as if they are loaded. As we said during my 27 years of police work, Thank God the Criminals are Stupid!!!

      2. Zackley, my first thought was Barney ! The ONLY thing that saved their lives was the shape of the “paperweight” she had in her hand ! NOT smart to have an empty gun at a possible gunfight or protection of you or your families lives.

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